Les Sablons To Shutter Its Doors For Good
Cambridge, MA - After less than two years in business, Les Sablons in Harvard Square announced on Thursday it was closing its doors for good. The French bistro, a semifinalist for the 2018 James Beard Awards, was as equally notable for its cuisine as its decor. Housed in a former subway conductor’s station on Bennett St, Les Sablons offered two levels; elegant fine dining on the second floor and a chic raw bar and cocktail lounge on the ground floor.
Owner Jeremy Sewall offered no explanation for the closure of the restaurant—the latest in the Eastern Standard family of restaurants which includes Island Creek Oyster Bar, Row 34, The Hawthorne, Eastern Standard and Branch Line.
While original chef de cuisine Brian Rae can now be found serving inventive Italian fare at Coppa on Shawmut Ave, Boston residents who longed for an alternative to long-time standards Brasserie Jo or L’Espalier are left with one less option among their choices.
Helmed by restaurant mogul Garrett Harker—whose Eastern Standard brand has become synonymous with some of the trendiest and popular eateries in Boston—Les Sablons had once been referred to as the restaurant where “Julia Child would eat if she were alive today” according to The Boston Globe during a 2017 review.
“To all of our neighbors and friends, it is with a heavy heart that we share the news that as of today, Thursday, August 2nd, Les Sablons is closing its doors. We hold an immense amount of gratitude for all of your support and for welcoming us in to your lives over the last year and a half. Above all, we want to express our thanks to our entire Les Sablons team and all the hard work they put into making every dining experience special. We look forward to seeing all your familiar faces at our sister restaurants throughout New England,” read a post on the restaurant’s Instagram feed early Thursday evening.
There is no word as to whether or not a new facility will take its Bennett St location.