via Bistro Toulouse Instagram

Mount Pleasant classic French eatery Bistro Toulouse has permanently closed after more than seven years at 1220 Ben Sawyer Blvd. in Mount Pleasant. The restaurant made the announcement on social media without citing a specific reason for the decision. 

Owners Candice Mahala and Matthew Schulz opened Bistro Toulouse in 2013 in a Mount Pleasant strip mall. In a 2015 review of the restaurant, City Paper contributor Allston McCrady said, “Mahala and Schulz are not French themselves, but that certainly didn’t stop Julia Child from mastering the art,” commenting on dishes like the escargot and cassoulet. “Apart from the line of Toulouse-Lautrec prints on the wall, you would not peg this for a French restaurant. That is, until the food arrives. At which point you’ll be saying ‘Ooh la la!’ and rolling your Rs with the best of them.” 

The closure is effective immediately, and future plans for the space have not yet been announced.

“We would like to thank everyone who supported and championed our restaurant over the years. We are so honored to have been a go to spot for so many wonderful people in our community,” the restaurant wrote on social media. “To the best team in hospitality we thank you for your hard work, good humor and dedication in making our lifelong dream a reality.”

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