Popular Myers Park French bistro and sister restaurant close their doors suddenly

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Aix En Provence, 545 Providence Road, has closed its doors.

The French restaurant Aix en Provence in Myers Park and its sister location, Le Cochon d’Or in Waxhaw, have suddenly closed their doors.

Citing a newsletter sent to customers, Charlotte Magazine first reported the closure of the two restaurants, which are owned by Bryan St. Clair and Patrick Garrivier. “Please keep our employees and their families in your thoughts as they transition to new employment,” the email read.

Neither St. Clair nor Garrivier could immediately be reached for comment.

Aix en Provence opened on Providence Road in early 2016 in the spot previously occupied by the restaurant Terra. In a 2016 Observer story, Garrivier described the restaurant’s menu as Provencal with Mediterranean influences, incorporating flavors from northern Italy, northern Spain and northern Africa.

It is unclear whether the closure of the two restaurants affects the opening of Aix, a rotisserie chicken stand owned by St. Clair and Garrivier. The 500 square-foot eatery is expected to open soon at Optimist Hall.

This article originally ran in the Charlotte Observer.

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  1. Au revoir, Aix. This is a cautionary tale for the next restaurateur hoping to bring fine French dining to the city.
    Charlotte evidently cannot patronize dinner-focused French restaurants enough to keep them afloat, as demonstrated by the closure of Georges Brasserie, Lumiere, Aix en Provence, and Le Cochon d’Or all within 12 months of each other. On the other hand, the French cafes and brunch-focused restaurants thrive; see Cafe Monte, the new and improved Renaissance Patissserie, La Belle Helene, and the ever-growing number of Amelie’s locations. One of the key differences, it seems, is that the former provided excellent dining but charged a relatively high price for small portions while the latter provide more bang for the buck.

    • exactly..
      if this group charges too much for their new rotisserie chicken…it will fail too..i live close to the new location and will give a try….hoping they now get it..best of luck, see you when you open.

    • I wouldn’t say all of that can be inferred by these closures. Lumiere did close because of sales, it was the unexpected death of the co-owner. We don’t know the details of Aix and Le Conchon but due to the suddenness, this could have also been a personal event that happened.

      • The evidence on the ground before the shuttering of all of these was that sales was indeed the core problem, even at Lumiere. I frequented all of these places (except Cochon) and did not find them to be very busy outside of holidays and Restaurant Weeks. All began to show the same signs of trouble before going under. They started offering cash back on Yelp, extra points on Open Table, miles on Rewards Network, and so forth. They presumably started doing this in the final months (and only then) as a Hail Mary to generate more sales by filling the otherwise empty tables.

        This trend started happening at Lumiere about 6 months before Matt Pera passed away (and the same happened at the sister restaurant, The Liberty, which also started plastering Groupon and Living Social with deals). And, to my recollection, Lumiere also brought in new staff in the months before Mr. Pera’s passing to shake things up and bring in customers.

        Certainly, Mr. Pera’s passing may have exacerbated the problem and hastened Lumiere’s (and Liberty’s) closure, but evidence of a revenue problem was present well before that. As soon as I saw both Aix and Cochon appear on Rewards Network (about 3-4 months ago) offering airline miles for spending, I suspected they would not be long for this world.

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