Fran­chot hon­ors Bistro Po­plar own­ers

Dorchester Star - - Regional - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com Fol­low Caro­line/Dorch­ester Ed­i­tor Dustin Holt on Twit­ter @Dustin_ StarDem.

CAM­BRIDGE — Comp­trol­ler Peter Fran­chot hon­ored Bistro Po­plar own­ers dur­ing his visit Fri­day, Aug. 12, to the down­town Cam­bridge restau­rant.

Bistro Po­plar, which opened in 2007, is owned by Cam­bridge na­tive Donna Camp­bell and her son, award-win­ning Ex­ec­u­tive Chef Ian Camp­bell. The restau­rant at 535 Po­plar Street spe­cial­izes in clas­sic French fare, served in a tra­di­tional bistro at­mo­sphere.

“I’m de­lighted to be here to present this cer­tifi­cate to Bistro Po­plar, a restau­rant that is known up and down the east coast as one of the best restau­rants in Amer­ica,” Fran­chot said. “I’m very pleased to be here to salute you and your mom for cre­at­ing such a unique place to eat.

“You pro­vide pa­trons with de­li­cious and au­then­tic French cui­sine, first-class cus­tomer ser­vice and an un­matched din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence since 2007,” he said. “We are very ap­pre­cia­tive of the eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity you cre­ate.”

Ian Camp­bell went to Cam­bridgeSouth Dorch­ester High School and later grad­u­ated from culi­nary school. He and his mom be­gan ren­o­vat­ing 535 Po­plar Street for Bistro Po­plar in 2006. The restau­rant is one of the many restau­rants to open in down­town Cam­bridge in the last decade dur­ing the city’s growth on Race, Po­plar and High streets.

Fran­chot called Bistro Po­plar a cor­ner­stone busi­ness for the suc­cess of down­town Cam­bridge.

“This is great to be rec­og­nized by the comp­trol­ler af­ter a lot of hard work,” Ian Camp­bell said. “I went to high school with most of the busi­ness own­ers here — Amanda and Tim at Jim­mie and Sooks, and the boys over at RAR Brew­ing. We’ve known each other since the sixth grade. It is nice to have your friends as neigh­bors. I think we are head­ing in the right di­rec­tion in down­town Cam­bridge.”

Cam­bridge Ward 5 Com­mis­sioner Robert Han­son said he is glad Ian came back home to Cam­bridge.

“He went away for train­ing out of high school,” Han­son said. “He has done an ex­cel­lent job. It has a been a show­place and a din­ing area that we are all very proud of.”

Mayor Vic­to­ria Jack­son-Stan­ley of­fered her con­grat­u­la­tions to the Camp­bells for Bistro Po­plar’s award-win­ning recog­ni­tion.

“This is an­other ex­am­ple of our home­town peo­ple mak­ing an in­vest­ment in our com­mu­nity,” she said. “We have many unique busi­nesses in Cam­bridge. Bistro Po­plar adds a lot with their brand of food and at­mo­sphere.”

Fran­chot also pre­sented the Camp­bells with the Comp­trol­ler’s Gold Coin, for “Mary­lan­ders who make a dif­fer­ence.” Fran­chot hands out the coins to con­tinue the tra­di­tion be­gun many years ago un­der the late Comp­trol­ler Louis L. Gold­stein.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Bistro Po­plar own­ers Donna Camp­bell, far right, and her son, award-win­ning Ex­ec­u­tive Chef Ian Camp­bell, sec­ond from right, re­ceive a procla­ma­tion and the Comp­trol­ler’s Gold Coin from Comp­trol­ler Peter Fran­chot, cen­ter, dur­ing a visit to the Cam­bridge restau­rant Fri­day, Aug. 12. Join­ing Fran­chot for the cel­e­bra­tion were Cam­bridge Mayor Vic­to­ria Jack­son-Stan­ley, far left, and Ward 5 Com­mis­sioner Robert Han­son, sec­ond from left.

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