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Bistro brings French flair to downtown Dixon

Published: Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 11:00 a.m. CST
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319 Bistro owner Linda Knoll has her business up and running in downtown Dixon. The restaurant, at 319 W. First St., offers French American cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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Chris Wolber jots down the daily special on a blackboard in the restaurant. 319 Bistro opened Friday.
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There are many different sandwiches on the menu, including one with turkey and pesto with cranberry.
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Homemade chips and salsa are made at 319 Bistro.
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Praise for crepes has been heaped on 319 Bistro. Among the many flavors is this one with banana and strawberry.

DIXON – Avez-vous faim? Well, there’s a brand new downtown restaurant with a French flair that can ease your hunger pangs, and it’s worth stepping around the rubble to get there.

Owner Linda Knoll’s 319 Bistro now is serving breakfast, lunch and dinner at 319 W. First St.

The bistro offers French American cuisine – all kinds of hearty, homemade food, many items with a French focus, she said Wednesday.

There’s also a full-service bar – or will be. Knoll hopes to have a liquor license in hand by this weekend, and if not, she will very soon thereafter, she said.

Knoll, a Harmon native who now lives in Dixon, opened her place Friday, after completely remodeling the former Fung Ming building, inside and out.

“It’s beautiful, and homey,” she said. And “the crepes have been selling like hotcakes.”

In addition to patrons’ praise for the crepes – which include varieties such as fresh fruit, mushroom, baked apple, chicken, and meat-lovers – several Facebook fans also have posted kudos for her French dip sandwhich: two five-star reviews, in fact.

The downtown streetscape work has been a bit of an inconvenience for the fledgling business – there’s no parking directly in front of the building at the moment – but the parking lot behind the Telegraph building at 113 S. Peoria, half a block south, is available for public parking until the work is done.

Stop in, grab a bite and wish Knoll and her crew bonne chance.

Bon apetit

The folks at 319 Bistro are serving food with a French flair from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

To-go orders are welcome; the menu will be posted on Facebook soon.

The bar will be open until 11 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, until midnight Friday and Saturday, and until 8 p.m. Sunday.

Find 319 Bistro on Facebook or call 815-677-9379 to learn more.

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