Marc Fontaine outside the now-closed Bienvenue, which will become a Thai restaurant. Fontaine plans to open a pastry shop on Monmouth Street. (Click to enlarge)
By JOHN T. WARD
Restaurant-crazy Red Bank’s ethnic pot is getting stirred again.
For Francophiles, the news is bad, as Bienvenue, the only French restaurant for miles around, has closed.
Those hankering for another Thai choice, though, will get their wish, as one moves into the space Bienvenue vacated last month, at the corner of East Front Street and Wharf Avenue.
Bienvenue’s chef, Marc Fontaine, meantime, plans to open a pastries and crepes café at 8 Monmouth Street.
Farther west on Monmouth, work has resumed on yet-to-open Peruvian restaurant after months of inactivity.
And, for dessert, a homemade ice cream shop plans to open before summer begins on White Street, in the space held by the short-lived Nina’s Waffles.