The Shops at Carriage Crossing, a premier mixed-use lifestyle retail center located in Collierville today announced French, Italian and Spanish-inspired restaurant CafÃ© Europe has opened next to Dillardâ€™s and Collierville Taekwondo.
CafÃ© Europe, the latest restaurant by Chef Michele Dâ€™Oto will occupy 3,482 square feet with seating for 70 guests indoors and with additional outdoor patio seating.
CafÃ© Europe will host Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and lunch Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner hours are Monday to Thursday from 5-9 p.m. and Friday to Saturday from 5-9:30 p.m.
The menu features a variety of options such as gnocchi, paella, beef carpaccio and fish ceviche, as well as a cheese cart and dessert cart.
Known for Pasta Italia and The Pasta Maker, Chef Dâ€™Oto crafted the menu based on his life in Europe.
â€œI was born and raised in Italy,â€ Dâ€™Oto said. â€œIâ€™m actually bringing all those dishes I learned and ate in the different countries of Europe where Iâ€™ve been: Spain, France, England and of course Italy. The purpose of this is that it feels like home. Some of the dishes that Iâ€™m bringing here are dishes that my mom made.â€
Dâ€™Oto moved to Collierville in 2006 when his Biloxi, MS-home was hit by Hurricane Katrina. He quickly got involved in the restaurant scene and owned and operated Pasta Italia and then The Pasta Maker until 2018, garnering praise for his authentic Italian dishes.
â€œWe are thrilled to welcome Chef Michele and his team,â€ said Greg Slowiak, general manager of The Shops at Carriage Crossing. â€œHe is bringing a truly authentic experience to Collierville, and weâ€™re excited visitors will get to enjoy it at Carriage Crossing.â€
The Shops at Carriage Crossing features a mix of premier national retailers, select local merchants, specialty restaurants and 128-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel, which boasts an average occupancy rate of 90 percent.
Carriage Crossing is easily accessible from all major thoroughfares, located at Highway 385 and Houston Levee Road, just two miles south of Poplar Ave. and provides convenient store-front parking in a spacious, open-air setting.