After decades as a landmark English tea room, a charming downtown Mount Dora building will soon be home to a new French bistro.
The transition is the result of the recent retirement of Paul and Marsha Goodale, the long-time proprietors of the Windsor Rose Tea Room. The closing of the popular restaurant marked the end of a dining era in the historic district that previously boasted two quaint tea rooms, both of which now have become more contemporary dining options.
Led by owner and chef John Rossetti, the new Windsor Rose Bistro, unaffiliated to the Goodales, will feature casual French-inspired cuisine. Dishes will include Nicoise salad, French onion soup, croque monsieur, jambon beurre, charcuterie and cheese plates, poulet a la reine, escargot Bourguignon, Daube beef stew, steak au poivre, cassoulet, and bouillabaisse. This will come as welcome news to local Francophiles, since the new bistro will fill the void left by the closure of the popular Cecile’s French Corner several years ago.
Rossetti, who resides in Miami and Eustis, will offer a full service bistro menu in the cottage-like building, as well as an afternoon Champagne High Tea. In addition, table d’hote dinners (planned multi-course meals at a fixed price) will be available by reservations for two seatings at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturdays. Champagne brunch will be available on Sundays with seatings at 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m by reservation.Walk-in patrons will be accommodated if space is available, however tables cannot be reconfigured in the dining room. There is a twenty dollar minimum purchase per guest and separate checks at the same table can only be split evenly. Twenty percent gratuity is added to all checks.
Rossetti, who also owns a catering company in Miami, hopes to open in the coming weeks. Windsor Rose Bistro is located at 142 W. 4th Avenue in the heart of downtown Mount Dora.