About Le Charenton

Not particularly known for it's food, Charenton-le-Pont (Charenton the Bridge) is a small town southeast of Paris at the confluence of the Seine and Marne rivers, headquarters of the Huguenot churches in France in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Okay, so... why name your fine Euro-California cuisine restaurant Le Charenton?

Le Charenton Asylum Today - Esquirol Hospital

Le Charenton Asylum Today - Esquirol Hospital

Charenton-le-Pont gained its notoriety for the nearby Charenton asylum, founded in 1645. Particularly respected for its humanitarian treatment of patients, the hospital still exists today - now known as Esquirol Psychiatric Hospital. Many well-known historical figures were held at Le Charenton, including the Marquis de Sade.

Now, as our chef/owner Steven Long is fond of saying:

"You don't have to be crazy to be a restaurant owner, but... Wait a minute! Of course you have to be crazy to be a restaurant owner!"

And he's right. It takes a specific type of slightly off-center individual to own or work in a fine restaurant. A type of lunacy born in an obsession for bringing pleasure to people through food.

Chef Steven runs his own little asylum with a light touch, an open heart and an obsessive passion for fine food. Chances are that he will greet you himself during your visit, and by the end of your meal we hope you will come to appreciate the whimsical lunacy that is Le Charenton.

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