San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Balcón de Europa Changes Hands

THE oldest restaurant in the country,Balcón de Europa, in downtownSan José, is under new management,announced owner Adriana Bonilla,widow of the restaurant’s well-knownformer chef, the late Franco Piatti (therestaurant is also known as Balcón deFranco). The new administrator,French chef Jean-Pierre Popis, wasuntil recently owner of BrasserieParisienne in San José.Popis had 40 years of culinaryexperience in Bordeaux, France,before moving to the country a yearand a half ago. The chef plans to keepthe historic name of the restaurant,established in 1909, as well as thestaff, decor and Italian menu, but willslowly incorporate French cuisine tomake it a bicultural establishment.

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