Last March The French Table restaurant 129 E. Anapamu Street was sold and became Piano Gastrolounge. I am now told the business has been updated again and the new name is Piano Riviera Lounge. The business is run by Chef/General Manager Stephen Goularte and musician Fabrice Allain, two local tastemakers and seasoned veterans in the hospitality and entertainment industry.
“I feel very fortunate to partner with Stephen and Fabrice who understand the Santa Barbara culture and community, and see the extraordinary opportunity to integrate our casual culinary approach to good food and drinks into the experience,” said Michael Ganz, owner of Piano Riviera Lounge. “They have created the perfect fusion of food, music, art and culture, and we’re excited to share it with everyone.”
Under the culinary direction of Goularte, whose passion and palate is inspired by casual Riviera cuisine (French, Italian, Spain and California), the menu features local farmer’s market fresh cuisine and seasonal favorites. The menu is inspired by the casual, fresh culture of the Rivieras and in addition to main entrees, a large selection of small plates are designed to be shared amongst friends, or romantic dinners on the patio terrace. At Piano Riviera Lounge, Goularte has created a selection of vegetarian options, seafood specials and a wide variety of wood-fired pizzas. The bar has an extensive beer and wine list featuring local favorites and prime picks from France and Italy, along with handcrafted, fresh fruit Soju cocktails and Sangrias.
Santa Barbara music and art aficionado Fabrice Allain offers a rhythmic blend of local music talent to compliment the pulsating sounds of world music. The baby grand piano is the highlight, and depending on the day, you can enjoy a solo pianist, an 8 piece jazz band, or DJ onstage.
Piano Riviera Lounge is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. For more information call 882-0050 or visit sbpiano.com.