Epcot restaurant Bistro de Paris reopened on December 11 as “Monsieur Paul” with new decor and a new menu. The restaurant is decorated with mementos of Chef Paul Bocuse’s culinary career, including his 48 straight years being awarded three Michelin stars for his Auberge du Pont de Collognes restaurant and his being named “Chef of the Century” by the Culinary Institute of America. The new name comes from the nickname used in the kitchen in the 1950s to differentiate Paul Bocuse from his father, Chef George Bocuse.
“The newly renovated restaurant inherits the air of hospitality of my father’s restaurant as each staff member goes above and beyond to offer the warmest, most inviting service possible,” says Jerome.
Servers now wear white shirts, purple ties, and long black aprons instead of the tuxedos formerly worn at the restaurant, and the white linen tablecloths are gone as well. The restaurant opens at 5:30 p.m. for dinner each night.
“My father, Paul Bocuse, first opened Les Chefs de France here at Epcot in 1982 with Chefs Gaston Lenôtre and Roger Vergé – it was the first and only Bocuse-affiliated restaurant in America,” says Bocuse. “Things have now come full circle, with me having the opportunity to open a restaurant here bearing my father’s name – I’ve seen the dining scene change and we are evolving with it.”
Reservations for Chef Paul Bocuse’s Monsieur Paul Restaurant at Epcot’s Paris is available online or by calling the Walt Disney World Dining Line at 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463).