Apr 17 2012


If you listened to my segment on Lite 106.9 a few weeks back you were given a taste of my high school C minus French III level accent when talking about new restaurant La Coop: Bistro à Vins opening in the Green Building! Well mark your calendars because the official open date and been announced as April 24th. And from my extremely creepy peaking in the windows over the weekend I think we’re in for a treat.

Level 5 restaurant clinger alert.

Here’s a taste of the menu taped to the window:

Pain Perdu Banane with bananas Foster French toast, maple cream and bourbon maple syrup ($7); Daily Crêpe Specials (market value); Hot Dog Agneau with lamb sausage, onion and pear chowchow and fries ($7); Coq Au Vin with braised chicken, salted pork, glazed carrots, mushrooms and braised pearl onions ($14); Coquilles St. Jacques with scallops, fennel and celery root ragoût and blistered tomato ($18); and Travers De Bœuf with short rib, grits and onion confit ($19). The desserts all cost $6 and include items like Crème Brûlée Aux Pistaches with classic pistachio custard, cinnamon, pistachio tuile and cream and Chocolat Aux Noix Popcorn featuring chocolate-walnut popcorn and sea salt.

La Coop is a slang word roughly meaning ‘chicken coop’ giving a wink to the small 1500 square foot space.  Expect rustic French dishes with many being sous vide, or food that is vacuum sealed and slowly cooked in a water bath.  This technique makes meat dishes super tender while adding a huge punch of flavor.

Gorgeous birdcage outside of the restaurant.

I’ve been checking in on Open Table where they’ve set up an account but you can’t yet make reservations.  What looks most enticing to you on their menu?

La Coop: Bistro à Vins. Lunch Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner is available Tuesday through Thursday from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. The bar opens at 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. 732 E Market St in downtown Louisville.


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