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About Us

With tightly packed tables and classic bistro fare, Petite Chou Bistro and Champagne Bar is Patachou's reinvention of the iconic French neighborhood restaurant. Founded in 2007, Petite Chou has received numerous accolades, from multiple appearances on Indianapolis Monthly's yearly "Best Restaurants" lists to Travel + Leisures list of "Best French Restaurants in the US". Daily breakfast and lunch available first come, first served. Dinner reservations available Wednesday-Saturday. 

A Founder's Story

Martha Hoover owns a successful collection of restaurants in Indianapolis, Indiana—Cafés Patachou, Petite Chou Bistro & Champagne Bar, Napolese Pizzeria, Public Greens, Apocalypse Burger and Bar One Fourteen. Founded in 1989, Hoover used premium ingredients, prepared from scratch, and partnered with local vendors and farmers—years before the phrase “farm to table” was first uttered. 

In 2020, Hoover was nominated for Restaurateur of the Year by the James Beard Foundation for the sixth time; Food and Wine named her “One of The Most Innovative Women in Food and drink”, Eater named her “Empire Builder of the Year”, Vogue Magazine profiled her and the company for their sustainability practices, and InStyle Magazine named her to their list of “50 Badass Women”. Additionally, Bar One Fourteen was named one of the Best Bars in the US by Esquire magazine, Café Patachou was named one of Restaurant Hospitality’s Top 25 Coolest Concepts, and Won't Stop Inc. was named among “19 great restaurants in the US to work for” by Food and Wine.

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In 2013, Hoover created The Patachou Foundation to feed healthy meals to food insecure children in Indianapolis. To date, more than 250,000 healthy, nutritious meals have been served by The Patachou Foundation to children in its community who live with pervasive food insecurity.

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