French-inspired restaurant from longtime Macon chef set to open on Bass Road
A French chef who has been serving up dishes in Macon for 25 years is set to open a new upscale restaurant in north Macon next week.
Christian’s, owned by Christian Losito, former owner of The Back Burner restaurant on Ingleside Drive, is set to open at 1693 Bass Road on April 30.
“It’s going to be a nice fine dining restaurant with a French touch,” Losito told The Telegraph. “It will have lots of different specialties,” including sea bass, grouper and lobster.
A passion for preparing food was instilled in Losito at a very young age. He was born and raised in France and went to culinary school there. His mother and father owned a restaurant in Nice, France, called Chez Rene, and his brother, Raymond Losito, owned restaurants in Washington D.C.
Losito immigrated to the United States in 1971 and moved to Macon months before the Great Flood of 1994. He opened The Back Burner restaurant in 1996 and sold it in 2015.
After that, Losito went to work as a chef for John-Wesely Villas until he decided to get back into the restaurant business.
Christian’s is opening in the same spot where Pietro’s and Mirko pasta closed shortly after opening. Losito said when he learned the space was vacant, he decided to “bite the bullet and try again.”
“People think I’m crazy but it’s always fun to try new things,” he said.
The renovated restaurant’s awning was installed Tuesday.
“It’s really really nice now,” he said of the space.
Lunch entrees at Christian’s cost between $12-$19. For dinner, an appetizer costs $8-$14 with entrees ranging between $19-$40.
“It’s going to be a high-end price but, you know, we’re going to sell some very nice product (that is) well presented,” Losito said.
Christian’s will have a full bar. The restaurant will be open for lunch only for the first week. After that, Christian’s will be open for lunch from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and dinner from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It will be open for dinner only on Saturdays.
Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report.