In late-May, we spoke with Ed Thanhouser, who co-owns Renard with chef Dulce Frommer, about the soft opening of his new casual French restaurant in the old St. Jack place on SE Clinton Street. Yesterday, we sent our photographer Dina Avila to visit Thanhouser and Frommer and digitally capture exactly what the pair has done with the old space.
"We kind of went for the whole sexy library look," Thanhouser says, pointing specifically to the bookshelve'd and mirrored blue pine bar, painted with traces of gold, green and grey. The rest of the restaurant and cafe has been done up in neutral grays and whites, interrupted occasionally by some fox-themed wallpaper.
At present, Renard's open for breakfast and lunch on the 22-seat cafe side, and for dinner on the 35-seat restaurant side five night a week. There are an additional 20 seats outside alone the sidewalk.
But Thanhouser says that's all about to change: Beginning July 13, Renard will be open seven days a week, offering breakfast and lunch on Mondays and Tuesdays, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and brunch on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Renard: 2039 SE Clinton St., (503) 719-7529; Current hours: 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to midnight., Friday and Saturdays and 9 am. to 5 p.m. on Sundays