Ambassador Hotel Oklahoma City, Autograph Collection will open a French-Style bistro called Cafe Cuvée (pronounced KOO-vay). Set to open in summer 2018, Cafe Cuvée will serve approachable French fare in the space currently occupied by Viceroy Grille, located on the hotel's main floor in Oklahoma City.
In order to prepare the space for Cafe Cuvée, Viceroy Grille will undergo a thorough renovation to ensure that an authentic, welcoming, and à la mode atmosphere is created for the new restaurant.
A market study done by the Ambassador Hotel and Coury Hospitality revealed that Oklahoma City is lacking a downtown venue which caters to those looking for an upscale yet approachable culinary experience serving quality, bistro-style French cuisine.
"With our array of souffles, pastries and other specialty French dishes, we feel like we are going to fill a void in terms of where people can go for good French fare in a comfortable and casual setting," explained Kurt Fleischfresser, Culinary Director for Coury Hospitality.
Like cuvee itself, which is the blending of different grape varieties, Cafe Cuvée will create a rich fusion between classical and modern, approachable yet à la mode and curated that will be coupled with the restaurant's world-class customer service and special tableside experience.
Located in the Ambassador Hotel Oklahoma City, the French-style bistro will provide a nice complement to the hotel's stylish and popular rooftop O Bar.
Cafe Cuvée will be led by rising star Chef Taylor Desjarlais, whose gastronomy career began with a 2.5-year chef apprenticeship at Oklahoma City's iconic Coach House restaurant, where he learned to master a diverse array of techniques and cuisines. His stellar performance and exceptional creations led Chef Desjarlais to be named sous chef at one of Oklahoma's top fine dining restaurants, Vast. After a short but successful eight-month stint at the award-winning restaurant located atop Devon Center, Taylor has now been called upon to shape the future of Cafe Cuvée.
"As my name suggests, I have French heritage and have always been fascinated by the incredible textures and flavors of French cuisine," explained Desjarlais. "I'm honored and excited to now have the opportunity to translate my passion into a personal tribute to the rich culinary identity of France."
Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Cafe Cuvée will seat up to 48 people.