Scott and Gina Gottlich, owners of Bijoux in Inwood Village, have announced the closure of their small French restaurant. The couple says they are closing Bijoux to focus their energy on their other restaurant, The Second Floor in the Galleria.
Which means the veal cheeks terribly depicted above will no longer be available. I added the plate to our 100 Favorites Dishes and will blame the bad photography on Bijoux's romantic, low-lit dining room. The plate was delicious though, and emblematic of Gottlich's cooking.
Bijoux definitely filled a niche, but it felt a little off the grid, both in terms of its location (the back side of a shopping complex) and its cooking. Fine dining is under pressure as casual restaurants continue to gobble up an increasing share of diners' discretionary money. Still, the restaurateur claims he's closing the restaurant "on a high note."
Gottlich will serve his last dinner on February 28, giving longtime fans a last chance to dine at the restaurant. Bijoux opened in 2007 and quickly earned Best New Restaurant here at the Observer. It went on to earn five stars at the Dallas Morning News. It was later downgraded to four, but that didn't stop the restaurant from cultivating a loyal customer base.