Scottsdale's 30-Year-Old Voltaire Restaurant Gets New Name, Making Big Changes

Voltaire Restaurant
Voltaire Restaurant, the 30-year-old fine-dining spot of classic French cuisine in North Scottsdale, is getting a makeover.

In an letter to guests, owner/chef David Antonelli, who has been with Voltaire for almost 20 years, said:

"January, February, and March are busy months for us, but we can't survive on three months of activity. We need to bring in more business. We need to have a restaurant that is busy for 12 months, not just a few."

Changes are already under way, starting with the name of the restaurant.

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As of July 1, Voltaire Restaurant is now The Brooklyn Cafe, a name inspired by Antonelli's childhood in New York, where he fell in love with the small bistros in SoHo.

In the letter, Antonelli says the dining room will change dramatically but assures his customers it will not be "a sports bar with TVs and loud music."

As for the food, Antonelli goes on so say that favorites like the Dover sole, beef bourguignon, and roast duck will stay on the menu, but dishes such as the filet, New York steaks, and rack of lamb (due to their high cost) will not. Perhaps the biggest change is the addition of deli items like sandwiches, soups, salads, burgers, and fish and chips -- all for under $10.

Voltaire is currently closed for the season. It will re-open for lunch in August and then for lunch and dinner in September.

Here's the e-mail in full:

Voltaire Restaurant

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Location Info

The Brooklyn Cafe - CLOSED

8340 E. McDonald Dr., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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My husband worked at Voltaire when he was in high school in 1978 for the original owners. He said the Governor (Bruce) and many other big names of the era came quite often.  He proposed marriage to me there more than 26 years ago while the restaurant was still under original ownership.  It was a wonderful place for an excellent meal.  We were glad that David kept most of the original menu when he took over.   Thanks David for keeping it going for as long as you could. Can't say we're happy about the change, so we'll just say good luck.


What a classy letter.  I hope their new concept makes it, and wish them much success.  Never having dined at the "original" Voltaire is a regret of mine.

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