The spirit of the South of France has come to Northwood Village in the form of Pétanque Kitchen & Bar, a funky restaurant and lounge that aims to be thoroughly “unconventional.”
That’s the description offered by co-owner Olivier Delrieu, who dreamed up the place with this brother, Edouard Delrieu, as a tribute to their childhood summers.
The casual new spot opened Feb. 16 in the Northwood Road space once occupied by Alicia’s Latin Cuisine.
The menu is small but tempting, with a selection of moderately priced salads and “tartines” (toasted, open-face sandwiches), “planches” (charcuterie, cheese, fish and veggie boards), various burgers, sides and sweets.
Consider the menu, a selective mix of decadent and healthy bites, fuel for an evening of games, music and chill.
“We didn’t want a traditional restaurant menu, at least nothing too conventional. We want it to be unconventional so people can experience the fun of the place and share together,” says the Paris-born Olivier Delrieu, who with his brother owned and operated the now-closed Le-Rendez-vous in downtown West Palm Beach.
Their family spent summers at their grandmother’s home in the South of France, gathering in the backyard to relax and play pétanque, the French sport that’s like Italian bocce or British lawn bowling.
The Northwood restaurant’s outdoor space summons hints of those backyard days spent beneath the Provencal pines. The back terrace, which has been turned into a lounge, is a kind of tribute to those memories.
For now, Pétanque will be open in the late afternoon from Tuesday through Saturday, with plans to add Sunday brunch in about three weeks, says the owner.
Daily specials will be incorporated in the coming weeks, he said.
“Specials will include a lot of grilled, South of France kind of dishes,” Delrieu said.
And in keeping with the relaxed spirit of the place, no reservations will be taken at Pétanque.
Says Delrieu: “We want to keep it casual.”
Pétanque Kitchen & Bar
- Opens Friday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m.
- Located at 517 Northwood Rd., West Palm Beach; 561-273-5441
- Full bar; indoor and outdoor seating; street parking
- No reservations taken