It is with a mixture of excitement and sadness that we write you today with some news about Provence Restaurants. Recently, Raj Aujay, a former employee, made us an offer to purchase our original restaurant, Provence Mediterranean Grill, on West 10th Avenue in Point Grey. After much soul searching, negotiating and dreaming, we decided to accept the offer.Our youngest son recently left home for his first solo trip to Europe. The decision to let go of Provence Mediterranean Grill (affectionately called P1) feels very similar to letting Remi go off on his own.
Nineteen years ago we opened P1’s doors and were immediately welcomed with warmth by the neighbourhood. Later, our ‘baby’ grew to include siblings Provence Marinaside and TWB – The Wine Bar in Yaletown. Over the years, we not only grew restaurants, we raised a family – both our sons (Matisse and Remi) are now young men and work in the restaurants. P1 has always been at our core so this decision was not taken lightly but we felt it was time.
P1 will close after brunch service on November 27th. Raj then takes over and makes the space his own. We understand he would like to make employment offers to the current P1 employees. We are also hoping to absorb any of those who would like to stay with Provence into Marinaside and TWB if at all possible.
It has been an amazing journey at P1 and it will continue with Provence Marinaside and TWB. In the coming weeks we’ll be updating you on special events, menus and customer appreciations through to the end of November. Please drop by and say “hello/good-bye.”
Thank you for your fabulous support of Provence Mediterranean Grill over the past 19 years. We look forward to seeing you at Provence Marinaside and TWB.
Alessandra and Jean-Francis Quaglia
Chefs/Owners, Provence Restaurants