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TexasSlim Jun 27, 2008 03:12 PM

Does anyone know the status of the anticipated restaurant BLEU, located near (or in?) the Tiger Hotel downtown? I don't think it has opened yet.

It is my understanding that the owners were trudging through the bureaucratic morass that accompanies opening a new restaurant, but that was a while ago.

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    srowson Jul 23, 2008 08:11 AM

    The owners and chef say the week of August 18th. Much remains to be done, however; I don't see how they can do it. But that's their answer and they're sticking to it.

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      srowson Jul 23, 2008 08:13 AM

      The owners and chef say the week of August 18th. Much remains to be done, however; I don't see how they can do it. But that's their answer and they're sticking to it. See ShowMeEats.blogspot.com for more info.

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        Christine Jul 24, 2008 11:32 AM

        Hey, do you have any info about the Rome Restaurant that is supposed to go in where the old Columbia Billiards on Ninth Street was?

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          Christine Jul 24, 2008 02:18 PM

          To answer my own question, I found out from various sources that The Rome restaurant in Columbia, MO is opening this Saturday, July 26. Columbia surely needs a good Italian locally-owned restaurant. Here's hoping it works out well for the two co-owners!

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        JenCoMo Sep 12, 2008 12:32 PM

        I know Bleu is now open. Does anyone know what kind of food/prices for their menu?

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          TexasSlim Sep 14, 2008 08:48 AM

          Our colleague Show Me Eats posted a nice review of Bleu recently:

          http://showmeeats.blogspot.com/2008/0...

          I haven't been there yet but I am really looking forward to it. They don't yet have a website - or much of a web presence at all, really, that I could uncover.

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            Christine Mar 2, 2009 11:17 AM

            Here's a link to their website:

            http://www.bleurestaurantandwinebar.com/

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          rweater Mar 2, 2009 08:33 AM

          Just thought I'd chime in...
          I really, really, really want to love Bleu, but I can’t. I’d eaten several lunches at Bleu and found they were good, but I felt like dinner would be the true way to experience the restaurant.

          Dinner was okay. The food was good. Nothing about it was bad. But I did not feel that it lived up to the hype it has received. My spouse pointed out that I had made salmon the week before that was just as good as what he’d ordered. The fish that I had was fine, but forgettable (So forgettable, I don't even remember what it actually was). In both cases, we felt like our side dishes were better than the main part of our entrée. The service was also fine, but not exceptional. If we wanted something, like another glass of wine, we had to wave her down when she walked by. She never checked in with us between taking our order and bringing it to us, or after she brought it to us.

          I would say that the food was on par with Tellers, but more expensive. I realize that a lot of people are anti-Tellers nowadays, but Tellers did have a heyday that was much better than it is now.

          I would have been a lot more forgiving about Bleu if it were not trying to aim so much higher than it actually reaches. I know that people in Columbia are absolutely in love with this restaurant right now, which tends to happen whenever any place new and “upscale-ish” opens. But neither the food nor the service live up to what Bleu is trying to accomplish.

          To sum up: Okay, but I’m not hopping on the bandwagon. Definite room for improvement.

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