La Petite Pierre began as the vision of a cozy French Bistro by Suzy and Michele Adrian at a very early age. The two siblings showed an interest in fine French cuisine from the start, and this affinity was encouraged and expanded by their father, Pierre.
Pierre became the head chef of Cincinnati’s premiere restaurant, the Maisonette. Through skill and creativity, he earned the Maisonette its first 5-star rating, a tradition that would continue for years to come. As the reputation and exclusivity of the restaurant grew, so too did the young ladies’ interest in following in their father’s footsteps. They spent time with their father learning about fine food and service excellence. In the summer, they spent time with family in France, enjoying their heritage and traditions.
Eventually, Suzanne trained in France at L’Auberge D’Ill in Alsace, a 5-star premiere restaurant known throughout the region. When they had completed their education, they returned to Cincinnati to turn their dreams into reality. In August 1989, they took out a loan on a small building where they began their catering operation. They knew the name should be decidedly French, so they named it after their father to whom they owed so much. Within 4 years, they were able to acquire a larger building on Camargo road. After a few months, the renovation was completed and the new La Petite was born. The restaurant was now large enough to feature an expanded dining area where patrons could come and sample the fine food for luncheon or dinner.
Today, Pierre is passed away, but his memory lives on through the quality service and fine cuisine offered by this small Maderia cafe. Suzy and Michele are shining examples of the legacy their father has left for them.