New Restaurant Opens in Former Chez Pierre Spot

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

Tuesday, Hunter & Harp Hospitality introduced The Front Porch Restaurant.

It's a new upscale seafood spot located in midtown off of Thomasville road.

The doors officially opened at 3 p.m. Tuesday and will stay open until midnight.

There's an ostyer bar, large wine menu and other dining features.

The Front Porch replaces popular Chez Pierre that once thrived in the same location.

Tallahassee, FL --June 13, 2012--

A new restaurant is coming to Tallahassee.

Plans for the 'Front Porch Restaurant' were announced Wednesday 6-13-12. It will take over the former Chez Pierre property off of Thomasville Road. The restaurant is expected to undergo about a million dollars worth of renovations before it opens.

"We're putting a lot of emphasis on the front porch areas, for obvious reasons. We're highlighting that as the gathering place. We've relocated the bar area. We've changed some of the flow in there. But you'll see some exciting changes inside the building as well," says Marc Bauer of Hunter & Harp Hospitality.

The restaurant is set to open in September. It will specialize in seafood dishes and is locally owned.

Bauer says they purchased the former Chez Pierre property about a month and a half ago.

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  • by JoJoB Location: Tally on Jun 14, 2012 at 10:46 AM
    I think this is going to be very sucessful venture!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 14, 2012 at 09:21 AM
    Can someone advise as to the history of this building? I cannot seem to find anything online when I try to research it.
  • by Marc on Jun 14, 2012 at 05:51 AM
    Realist, astute business people are careful not over leverage themselves. We have a strong track record of success in Tallahassee and other areas and look forward to maintaining that track record with this project. Aly, we have gone to painstaking lengths to both preserve and enhance the historical integrity of the building. Donovan, thanks as always for your support. Look forward to seeing everyone there soon!
  • by Surprise Location: leon county on Jun 14, 2012 at 03:15 AM
    Will it have a Drive Bye Window for the "Non" Leftest Liberal Finger Bowl folks?
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      by Anonymous on Jun 14, 2012 at 06:12 AM in reply to Surprise
      "Drive Bye?" Moron.
  • by Yankee on Jun 13, 2012 at 09:12 PM
    I can't wait. More barbecue. Suuwweeeetttt Yee Hah!
  • by Zombi Food on Jun 13, 2012 at 06:59 PM
    Yo the place used to be a funeral home where they embalmed DEAD PEOPLE. Too scarey don't wanna go there. Maybe OK on Halloween though.
  • by Mare Location: tallahassee on Jun 13, 2012 at 04:06 PM
    Music on the Lawn PLEASE I used to go twice a month for the music. Sounds like this will be the PLACE to be from now on Besides Finnigan Wake down the street two great places on the same street
  • by Anonymous on Jun 13, 2012 at 02:38 PM
    They should turn it in to a grilled pizza place.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 13, 2012 at 02:59 PM in reply to
      or boiled steaks.
  • by lani on Jun 13, 2012 at 12:19 PM
    Seafood sounds great, but lets hope the majority of options are not fried.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 13, 2012 at 12:08 PM
    A good restaurant has great food, clean bathrooms and a clean dining area. I've seen too many restaurants start off with the three things listed; then slowly creep into bad food, nasty bathrooms and filthy dining areas. Good service is great but if you don't maintain the food quality and cleanliness - kiss your restaurant good bye. Publix has cleaner bathrooms than most of the local restaurants! Publix keeps their grocery stores CLEAN. A restaurant should be able to do as well as a grocery store.
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      by Tom on Jun 13, 2012 at 02:29 PM in reply to
      Sounds like you've never been in Chez' Pierre. It's very nice and sounds like it's about to get even nicer.
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        by Anonymous on Jun 13, 2012 at 03:00 PM in reply to Tom
        Chez Pierre hadn't been any good in decades. At least it was tolerably clean.
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          by J on Jun 13, 2012 at 07:42 PM in reply to
          Not as clean as you'd think...
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Jun 14, 2012 at 03:57 AM in reply to
      Yes, I've been to Chez Pierre!
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