The highly-rated French bistro from San Francisco's Forest Hill district is bringing the Provencal influences and relaxed atmosphere of downtown Burlingame, a restaurant-rich area.
Recent liquor license applications indicate that Chouchou Bistro will be opening a new restaurant at Burlingame’s Library Plaza at 401 Primrose Rd. The new restaurant appears to take over the space occupied by the long-time Italian favorite Stella Alpina Osteria. This spring, the eatery moved to 1448 Burlingame Avenue after 18 years of anchoring the wooden shopping complex downtown.
The new Chouchou restaurant (pronounced "shoeshoe") is not clear if it represents an expansion or relocation of the San Francisco restaurant that has been operating at 400 Dewey Ave., Forest Hill (between Inner Parkside & Twin Peaks), since 2003.
Chouchou's representative was not available to comment by phone or email on Wednesday. I will update this article if I receive a response.
Stella Alpina Osteria, now known as just "Stella" on Burlingame Avenue, moved into its new 6,000 square foot space in order to accommodate larger groups. It now boasts a horseshoe shaped bar, six dining rooms for private events and an outdoor area with seating for 200 people.
This month, Alisa Ferri told the San Mateo Daily Journal that "our old space was not conducive to becoming a restaurant."
The new liquor license application mentions a restaurant located in Suite E and Suite D, which is the former Stella location.
Marci Cohn, of BR Commercial Real Estate in Burlingame, who handles leasing for Library Plaza and was contacted on Wednesday, refused to comment about the situation. According to public records, it appears that the property is owned by trust affiliates including Gary Cohn of BR Commercial.