New restaurant opening in West Palm: Le Rendez-vous brothers plan casual spot

Missing the boho charms of Le Rendez-vous in downtown West Palm Beach? Here’s something to look forward to: 

More than three months after they closed their Datura Street restaurant and bar, brothers Olivier and Edouard Delrieu are working on a spinoff of sorts – a casual spot inspired by their childhood summers in the South of France. 

The Paris natives picked a Northwood Village location for their upcoming restaurant, Pétanque Kitchen & Bar, a concept they hope will draw in locals for cheese and charcuterie boards, tapas, burgers, “not too conventional” seasonal specials, wine and signature cocktails. They’re hoping for a November debut. 

The name is a nod to summertime family gatherings when they would play pétanque under the pines of their grandmother’s backyard as the adults sipped pastis. 

“Those memories are special for us. We want to share that with people, not just our memories but the idea of the kind of fun you can have in the outdoors in that kind of place,” says Olivier Delrieu. 

It is a lush, promising backyard that drew him and his brother to the Northwood Road location. (They are not ready to reveal the address.) As does the interior, the backyard needs work but Delrieu aims to transform it into a space for alfresco bites, Sunday brunch and for drinks paired with live music. 

“We’re in Florida and we’re lucky to have beautiful weather. One thing that was missing at Le Rendez-vous was having an outside area for dining,” says Delrieu, who notes that he and his brother are still hoping to reopen a “2.0” version of Le Rendez-vous when the circumstances are right. 

He confesses he’s charmed by Northwood and its eclectic nature. 

“There’s a fun and kind of arty vibe around there. We love that area – it’s got a lot of character and trees. Not just palm trees, but trees. It even reminded me a little bit of parts of Provence,” he says. “I really hope that we’ll be part of the vibrant Northwood community for a long time.” 

The brothers have not settled on the restaurant’s hours, as they are still monitoring the district’s flow. 

“If it makes sense, we’d love to be open all day, every day. But it has to make sense,” says Delrieu. 

One thing’s for sure, he says. Pétanque will be open for Sunday brunch. 

“That backyard is meant for brunchtime or for a fun afternoon,” he says. 

And when it’s too hot outside? 

“We will have (misting) fans to refresh us.” 

Pétanque Kitchen & Bar: Coming to Northwood Road in Northwood Village, West Palm Beach, sometime in November.

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