June 13, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez
The owner of a French restaurant on Skillman Avenue is expanding business, with plans to open a new French restaurant with a different concept in the East Elmhurst-Jackson Heights area.
Vincent Caro, who opened Côté Soleil in 2016, is working on opening “Eloise,” the name of his new bistro, some time in mid-August at the Jackson Heights Shopping Center, located at 75-57 31st Ave.
Caro said the restaurant, named after his two-year-old daughter, will be distinct from the Sunnyside eatery, as it focuses on traditional French cuisine with a modern take.
The restaurateur says his experience so far with Côté Soleil has been great, and that the opportunity to expand came very suddenly.
“It made sense for the restaurant to be there,” Cote said. He currently lives with his family in Jackson Heights, the same neighborhood where his wife was born and raised. “There’s a distance between them, but I don’t think it makes sense to have an identical restaurant.”
Naming the restaurant after his daughter came naturally, but Caro still tried to come up with a name that played on “Jackson Heights” in the same way Côté Soleil translates to “sunny side” in French. “Nothing nice was coming up,” he said.
The rustic restaurant will seat about 25 people, and features an extensive wine list Caro is still working on perfecting. Appetizers will range from $7 to $12, while main meals will be between $15 and $25.