Laurent Tasic has been listening to his customers complain for many years. Not about the food he serves at his longtime French-Americas restaurant, Sage Café. Not about his service or even his prices, which have always been fair.
Instead, the jovial chef says with a twinkle in his eyes and a soft French accent that he's been listening to patrons complain about the lack of nightlife in the area.
"For years, my customers have been telling me they want some place to go after they dined with us," says Tasic, whose restaurant is located in the Whole Foods shopping plaza off Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale. "So I decided to create a place like the old O'Hara's Jazz Café [on Las Olas Boulevard]. A place where they could go before or after dinner to hear some live music or order a burger and have a beer or cocktail."