Sometimes it's good to shake things up.
The owners of Le Politique think their French brasserie could use a tweak, so they're closing the downtown restaurant for a week.
The restaurant from the New Waterloo hospitality group (Sway, La Condesa, South Congress Hotel et al) is closing from November 19-26 and will reopen November 27 with an updated look, which will include improvements to sound mitigation, and an edited menu.
"Since opening Le Politique we’ve been very conscious of our guest’s feedback regarding the physical attributes of the restaurant and we’ve decided to take advantage of a traditionally slower sales week to give most of our staff a paid vacation and address the most common guest complaints about the space, chief among them the acoustics in the dining room," New Waterloo partner Delfo Trombetta said.
The spacious restaurant located at 110 San Antonio St. opened about a year ago, and while it proved popular with some, our review from this spring noted that it lacked engagement both from some of the dishes and from the ambiance.
New Waterloo director of design Melanie Raines explained what the company plans to change about the space and atmosphere.
"The dining room refresh at Le Politique is addressing issues of sight lines, acoustics, and atmosphere. By adding additional partial-height partitions and warming up the lighting, the seating areas will feel cozier and more intimate," Raines said. "The installation of an acoustic marmoleum floor will reduce sound by an anticipated 20 decibels, having a significant effect on conversation in the dining room. This (powder blue!) flooring will have a heavy design impact, making it bright and playful. It’s important that the dining room be more in keeping with the vibrant character of the bar space and patisserie. The floor, coupled with a dark navy, textural portola finish to the walls will add depth and interest to the space, as will a layer of more varied furnishings and accessories: bright pillows, a weathered farm table, and marble table rounds."
Read our complete review here.
Restaurant review: French disconnection: Le Politique has its moments but is missing a certain je ne sais quoi