Le Soir has bid au revoir to Bayport.
The longstanding traditional French restaurant has closed its doors at 825 Montauk Highway, making way for a new French concept in the same space.
Sunflower Cafe & Bakery is set to open in the 1,971-square-foot, two-story building on Dec. 12, according to its website.
Sunflower will offer a bakery, along with sit-down dining service for lunch and dinner. Their website also indicates they will be introducing breakfast in the new year. Click here for the different menus.
The inspiration for Sunflower comes from the ownership’s travels to France, coupled with their “passion for gardening and penchant for infusing unexpected herbs into every creation,” as per its website.
They will have big shoes to fill, replacing Le Soir, a longtime favorite for Long Islanders seeking a romantic night out and quality escargot.
Established in 1977 by the husband-and-wife team Michael and Janina Kaziewicz, the restaurant underwent reconstruction in 2013 following a devastating summer fire. After the reopening, Newsday food reviewer Peter Gianotti wrote the following about the restaurant and its dishes:
“The snails are plump, herbaceous and bubbling in their dimpled plate. The cassoulet is full of perfectly cooked white beans plus duck and sausages. There’s respectable onion soup, crisp-skinned duck a l’orange, and a chocolate mousse that’s two scoops of rich nostalgia.”
Le Soir officially closed earlier this month.
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Top: The patio of the former Le Soir in Bayport. (Credit: Facebook)