Palm Beach panache: Peek Cafe Boulud’s sunny, new look

Relocated and resplendent: Cafe Boulud has a sleek new bar. (Photo: Noah Fecks)

Relocated and resplendent: Cafe Boulud has a sleek new bar. (Photo: Noah Fecks)

Don’t expect uber-chef Daniel Boulud to make too much of the recent revamping of his Café Boulud Palm Beach. He won’t spin it to sound hip or trendy – he has little use for such ephemeral qualities.

“We wanted to refresh the place. We wanted to open the place up, to create a more airy, light, sunny feeling,” he says on a recent day as the early afternoon sunlight picks up the sleek lines of the dining room’s new central focus: an under-lit, U-shaped bar.

Yes, this bar just might attract a younger, more hip crowd of Palm Beach diners. But that doesn’t mean Boulud is hoping to trade the island’s iconic blue blazers for hipster beards.

“We have to be consistent in what we do. We don’t try to be a trendy place. We want to be a quality place,” says Boulud.

The glowy new bar is now the dining room's focal point. (Photo: Noah Fecks)

The glowy new bar is now the dining room’s focal point. (Photo: Noah Fecks)

Those who may believe Boulud might gild the menu to match the new, glowing bar may not grasp the chef/restaurateur’s café concept.

“The food is trying to be very tasty, not very refined,” he says.

Read the full story on the iconic Palm Beach eatery here.

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