New Bistro Coming to Town?

Just heard on Twitter that a new bistro is coming soon to Salem, The Crooked House Bistro.
After a little Googling, I found this and this.
 Not sure if the last 2005 link is about the same chef.  I wonder if this is the same owner/chef that used to run Fleur de Sel on State St. in the Adam's Ribs location?

Just heard from local restaurateur, Janet Henry, that this is the same owner/chef who operated Fleur de Sel. She added that the bistro will be,
"... on Edgewater – used to be Crooked House Café years ago, then Dessert Diva was in there, and just recently Café K.I.S."

I'll add to this when I find out more.


DeeDeeDiner said...

This is indeed fabulous news! Fleur de Sel was the restaurant-closing that I most mourned. As I recall, part of the “issue” was Bernard’s wish to create a welcoming neighborhood bistro without having to get involved in the messy world of advertising :-)

For the last few years he has been working with his best friend at Patanegra in Portland. I’ve eaten there and enjoyed it but will celebrate having him back in town. Insofar as I know, he and his family still live in Salem.

Thanks for the news---I’ll eagerly await updates.

DeeDeeDiner said...

News flash: I just conferred with a friend of Bernard's who said that the bistro is scheduled to open in September. Hooray!

Chuck Bradley said...

Although I lament the demise of Café K.I.S., I very much look forward to the new eatery!

Anonymous said...

We have been working hard on The Crooked House Bistro and should be opening sometime this month. We look forward to seeing all of you at the restaurant. Become a fan on facebook!

The Crooked House Bistro

DeeDeeDiner said...

Crooked House Bistro: Chef Bernard Malherbe now has a website up with days and times + his "philosophy" and plans...I called and spoke with him---says he'll be open next Tuesday...Hooray!!

Chuck Bradley said...

(Reproduced from yesterday's post at K&N's suggestion)


I wasn't sure where to put this, but I wanted to get the word out, so here it is.

Below is an e-mail I received from the owner of the new Crooked House Bistro (In the old Café K.I.S. location at 1142 Edgewater NW):

Name: Bernard Malherbe
Phone: 503-385-8851
Email Address:

Hello chuck I got your email and tried to email you back without success so we will see if this will work. We wanted to let you know that we are taking reservations for tuesday between 5-6 on the quarter hour and 7-8 also on the quarter hour. If you are interested please let us know. If not tuesday, then perhaps another evening soon. Thank you for your interest and we do look forward to seeing you soon.

Bernard Malherbe

September 19, 2010 7:48 PM

DeeDeeDiner said...

Ate there for "first night"---kind of a soft opening. Place is small---seats about 20. Excellent salads, and---as one might expect, French-inflected main courses. Names with a smile: "little bunny," "piggy cheeks," etc. Food was excellent with focus on local sources. The pear tarte from Fleur de Sel lives on !! Menu changes daily; my understandng is that lunch and dinner menus are the same. Strongly suggest reservations.