The French Press-Downtown is a favorite neighborhood spot tucked away on Vermilion Street across from Parc Sans Souci in the heart of downtown Lafayette. The French Press is located in the historic Tribune Printing Press building, built in the 1930s, and the building retains much of its original character.
Leaving the original floors and walls intact, owners Margaret and Justin Girouard designed an intimate restaurant and bar that plays with the idea of French-style dining and the building's former use as a printing press.
Old typeface drawers hang amongst full-sized replications of Picasso and Rousseau paintings and a large cabinet of typeface shelves serves as the hostess station, next to the original exposed piping of the original sprinkler system.
The restaurant’s rustic ambiance, with its pressed tin ceiling, candlelit tables, and a sealed cement floor that still bears the footprints of the printers who once published there, lend themselves to a unique dining experience that is both comfortable and cosmopolitan