RISBJ Staff | Jan 17, 2017
BISTRO DUET NOW OPEN AT HISTORIC ARLINGTON FIVE CENT SAVING BANK
A Fresh New Perspective on French Cuisine Reunites Boston’s Cyrille Couet and Wayne Duprey
ARLINGTON, MA (January 2017): Sound the trumpets, Bistro Duet is now open and offers guests a modern French dining experience in one of Arlington’s most iconic buildings–the former Arlington Five Cent Savings Bank. Bistro Duet reunitesInterContinental Hotel, Boston alumnae Cyrille Couet and Wayne Duprey.
“Bistro Duet will celebrate the uniqueness of the iconic bank space while offering contemporary French food and drink in an casually elegant neighborhood environment,” says Co-Owner and General Manager Wayne Duprey.
Acclaimed Executive Chef and Co-Owner Cyrille Couet is from Frances’s Loire Valley, where he began cooking in his uncle’s restaurant at the age of thirteen. Chef Couet’s international career has taken him across Europe, the West Indies and the United States. Chef Cyrille was the inaugural chef of Miel Brasserie at the InterContinental, Boston where he worked alongside with Bistro Duet co-owner Wayne Duprey. Chef Couet, most recently, was the executive chef at the Questrom School of Business at Boston University.
A native of Dracut, Massachusetts, Bistro Duet co-owner Wayne Duprey will act as general manager. Wayne has managed restaurant and bar operations in the United States, Europe and Asia. Most recently, he was the assistant director of food and beverage at the Four Seasons Resort, Hualalai in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Previously, he was Director of Bars at the InterContinental, Boston.
Bistro Duet is located in the historic Arlington Five Cent Savings Bank building, built in 1920 and most recently occupied by Flora restaurant. The building has been meticulously and respectfully renovated to accentuate the architectural features of the old bank building, including the vestibule entrance and barrel-vaulted ceiling. Guests will enter through the original vestibule entrance where they will be able to watch Chef Cyrille Couet work his culinary magic in the spacious open kitchen. In early 2017, the original bank vault will be turned into private dining room.
Bistro Duet is a 110-seat restaurant with private dining options. The dining room boasts its original barrel-vaulted ceilings, oversized oval windows and much of the original woodwork. The dining room supervisor is a familiar face to local diners. Carla Dorato will resume the position of assistant manager. She is the former catering manager of Flora and is an Arlington resident and broadcast anchor for the Arlington community news channel.
Adjacent to the dining room, the Bistro Duet bar will feature hard-to-find French herbal liqueurs and a selection of locally distilled spirits and regional craft beers. Beverage Operations will be supervised by Wember Castillo, most recently from Oak Long Bar + Kitchen and also formerly of Rumba at the InterContinental, Boston. Furnished with high top tables, the bar will make for a great, last-minute casual dining option.
ABOUT THE MENU
Messieurs Couet and Duprey have assembled a menu designed to appeal to all palates and pocketbooks. Whether you want to dine casually in the bar lounge side of the restaurant or with more formality in the gorgeous dining room, Bistro Duet will serve you the finest modern French cuisine, seasonally and regionally sourced.
Bistro Duet will serve dinner seven days a week and brunch (starting late January) on weekends. Hours; Dinner: Nightly from 5:00 PM. Brunch: Saturday & Sunday from 11:00 AM.
Bistro Duet is located at 190 Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington, Massachusetts. For more information go to www.bistroduet.com or call 978.863.8848. For media inquiries, contact Chris Haynes of CBH Communications at 617-267-0070.