Franchot honors Bistro Poplar owners
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.
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.