"We were to open March 17 at noon": story of the failed opening of a restaurant, scheduled for the day of confinement

Posted on June 08, 2020 at 1:45 p.m.

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Cali Sisters had to offer food from morning to night, healthy, seasonal and French products, Californian-inspired.The pandemic wanted otherwise and the Vigand sisters, founders of this new Parisian restaurant, had to wait and adapt.First with delivery and take-away, today with their improvised terrace.

"Two and a half years that we matured this project ...It's still annoying to say that between all the possible dates we fell on that of confinement", sighs Juliette Vigand.With her sister Capucine, they were to inaugurate their first Cali Sisters brand, in Paris, on March 17, 2020 at noon, exactly when confinement officially began in France.

Could this be the beginner's bad luck? The Vigand sisters are novices in the restaurant business.They are one of those thirty-something in search of meaning at work and who have the means to change their lives.Before embarking on their Californian canteen project, Juliette was in charge of the business development of the Parisian grocers Terroirs d'avenir, Capucine was in charge of the launch of Amazon's food offer.

On March 9, the kitchen staff arrive, the dining room staff is expected on March 13, and all these beautiful people must leave to build their team spirit during an integration weekend on March 14 and 15, based on tai chi, meditation and karaoke.

"It was in 2018, a January evening without light, we said to ourselves that we wanted to bring California to Paris", summarizes Capucine Vigand.California evokes a childhood memory, Sunday evenings when their parents made them porridge and pancakes in tribute to their years there.It is also a concept sufficiently diverse and popular to speak to the greatest number, a cuisine that is embodied as well in a mac and cheese as in a kale juice.

Posted Date: 2020-09-11

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