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Mass Ave. French restaurant closes doors

After only one year in Indianapolis, Cropichon et Bidibule is gone


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As a known food lover (obsessor may be a better descriptor), I receive text messages, e-mails, and just friendly conversations about nearly any restaurant, bar, brewery, or distillery that happens to open in and around Indianapolis.  Often it's just a "Hey, have you heard of (insert name here)." Sometimes it will be "Just checked out blah-blah and it was awesome (or meh, shitty, good food/bad service, good drinks/bad food)." The point being, if it's recently opened I tend to have some idea of it. 

So, when I heard yesterday that after only one year,  the French restaurant off Mass Ave. with the hard-to-pronounce (and therefore, easy-to-forget) name, Cropichon Et Bidibule (crow-pee-shawn ay bee-dee-bool), had suddenly closed, I have to admit I wasn't terribly surprised. I hadn't heard a single positive review of the place, but I also hadn't heard a negative review either, I simply hadn't had one person mention it to me. This to me is not a good sign. 

I must admit I knew of the place, and had been meaning to stop in for a meal, I do love some well-prepared French cuisine (something missing from Indy's restaurant scene.) I am sad about the fact I will not know if the owners, Stephane and Cathy Coueffe, had done justice to the delicious food of the one-time cuisine capitol of the world. Even though, when looking at their Facebook post, it looks like they may come back in another fashion; and if they do I will be there. 

To All Our Loyal Patrons-

After one year, Cropichon et Bidibule is moving to the next chapter of its journey and has closed its doors at 735 mass ave.

We are extremely grateful to those who have graced our tables.

Thank you for allowing us to share our love of French cuisine here in Indianapolis.

As they say, when one door closes, another one opens. Although this is the end of the road on Mass Ave, our journey is not over.

Please keep in touch to see what's next on the horizon.

À coeur vaillant rien d'impossible.

Stephane & Cathy

I also feel horrible for the staff, who, without any notice, are now jobless. Luckily there are quite a few high-quality restaurants looking for staff right now, such as Pizzology, Vida, and the soon-to-open Open Society. That's the truly sad part about any restaurant closing is these hard-working people, cooks, servers, bartenders, dish-washers, hosts, etc. are left to their own devices with no gratitude or compensation.

This closing is just another in a series of restaurants that haven't been long-lasting. I'm not sure what led to the closing of Cropichon et Bidibule, the same goes for the Georgia Reese's on the Northside, and Bacon, Legs, and Turntables Downtown. I can surmise and form my own opinions, but it would be pure conjecture.

What I do know is there are plenty of incredible restaurants in this city and the people of Indianapolis are quickly becoming accustomed to a certain level of quality in food, drink, and service standards. Indy is no longer a city where a mediocre establishment is going to last very long. The time has come where Indianapolis is at a tipping point, we can either stay where we have been or we can allow our many talented chefs, brewers, bartenders, distillers, and restaurateurs to make us a cultural hub in the Midwest. So, I ask you, in this loss (and there will be more to come) we find a positive note that our city is coming into its own. 


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