Bouchon 1314 seemed, at first, like the neighborhood French bistro of Oak Cliff's dreams. The combination bistro and wine bar/retailer was in a great spot near the Kessler Theater on Davis, the wine selection was solid and the menu of French classics looked promising.
But it never really seemed to hit the mark. Every time we visited, it was nearly empty, and the dishes were often inconsistent at best. Now, as first reported by the Oak Cliff Advocate, Bouchon's owner has thrown in the towel.
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"After many years in the restaurant business, I have decided to retire," owner Jean-Michel Sahouki said in a Facebook post yesterday. The restaurant originally opened in the fall of 2015.
Sahouki has had a hand in a number of Dallas restaurant ventures over the years: Le Paris Bistrot in Uptown, the Vault in Fort Worth, but his latest concept never really took hold in Oak Cliff.
“It really was a cash trap for us,” Sahouki said in an interview with the Advocate. “We put so much money into it, and we never really got anything out of it.”