We visited Pascal’s Bistro on a Tuesday to enjoy drinks with French fare. As the three of us -Mariah, Caitlin and I approached the restaurant with a camera in hand, Pascal stepped out from the kitchen.
We were seated in the upper dining room, next to the open span of new windows along the front. As the evening darkened the traffic light from the passing cars provided a natural connection to where we were, that is, in the Cheat Lake area of Morgantown, WV.
The interiors are being filled with art, and more from a local artist is soon to come. The bar area was managed by a friendly gentleman who introduced himself as we stepped inside. The red bistro seats aligned the built-in banquet painted black. The wood floors slid to the far wall where a fireplace nook was ablaze with glass and candlelight.
The built-in book shelf/ wine glass display spans that entire far wall and has french accessories mixed in as well. Small pictures are set in gilded frames throughout the restaurant. Once in our seats, we ordered a Pear and Port Martini and a glass of red French wine. (You’ll need to enjoy this at one of their BIG RED events!) The difficult part was deciding what to order for dinner.
The tiger shrimp appetizer began our meal. We all ordered something different, and chose the steak, the chicken and the salmon for entrees. For dessert we chose the marmalade special soaked in rum, the steaming chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream, and of course, the creme brulee. We topped off the night with french press coffee and left at a time when there were only a few people remaining at the bar.
Before leaving though, Pascal offered us a tour of the kitchen. We went downstairs into the bright new white room where the stainless steel appliances shone. The space looked like a wonderful place to work within view of the outdoors through the glass garage door. The transformation has been amazing and credit is due to the general contractor. Mills Group provided architectural services and Allegheny Restoration did a beautiful job pulling the space into it’s new use.
We all left lightly filled and excited for our next visit of a Tuesday night escape!
Check out Mills Group’s recent spring newsletter where Pascal’s is featured! Below is the full story.
What once was a split-level home is now a fancy French restaurant in the Cheat Lake community of Morgantown. Owners, Katie and Pascal met in New York over the same sort of circumstances, in the kitchen. The kitchen is definitely the focus here, as an all-glass garage door at-grade greets the well-heeled guests. The interior takes on the same sort of atmosphere, sparse, clean, and completely focused on the food.
Mills Group assisted the couple on their search for a place to host their talents and decided on this location because of the surrounding community of homes along the lake and position away from Morgantown. Pascal’s Bistro is removed from the saturated number of restaurants in downtown. Their location at 186 Fairchance Road, just off of Route 43 is a destination and that’s the type of aura Katie and Pascal plan to host all of their guests within.
Allegheny Restoration was contracted to make the transformation. Led by Pete Heydon, the interior plan opened as walls were taken down to provide two dining areas, ADA compliant restrooms, and a new bar. Food storage areas and a full commercial kitchen are below grade, providing tricky solutions for fire protection and hood exhaust requirements to be incorporated into the plan. The building is very visible from nearby interchanges, and Mills Group designed a new front entry complete with large second story windows to attract visitors. Future plans to develop the rear patio area for an outdoor dining experience are in the works.
Enjoy Big Red wine as offered by wine steward and hostess Katie, the savory escargot persillade and crispy crème brûlée for desert as prepared by Pascal and his staff. Or, sneak a peek through the all-glass garage door to see a view of the show and partake in the important knowledge of knowing where your food comes from.
~ Enjoy! ~
Photos by Mariah and Caitlin!