Pin It

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Coming soon: Elle's Bistro

Cousin's alum opens her own spot on Barrington Street

Posted By on Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 2:32 PM


If you’ve eaten at Cousin’s Restaurant (3545 Robie Street) in the last 11 years, you probably know Mary Elle Planetta.

The longtime fixture at the legendary family restaurant decided about a year ago that she wanted to venture out on her own, resulting in the soon-to-be Elle’s Bistro, which opens at 1678 Barrington Street (the former Just Us! Barrington) in early November. “It just seemed like everything in Scotia Square was going to franchises and everything homemade was getting the boot,” says Planetta of her choice to open up downtown. “I felt like I was filling a void.”

Elle’s will focus on homemade, family-style comfort food—like soups, sandwiches, burgers, all-day breakfast and her dad’s chicken parmesan — and house-made desserts. It’ll serve beer and Caesars as well. “It’s a small version of Cousin’s,” Planetta says, which means much more than a great diner burger—running an efficient kitchen is one of the major tricks she’ll take away from her former employer.

The 25- to 30-seater, open-concept spot will be open from 7am-7pm, Monday through Friday, and 10am-3pm on weekends. Cousin’s regulars missing Planetta can catch her cooking and running food, “I’ll be everywhere,” she laughs.

Related Locations

Survey Asks

Should council use the yet-to-be-finalized Centre Plan when debating new developments?

  • No, it doesn’t exist yet and is still likely to change
  • Yes, thousands of hours of work and consultation have gone into what’s already assembled
  • Maybe, it really depends on what’s being proposed by the developer
  • I don’t know what the Centre Plan is and do not wish to participate in this poll

View Results

Comments (3)

Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

Remember, it's entirely possible to disagree without spiralling into a thread of negativity and personal attacks. We have the right to remove (and you have the right to report) any comments that go against our policy.

In Print This Week

Vol 25, No 25
November 16, 2017

Cover Gallery »

Real Time Web Analytics

© 2017 Coast Publishing Ltd.