At age 16, after working for a summer at a farm-to-table restaurant in France (a literal one, located on an actual farm) David Malbequi fell in love with cooking and decided to forgo college for culinary school. Decades later, after working in kitchens across France, Switzerland and most recently New York City, the French native has staked out a little place of his own. Located in the space that was formerly Northern Italian restaurant Paprika, David’s Café was cozy and inviting this past Friday evening during its soft opening. David’s will be serving its regular dinner menu of American-influenced French classics like “The Burger Queen Deluxe” starting tomorrow night.
Pete Canny, a bartender at The Wayland, said he was working the bar’s sandwich shop, Animals, when a couple of officers from the adjacent station house mentioned that donations for their annual toy drive were a few thousand dollars short this year. So Canny decided to team up with Pete Chelly, of Summit Bar across the street, to donate an evening’s worth of their tips toward the cause.