Jean Paul's House is a home. To be more precise, it's a 1930s coral-and-wood cottage located on the outskirts of Wynwood at the address formerly occupied by Out of the Blue Café. Jean Paul Desmaison, its namesake, is a chef. And a damn good one too, as he proved with his tenure as partner at La Cofradia in Coral Gables, where he showed a knack for translating traditional Peruvian cuisine into captivating contemporary gastronomy.
Desmaison also was an owner of the original La Cofradia in Lima, Peru, which he brought to the Gables in 2005. Two years ago, he split with his business partner, and this past February, he opened Jean Paul's House with partner/fiancée Jill Olcott.
The eatery no longer resembles a coffeehouse. The renovated setting features faintly patterned beige-on-taupe walls contrasted by deep-chocolate-colored banquette seating that runs along the right side of the room, and a dark wood bar on the opposite end. Old-country-style wood chairs surround glossy-topped tables; a pair of tattered farmhouse tables for larger groups are positioned at the two front windows. Candles, linen napkins, and fresh flowers add to the pastoral elegance.
Outdoor tables under red umbrellas grace the front and the right side, which is cozily secluded. A back room has been outfitted with a market space for the chef's homemade products, although it probably won't be ready for another couple of months. Like any newly purchased house, this one is a work in progress.
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