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A new Olmsted Village restaurant will open Jan. 17 with a focus on French cuisine inspired by tastes of Argentina, Thailand and Puerto Rico. Owner and chef George Figueroa has named the restaurant after its specialty: Tartare.

What’s on the menu? Multiple kinds of — you guessed it — tartare. Menu options also include saltimbocca, Wellington, a stew that cooks for five hours and potatoes all prepared with an attention to detail we’ll never possess. 

It doesn’t stop there, because George is all about the full experience. Formerly a professional concert violinist (yes, really) you can find him making an occasional cameo on the violin when the restaurant hosts live music on the weekends. 

Put on your fancy pants for a date night and plan ahead because Tartare is by reservation only. “Fine dining takes time. We don’t want folks to get in and get out because other people are waiting. We want them to enjoy,” says George. 

  • Find Tartare at 111 Central Park Ave. Pinehurst, Unit L. It replaces Central Park Ave Bistro, which closed Dec. 18 after its chef retired. Peep the menu.
  • Reservations are available from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call (910) 420-2531.
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