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Lake Worth says au revoir to La Bonne Bouche, bonjour to Dayane’s Bistro


The bright yellow trim and awnings of the charming French bistro on Lucerne Avenue are now splashed in a beach-y aqua hue, and a new sign has been hoisted outside. 

After 18 years in business and a three-month makeover, La Bonne Bouche Bistro is now Dayane’s Bistro. The downtown Lake Worth mainstay, a spot popular for morning croissants and seasonal French dinners, has been sold – from one husband-wife team to another. 

La Bonne Bouche’s owners, French chef Eric Regnier and his American wife Sara Shutt, have handed the bistro’s reins over to Riad and Dayane Mesroua. With the space newly renovated and rebranded, Dayane’s Bistro debuted Wednesday. 

“The couple who bought it are just lovely,” said Shutt via email. “We all get along great, which is making the transition easier.” 

She confesses, however, that it will take her husband some time to power down from nearly two decades of doting on dishes and “practically living” in his kitchen. A native of Nice, Regnier often created intimate, off-radar dinners of French classics, showing locals he was much more than a daylight cook. 

While Regnier has been assisting in the kitchen during the transition, the kitchen now is firmly in the hands of a fellow Frenchman, a Paris native who has worked as a private chef for a traveling Palm Beach family for years. Riad Mesroua met his wife in Sun Valley, Idaho, where he worked as a resort chef. Together they traveled to Paris, where they resided for eight years and opened an American-style restaurant and a homemade pasta takeout business, both still in operation. 

“Then we lived in Brazil for like three years,” says Dayane Mesroua, who hails from Parana in southern Brazil. “But we were looking for a place here. We wanted to come back to the U.S.” 

When they learned that a French chef was selling his café/bistro in Lake Worth, the Mesrouas were more than intrigued. Dayane says she was pleased to see the seaside city growing in promising ways. 

“We are happy,” she says. 

Although they will serve a French-style breakfast and lunch, Riad Mesroua has introduced a full and varied menu of tapas and dinner entrées

“We will be more of a restaurant than a bakery café,” says Riad, who remains on call for special dinners hosted by the Palm Beach family he has served. 

In addition to the bright new exteriors and patio, the Mesrouas have spruced up the dining room, adding crisp, white tablecloths to signal a slightly dressier vibe. 

“It is not fancy, though,” says Dayane. “We want to offer good quality for good prices.” 

Dayane’s Bistro: 516 Lucerne Ave., Lake Worth; 561-533-0840

  • Hours: Open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.


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