After a complete renovation, Le Petit Cambodge reopens tonight, four months after the November terrorists attacks took the lives of 15 patrons in the area.
Europe 1 calls the interior “unrecognizable,” with new furniture, flooring, and a fresh paint job. No fanfare accompanies the reopening—aside from the removal of the memorial flowers covering the sidewalk in front of the restaurant, nothing portends some great event or rebirth in the neighborhood. The owner of Le Carillon, which reopened in January, admitted to Europe 1 that, since the attacks, the neighborhood hasn’t flocked to the terraces of its cafés in the way it used to. But then again, spring has barely sprung yet.
“I had coffee here this morning, but yes,” a regular at Le Carillon told Europe 1. “You think about it every time, but we tend to think that if it happened somewhere once, the likelihood of it happening again is super slim. We’re inclined to think that this is the safest place in Paris now.”