NEWPORT BEACH — Chef Pascal Olhats is closing the doors to Tradition by Pascal on Feb. 15 after a nearly 25-year run, but the restaurateur is keeping a close hold on his apron.
"It's not easy," he said of closing the popular, upscale French cuisine establishment on North Bristol Street. "I don't close for failure; I close for a decision I want to make while I'm on top. It's a positive thing for me — I see it as an achievement."
Other restaurants Olhats operates, including Pascal Épicerie and Café Jardin, as well as those for which he consults, including French 75, Brasserie Pascal and Savannah Chop House, will remain open.
Olhats will also bring traditional French dishes, signature to Tradition by Pascal, to Pascal Épicerie and Café Jardin, as well as create new dishes, macarons and add quality wines and cheeses.
"I don't want any of my patrons to feel abandoned," he said. "They've been good to me, and Orange County has been good to me for 25 years."