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French spot replacing flora serves up November opening

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Bistro Duet, offering modern French cuisine within a vintage bank setting at the former flora restaurant in East Arlington, plans to open in November.

The spot's co-owners vow to bring a fresh perspective to dining while honoring the original features of the old bank building, built in 1920 as the Arlington Five Cents Savings Bank, at 190 Mass. Ave.

Former colleagues in Boston, Wayne A. Duprey and Cyrille Couet have reunited as a duet, a Tuesday, Sept. 13, news release says.

Duprey, general manager, plans to oversee all aspects of the business. His line experience begins with independent restaurants and has managed restaurant and bar operations in the U.S., Europe and Asia, which include active roles in six reopening/renovated food-and-beverage operations.

His most recent experience was with the Four Seasons Resort, Hualalaiin Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, as assistant director of food and beverage.

Couet, head chef, plans to oversee all aspects of the culinary operation, including catering opportunities.

A native of the Loire Valley of France, he started cooking in his uncle’s French kitchen at 13. Since then, he has worked and managed several kitchens across Europe, the West Indies and the U.S.

He has worked in the Boston area since 2005 as the opening chef of Miel at the InterContinental Hotel in Boston and, most recently, as executive chef of the Questrom School of Business for Boston University

Supporting Bistro Duet is Carla Dorato of Arlington, a former catering manager of flora, which had a 20-year run in the existing building, until this summer.

Dorato manages the Artful Heart Gallery on Medford Street. She also is a broadcast anchor at ACMi, the Arlington local-news cable channel.

She will take an active lead before the place opens and be the assistant restaurant manager when the restaurant officially opens.

Bistro Duet plans to open as a 110-seat restaurant with private dining options and an open kitchen. A full-service bar will prominently feature French herbal liqueurs and a varied selection of locally distilled spirits and local craft beers.

The cuisine is expected to take on a regional and seasonal approach to represent the best of modern French using local produce, meats and dairy from some of the best farms in New England.

The cosmetic renovations are set to highlight the original features of the old bank building, including an original vestibule entrance and barrel-vaulted ceiling.

Future renovation work will reveal a private dining room within the original bank vault, which is not expected to open in November.

Bistro Duet will operate under the legal name of W&C Restaurant Corp., established in 2016.

Review: flora marries comforting classic, colorful creativity

This announcement was published Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016.

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