One of Phoenix’s most beloved French bistros closed its doors last month, after less than three years at its new location.
Coup Des Tartes, originally a BYOB bistro located in a 1930s farmhouse at the corner of 16th Street and Highland Avenue, quickly became a favorite among locals for its intimate dining environment. Regulars enjoyed such menu favorites as the Beef Bourguignon, Moroccan Lamb Shank and the Brie Brulee.
The land on which the 1932 farmhouse was situated was sold for more car dealership parking, and the restaurant, which had been there for more than 18 years, had to move by April 2014. Owner Ron Pacioni acquired a former doctor’s office at 1725 E. Osborn Road in August 2013, and began an extensive remodel on the 1922 red brick Tudor Revival duplex in January 2014. Coup Des Tartes opened in its current location in May 2015.
The announcement came in mid-January that Coup Des Tartes would be closing for good at the end of the month.
“Although business has been steady, financial pressures from the new labor laws, increased competition, and debt from the restaurant’s relocation, has forced us to this end,” Pacioni said. “In the end we couldn’t overcome the expense that came from literally rebuilding a restaurant after the loss of our first location.