The Metro’s focus is on authentic, French provincial food (recipes from Marie-Paule's family in France) served in a casual atmosphere. We are not an intimidating, haute cuisine or fusion-style restaurant with ridiculous prices, miniscule portions, post-modern effusions, or heavy butter and cream sauces. However, our seating is limited and intimate, and our food is created one plate at a time. Even for this phase of take-out, we urge people to call and pre-order food in advance, which can be done on our home page, rather than just drop in.
The Metro’s chef / owners, Marie-Paule Marthe and Jay Livernois have been cooking and managing The Bistrot now going on seven years. Marie-Paule learned the art of French cooking from her grandmother and mother, and is descended from cheese makers on one side of her family and wine makers on the other. Jay cooked in the south of France for five years, but he also had an extensive education in food in both the US, Italy, Sweden, and Switzerland.
Our restaurant, when opened up after the COVID-19 crisis, will be available for small (6 - 40), private events (especially Sundays, Mondays, or Tuesdays), including but not limited to: tasting dinners, private parties, and cooking seminars. We are also open to hosting events on other days even during regular business hours. We would love to discuss how we could create or be part of your next event.
Jay was raised on, and now, with Marie-Paule, own his great- grandfather's farm in the hills above Southbridge just over the Connecticut border in North Woodstock. There he harvests 19th century Kieffer pears (150 year old tree at left in bloom), wild grapes, rhubarb, herbs, apples, and venison. Plus he buys locally raised meat, vegetables, dairy, eggs, and chickens. And the Metro has its own local artisanal bread maker, cheese maker (Couet Farm in Dudley), and maple syrup provider. And we patronize the local product stores found in Woodstock--four of them now--our favorite being Elm Farm in East Woodstock--but the others should not be scorned.