Sunday, February 22, 2009

South Wellfleet Gets Shot of Adrenalin

Wellfleet will have reason to celebrate in 2009 when it acquires not only a real French bakery with a honest-to-goodness boulangerie chef, but a French bistro with an experienced brasserie chef who has already earned an excellent reputation. I reported earlier in this blog that the French connection was on the way. Now it has made local headlines! Philippe Rispoli and his wife Valeria have chosen the abandoned clam shack in South Wellfleet, across LeCount Hollow Road from the Rail Trail parking area, and intend to open a new 60-seat restaurant as well as a French bakery. Chef Boris Villatte will be shaping the dough at Saveur de Pain. Both young Frenchmen already have experience working in the USA. Rispoli is executive chef at Daniel Bouloud Brasserie in Wynn, Las Vegas. Villatte supervises bread-making at Wynn Resort. This is truly exciting news, especially for everyone in South Wellfleet. Last month the trees beside the bike and surf shop were removed for reasons unknown. The whole South Wellfleet complex will get a sprucing up this spring, no doubt, and it has already begun. The Wellfleet Candy Company will sell its famous chocolate oysters from this location. The other businesses on the lot include the Wellfleet Chamber of Commerce, Seaside Liquors, the post office annex, the South Wellfleet General Store, and Blue Willow. During the economic downturn, Wellfleet can celebrate the fact that businesses continue to invest and even believe in the build-it-and-they-will-come syndrome.