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Brasserie Brixton is finally operating as the bustling neighborhood hangout it was destined to be—just nearly a year later than expected. Owners Justin Morse, Amy Keil, and Matt Daniels and chef Nick Dalton debuted the restaurant in July 2020, aiming to bring the charm of an intimate and affordable Parisian bistro to the Cole neighborhood. Then indoor seating limits squashed their visions of patrons packing around the sleek marble-topped bar and gathering around the chef’s counter for steak frites and glasses of wine. The team pivoted to a takeout-only concept called Le Brix Pizza and Wine for the winter, but as vaccines were administered and the weather warmed, Brasserie Brixton triumphantly relaunched Dalton’s dinner menu of small plates and made-for-sharing dishes, such as crispy-skinned roast chicken accompanied by a tangy potato salad. For the ultimate indulgence, pop in during weekend brunch, when you can sip on refreshing house spritzes and tuck into a duck confit sourdough pancake slathered with velvety foie gras mousse and sweet house jam. La belle vie, indeed.