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New West Side building to give Bistro Europa's fans more room

By Andrew Z. Galarneau

Steve and Ellen Gedra, the husband-and-wife team behind Bistro Europa, have purchased a West Side building they hope to open as a restaurant in 2014.

This morning their corporation closed on a deal to buy the Golden Key Tavern, 367 Connecticut St., and associated buildings, Steve Gedra said. They plan to tear out and rebuild the interior and kitchen space for a restaurant with 50 table seats and more room at the bar.

The name’s going to change too. “We inherited someone else’s dream,” Gedra said. “We’re going to build ours now.”

Bistro Europa will stay open until it’s time to fire up the new kitchen, Gedra said. They’re hoping that will only take a year, but “you know how that goes,” he said.

The Gedras’ tiny Elmwood Avenue restaurant has 28 seats, but might turn away as many people on a busy night. The chef-baker duo has cultivated a loyal following with traditional and original compositions of fresh seafood, nose-to-tail heirloom pork, and inspired uses of local produce, with spot-on Americana for dessert.

The property extends from 365 to 369 Connecticut, including some apartment space, Gedra said. Longer-term plans include a banquet room, he said, and a retail store to sell items like Gedra’s charcuterie and Ellen’s breads.

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