Chef Jean Pierre Gozard brings his French delicacies downtown »Albuquerque Journal

The experienced Albuquerque restaurateur and Parisian-born Jean Pierre Gozard is pictured in one of his previous restaurants in 2008. (Albuquerque Journal File Photo)

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Chef Jean Pierre Gozard has served his French cuisine in almost every corner of the Albuquerque subway for the past 40 years, except downtown.

That will change soon.

The experienced restaurateur, who also owns the Café Jean Pierre near Century 24 Multi-Plex, plans to open a new restaurant in 228 Gold SW this spring.

Other French restaurants were previously housed in an area of ​​1,350 square meters. Following the recent closure of Le Cafe Miche, Bo Galles of Peterson Properties brokered a deal to enlist Paris-born Gozard.

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Gozard called the place “very cute” and said he would focus on a menu of simple dishes, sandwiches, quiches, and salads.

“(It’s) more of a bistro style, less expensive (menu),” said Gozard, who plans to call it Le Troquet.

Gozard has been an integral part of the Albuquerque food scene for decades. His previous endeavors included locations in Old Town, northeast Albuquerque, and Corrales. He’s never had a restaurant downtown even though he said he saw a market opening there.

“I think there is some demand for it,” he said.

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