New French restaurant coming to Eldorado | Business

French restaurants are thin pickings in Santa Fe, and French restaurants that serve dinner are even thinner.

Soon-to-be-married couple Alain Jorand and Suzanne Eichler will go full-blown French with their Le Pommier, opening in some form on Bastille Day, the big holiday in France on July 14.

They won’t be fortifying the French offerings in Santa Fe proper, instead opening a bistro at La Tienda at Eldorado retail center, 7 Caliente Road. Le Pommier will be in the former La Plancha de Eldorado restaurant space.

“We want people to come here and feel like we’re going to spend two hours in the French countryside,” Eichler said. “It’s not about turning tables. If you want to sit on the patio with your dog, do it.”

Jorand is from Reims in the Champagne province northeast of Paris. He has owned French restaurants in Quebec; Florida; Buffalo, N.Y.; and the non-French Flying Fish Café in Aspen, Colo. He briefly was part of…

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