After nearly three months of negotiations, the owners of Cafe Provence signed a lease this week for their new Prairie Village shop.
The French Market by Cafe Provence is scheduled to open in early November at 6947 Tomahawk Road, in the former Tulip boutique spot. Tulip relocated to the Country Club Plaza.
The French Market will sell its own dressings, chutneys, aioli, quiche, pates, sauces, soups and stews, as well as some French imported products including linens and table wear.
“I think a lot of times people are hesitant and intimidated by French food — they think of it as heavy, a lot of butter, expensive,” said Patrick Quillec, general manager of Cafe Provence. “They always think high-handed restaurants. So this will give them a better understanding of what French food is all about and it can be easy on the pocketbook.”
In June, Quillec said he was considering several locations in the Prairie Village area for the new shop, but still hoped to open in The Village shopping center, near the restaurant.
Cafe Provence, which opened a dozen years ago in the Village, at 3936 W. 69th Terrace, has turned into a real family business.
Quillec’s wife Joanne Quillec is the owner. Their son, Philip Quillec, is executive chef and will be in charge of the food at the new market. Their daughter, Natalie Quillec, is in charge of the wine program at the restaurant and also is a server. Another daughter, Sophia Quillec, is now a senior at Shawnee Mission East High School and a table busser at the restaurant. Their two other children live in other states.
Patrick’s brother, Daniel Quillec, is a chef at Cafe Provence and his sister-in-law, Daniele Quillec, is general manager.