Ah, Paris! The winding streets. The cobblestone lined with bistro tables. The fashionable people gazing pensively. Couldn’t you just picture this romantic scene… on Weybosset Street?
Well, Ellen Slattery certainly can. It’s been 20 years since the energetic restaurateur opened Gracie’s, the acclaimed restaurant on nearby Washington Street. Her adjunct bakery, Ellie’s, is packed every day with pastry fans. Now, Slattery is slated to open a new Ellie’s, right across the street from the Providence Performing Arts Center. The bistro is modeled on the cultivated French cafes one sees in calendars, and its doors should open sometime this spring.
“The concept for Ellie’s evolved from the principles that Ellie’s Bakery was founded on – the simple, wholesome, unhurried Parisian way of life – combined with our commitment to grow in response to the community’s desires,” Slattery remarked when the project was first announced. She was particularly smitten with the space, a long-empty storefront in the heart of downtown. “It provides substantial room, a soulful feel, wonderful lighting, and will enable Ellie’s to fully embody a Parisian-style neighborhood eatery with a dinner program featuring simple, seasonally-inspired French classics.”
The new restaurant will be able to seat 40 at a time and will showcase the creations of Gracie’s Executive Chef Matthew Varga. Serving breakfast, brunch, and dinner, the new Ellie’s should provide round-the-clock joie de vivre.