The creative troop behind Campfire, whose wood-fired restaurant and bar has brightened the North County dining scene while impressively distinguishing itself among top eateries across all of San Diego since it opened in 2016, is planning a second restaurant in Carlsbad. Set to make an entrance this fall, Jeune et Jolie will be a modern French bistro; meaning “young and beautiful“ in French, the restaurant’s name also honors owner John Resnick and chef Andrew Bachelier‘s daughters Elsie June and Margot Jolie. For this project, Resnick and Bachelier are again teaming up with bar manager Leigh Lacap and design firm Bells & Whistles.
Located a short stroll away from Campfire on State Street, Jeune et Jolie will encompass a 2,000-square-foot, 80-seat space. Aligned with contemporary French cuisine, which values lighter preparations and seasonal ingredients, its menu will showcase locally-harvested grains, seafood, and produce. And of course, what would a bistro be without an oyster bar?
Bachelier trained in classical French technique but he won‘t be limited solely to French fare. The menu will also pull inspiration from cultures whose food has been influenced by France, including the Caribbean, Vietnam and Africa. Lacap’s beverage program will feature a traditional absinthe tower, French spirits such as cognac and armagnac, and a selection of natural wines. The bistro will be open for dinner nightly along with weekend brunch.