Chef Ludo Lefebvre has a hit on his hands with the new Petit Trois in Sherman Oaks. The big, broad brasserie is just the second location for him, but apparently he’s already thinking of growing the name.
In an article from late last month over at Restaurant Hospitality, Lefebvre says that he’s already hoping to expand his growing empire with a couple more locations of Petit Trois across Southern California. There’s no talk of exactly where yet, but given the success of names like Mozza and Bourbon Steak down in Orange County, it seems the bistro model could be a good fit out that way.
There’s also Brentwood, where Ludo’s teammates Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo are similarly expanding, bringing their namesake casual Italian-American restaurant later this year. Perhaps most interesting of all is Denver, Colorado, a city Ludo mentions in the piece as a possible expansion point, given the chef’s family ties to the area.
Ludo is also keen to jump into an entirely new project, discussing an unnamed “Riviera” concept that could act as an offset to the butter and heavy mother sauces of Petit Trois. That would mean grilled fish and lots of olive oil. Ludo tells Restaurant Hospitality:
It’ll be a restaurant where you feel like you’re in the South of France, like you’re on vacation at the beach.
As for when and where that might happen, who knows. Petit Trois is still just a few months old in the Valley, and there are still plans to open an attached bakery and takeaway shop next door. Now that French food is trending around the country, it’s easy to see Ludo continue to expand his footprint — it’s just a matter of where, and when.