Chowhounders are reporting a sign on the former L’Europe in South Salem says that it will soon be called Restaurant 123 One Twenty Three Restaurant & Bar. There was speculation that the new restaurant might be related to the wildly popular Restaurant 121 in North Salem. Not so, says general manager James Brown. “No,” he says. “But you’re about the fifth person to call and ask me that!”
I’ve left a message with the phone number at L’Europe (which still has an outgoing message saying it’s L’Europe and that they’re on vacation). I’ll get back with more info once I’ve got it myself.
UPDATE: The restaurant will be called One Twenty Three Restaurant & Bar.
Jeff Tosca, the son and nephew of the two former owners of L’Europe, has taken over the restaurant. He’s completing renovations now. They include:
• Removing the carpets and installing all new hardwood floors.
• Painting the restaurant a creamy off-white.
• Changing the curtains (the new drapes are brown)
• Changing the light fixtures
• Knocking a few openings in the wall between the bar and the dining room
He’s also changing the menu. The new food will be Mediterranean, “a mix of Italian, a little French, a touch of American,” says Tosca. “No more French high-class. A little less expensive.”
Tosca is still working on the menu, but it includes appetziers such as Fried Mozzarella ($6); Tuna Tartar wiht Thai Dressing ($12); and Maryland Crab Cakes ($12). A few of the pastas are Wild Mushroom Ravioli ($16); Penne with Sausage, Fennel and Cream ($16); and Seafood Fettucine with Shrimp, Scallops and Lobster ($24). And the entrees include Grilled Swordfish with Jasmine Rice and Spinach-Tomato-Feta Relish ($25); Roasted Rack of Lamb ($26); and Chicken with Marsala Mushroom Sauce ($17).
He’s hoping to open on February 8.
The 411 on One Twenty Three Restaurant & Bar. (It’s still L’Europe but will update soon.)