‘It felt right:’ Café Provence owners open American restaurant Verbena at Meadowbrook during COVID-19

Verbena represents the American side of Patrick and Joanne Quillec's family with a focus on east coast cuisine to highlight Joanne's Philadelphia roots. Photo credit Anna Petrow.

More than a year-and-a-half ago, Patrick and Joanne Quillec, owners of the Village Shops’ Café Provence and The French Market, were asked to move Café Provence to a new location a few miles south, at Prairie Village’s Meadowbrook development. The couple knew they didn’t want to move the French restaurant, and instead decided to showcase the American side of their family with a new restaurant: Verbena.

The Quillecs last week officially opened Verbena, 4901 Meadowbrook Parkway, with a specific focus on east coast cuisine to reflect Joanne’s Philadelphia roots. It has been the toughest opening the family has ever experienced, Joanne said: With COVID-19 looming overhead, there are many difficult decisions that need to be made and the restaurant is open at 50% occupancy to comply with social distancing guidelines. Still, the community response in just one week has been positive, she said.