"Lafayette's venerable Duck Club is reborn... now called The Park Bistro and Bar. This is a world away from the restaurant I wrote of in 2005. [The food is] four stars. The new dining room is stunning. The new bistro is a knight in shining armor."
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"After 27 years, the Duck Club Restaurant is dead, and the Park Bistro & Bar has been born. A year ago, management hired executive chef Adam Carpenter in anticipation of the recently completed remodel and name change. The veteran staff is mostly in place, and the restaurant still has a lavish personality, but the brighter, smarter decor provides welcome relief. And it matches Carpenter's clean presentations and tempting contemporary dishes. The new dining room is light and grand. Rustic stone floors, rich wood tables, and modern art convey contemporary comfort. If possible, opt for one of the four alcove booths overlooking the courtyard."
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"Lafayette's Park Bistro is a sweet success. It's the place you take your grandparents, your boss or perhaps your bridesmaids for a sophisticated dinner. Meanwhile, the cool kids are dining in the bar or out on the lounge. It's a question of which atmosphere suits your mood, laid back or buttoned up. You'll find them both. Actually, you'll find something for every taste here. So many choices, so little time. We'll be back."
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"Approachable and fun are the key words here, as the new design (a contemporary twist on a European country farmhouse theme) aims to make it so that 'someone in blue jeans will feel as comfortable as someone in a suit.' As for food, some favorites will remain, but new executive chef Adam Carpenter will put his own spin on the menu with an emphasis on steaks and shared plates and seasonal specials. The East Bay-native chef will tap local farms like Brandt Family Farm for produce and source nearby ranches for his lamb Porterhouse and cured meats."
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"...A few weeks ago, the former Duck Club Restaurant and bar reemerged from a remodel as an entirely new concept named The Park Bistro & Bar. The white tablecloths are gone (or at least most of them), and the new chef is Adam Carpenter, last seen at Jasper's and Ponzu in San Francisco. At The Park, he's taken the restaurant in a more casual direction than its Duck Club predecessor..."
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