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Touring Bo-beau With David Cohn
LA MESA -- It was just 24-hours since our last visit to Bo-beau Kitchen + Garden, but on Thursday evening we were walking by and the boss was there.
David Cohn, who leads the growing Cohn Restaurant Group with his wife Lesley, was inspecting the results of days of virtually round-the-clock effort by teams of construction workers, chefs, and managers.
This isn't the pace the Cohns like to keep as opening day approaches, but they were committed to having the restaurant presentable for La Mesa as the Oktoberfest brings thousands of people to town. The Cohn's chefs have prepared a special, limited "festival" menu to give visitors at least a taste of the restaurant's future, but the crew was emphasizing that Oktoberfest visitors will just be getting a taste. There is more and better to come.
But by Thursday night, it was clear that the Cohns were about to deliver another jewel for these hills.
Cohn was snapping pictures (his photos created the slideshow above) and sharing them with friends and family. Though his group will soon approach its 20th restaurant, Cohn still has a youthful joy in seeing what Philippe Beltran has done to the former Gingham Restaurant.
"I have such trust in Philippe,'' Cohn said. "We've done so much together. I've had so many times when I look at what is happening and have some doubts and then I come back at the end and it is great.''
Cleaned and largely completely furnished, the new Bo-beau in La Mesa has a number of wonderful spaces -- padded booths and sitting areas, interesting bar spaces and alcoves for private, intimate dinners both indoor and out.
While the menu for Oktoberfest is limited, it will have a number of signature elements -- including the fried brussel sprouts that surprise even devoted brussel sprout haters. There will also be a sampling of the signature flatbreads which pair so nicely with wines.
It may take a while for even a Cohn restaurant to find its stride on the food front, but from this early inspection of the unique space Beltran has created, La Mesa now has a new landmark.