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Chez Nous Reopens Under New Management

The Toluca Lake eatery is bought by the owner of another well-known restaurant in the area.

is back in business, though only its bakery is open for now.

The Toluca Lake French bistro, which opened in 1982, during a transition of ownership.

The eatery was bought by Baret Lepejian, owner of , another neighborhood restaurant.

Crystal Alleyne, the new manager of Chez Nous' coffee shop, said the business reopened about three weeks ago and that only pastries would be served for now with breakfast and lunch expected to return in about a month and a half. Dinner would come back after that, she said.

The restaurant would also remain open while various sections are remodeled, Alleyne said.

A number of Chez Nous staff prior to the change in owners are returning, she said.

"We have the same bakers, the same pastry chef," Alleyne said.

Annie Rahiere, a longtime employee who manages the bakery, is also back on the job.

"I want to stay because I know all the community, I know all the people around," she said. "Almost everybody kept asking what happened, now we're happy to say we're open with the same quality."

Chez Nous' bakery is open on Wednesdays through Sundays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Ron Smith September 06, 2012 at 06:43 PM
I hope they lower the prices, that was part of the problem at that restaurant....
LABornAndRaised September 06, 2012 at 07:09 PM
I hope the new owner understands the problems of the previous restaurant and fixes them. Just look at the Yelp reviews and you can see the consistent complaints. I truly hope they fix the service and the food, then I'll be back.
Marla Schulman September 06, 2012 at 07:52 PM
So excited that it is reopening...as a fan of Lucy's 51 and the fact they've hired back same staff bodes well for the re-opening! I was sad to see it had closed.
David Rivers September 07, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Glad to hear it's not being torn down to make way for offices like many initially thought. I hope they also mix in some new energy with new ideas so it doesn't stay status quo. I went once and haven't returned. The food quality was sub-par and upscale prices. The service also left a lot to be desired. Being a french restaurant, they need to have more french food. It was mostly Italian and American-fare foods.
maria muse September 09, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Happy the building is salvaged. Not happy the same people will be working.
Tahne Harris September 09, 2012 at 06:47 PM
We are very happy to see thar Chez Nous is open and will be back to full service before long. We have spent many happy Saturday breakfasts there as well as occasional lunches and dinners. The employees Wayne, Ricardo, and Robert were always very friendly and fun to talk to. The croissants, pastries, muffins, walnut rolls, and oatmeal were my favorites of anywhere. We always took out of town guests there because the food was delicious and the venue so pleasant with the windows making it so light and open. Reply
Cathy Naugle September 19, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Happy Chez Nous is reopening, however, the tiny portions, high prices & poor service drove a lot of people away. Hope new owner recognized these were problems & fixed. Can't wait to try. Good luck!

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