ITHACA, N.Y. — Downtown Ithaca celebrated the opening of a new French-Asian fusion restaurant, Le Commons Bistro, on Thursday with hors d’oeuvres, roses, neighbors and of course, a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Le Commons Bistro is located on the Ithaca Commons between Autumn Leaves Used Books and Gorgers Taco Shack. The bistro is owned by Patrick Hatsady, who brings a “wealth of experience” to the new restaurant, Gary Ferguson, executive director of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance, said.
Hatsady has more than 20 years of restaurant experience. He has owned two other restaurants previously in New York City, and most recently was the managing partner of Taste of Thai on the Commons. He first came to Ithaca two summers ago and liked it enough to stay and invest in a local business, he said.
During the opening, Hatsady greeted visitors with a big smile, served foie gras and other small bites and handed out red and yellow roses.
Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick said Hatsady is one of the most interesting people in Ithaca and said he he knows Hatsady will pour his high energy into the new business. Myrick said the Commons draws people from all over Ithaca and is everyone’s “front yard.”
“That means we need the Commons,” Myrick said. “Downtown will only work if small businesses like this one are successful.”
On the menu for starters, diners will find spring rolls, edamame and Thai salads beside escargot and steak tartare. Starters are between $5 and $12. Entrees feature Thai curries, Vietnamese noodle dishes along with dishes like Moules-Frites or Cotes d’Agneau (rack of lamb with fries or wasabi-garlic puree and mixed greens). Entree prices range from $14 to $25.
The French and Asian fusion menu draws from Hatsady’s background. Hatsady is Laotian, but was raised in France. The first restaurant he opened had a Thai and Vietnamese menu, and the second was a Thai cafe. He chose to open a French and Asian restaurant in Ithaca because there is nothing else like it. He also wanted there to be options for everyone when they come to his restaurant.
“I’d like people to check us out,” Hatsady said.
Learn more and follow Le Commons Bistro at www.facebook.com/LeCommonsBistro.
Here’s a few images from Thursday’s ribbon cutting: