A popular Jacksonville restaurant flooded by Hurricane Irma in September will reopen Feb. 8 following months of repairs, according to its owners.
And work on Bistro Aix at 1440 San Marco Blvd. to repair hurricane flood damage includes updated interior design and changes in menu, said owners Jacques Klempf and Fraser Burns.
The hurricane’s impact Sept. 10 saw widespread flooding in San Marco, Riverside/Avondale and other communities along the St. Johns River. Bistro Aix had 3 to 4 feet of water in it for 12 to 16 hours, Forking Amazing Restaurants president Matt Mannick said in mid-September as construction crews prepared to begin tearing up floors and walls 18 inches above the water line. The independent restaurant group based in Jacksonville also owns the Cowford Chophouse.
“Ever since Hurricane Irma passed, we have been working hard to get Bistro Aix ready for service again,” Klempf said.
The updated interior design features a lighter color palette, while the private dining room’s former red and black color scheme is now white with dark oak furniture. The restaurant’s marketplace counter was replaced with a 10-seat farm table. The restaurant will also offer familiar as well as new menu items like seared duck breast and pan-seared diver scallops, plus a rotating selection of locally sourced draft beer, French wine and craft cocktails.
Danis led the four-month restoration, with design done by Design Cooperative.
Reservations can be made at BistroX.com and through OpenTable.