Sarasota, FL (Monday, March 6, 2017) – C’est La Vie at University Town Center (UTC) in Bradenton, Florida presented a Ribbon Cutting and Tasting Event on Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 4pm. The event was the official opening and celebration of C’est La Vie’s new location at the Shoppes at University Town Center in Bradenton, Florida. This is the first franchise for Christophe and Geraldine Coutellle, proprietors of the popular C’est La Vie Restaurant and Bakery, in downtown Sarasota and Lolita Tartine in the Rosemary District in Sarasota. The Ribbon Cutting event was organized by the Manatee Chamber of Commerce and offered a variety of complimentary signature C’est La Vie hors d’oeuvres including Gougères, Quiche Cordon Bleu, Turkey Club Sandwich, Smoked Salmon Verrine, and Mini Croque Monsieur along with Prosecco, French white wine from Alsace, lemonade, Iced Tea, and water. Approximately 75 C’est La Vie loyal fans attended and delighted in the event, signed the official “ribbon”, and toasted to C’est La Vie’s success.
The C’est La Vie franchise agreement is with Myriam and Jean Dandonneau from Paris, France. Myriam and Jean had successful careers in computer science in France but knew they wanted more. After doing some research online, Myriam and Jean visited Sarasota, met with the Coutelles, and soon the franchise agreement was born. Christophe and Geraldine Coutelle are thrilled about the opening tasting event and ribbon cutting of a second C’est La Vie. “We are so pleased with the successful soft opening of C’est La Vie’s second location, and we can’t wait to make it official,” says Geraldine Coutelle. “Myriam and Jean just love it here and it shows in their care and attention to detail. The customers reaction to the new location has superseded anything we ever imagined, this is going to be a nice celebration,” she says.
C’est La Vie is an authentic French restaurant, bakery, and café located in downtown Sarasota. Christophe and Geraldine Coutelle created C’est La Vie Downtown Sarasota in 1997 after moving to the US that same year. Their second location, C’est La Vie Shoppes at UTC opened in September 2016 and is their first franchise. C’est La Vie is an award-winning and popular location with indoor and outdoor dining, open for breakfast, lunch until 4pm, and dinner from 5pm. Praised by Condé Nast Traveler in 2016, C’est La Vie received national attention for its crêpes and fresh croissants. C’est La Vie Sarasota is open Monday through Tuesday 7:30am- 6pm, and Wednesday through Saturday 7:30am-9:30pm. C’est La Vie, Shoppes at UTC is a franchise partnership run by Miriam and Jean Dandonneau from France and offers breakfast, Sunday Brunch, lunch, and dinner. C’est La Vie, Shoppes at UTC is open Monday through Tuesday from 8:30am to 5pm, Wednesday through Saturday from 8:30am to 9pm, and Sunday from 8:30am through 3:30pm. The Coutelle’s also own and operate another restaurant, Lolita Tartine, in the Rosemary District in downtown Sarasota. Lolita Tartine is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and offers an eclectic mix of small plates and hearty meals with French and Moroccan influences in a fun and casual atmosphere and is open Tuesday through Saturday 8:30am to 9:30pm. C’est La Vie Sarasota, 1553 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236 Tel 941.906.9575 • cestlaviesarasota.com. C’est La Vie UTC, 8527 Cooper Creek Boulevard, Bradenton, FL 34201 Tel 941.355.2323 • cestlaviesarasota.com. Lolita Tartine, 1419 5th Street, Sarasota, FL 34236 Tel 941.952.3172 • lolitatartine.com.