Is it possible to be irreverent and reverent at the same time? Tempo, the modern French-American restaurant that opened in 2011, proves that it is, mixing good, irreverent fun with food that reveres French culinary tradition, prepared by one of Charlottesville’s most talented chefs.
On the one hand, Tempo’s scene ignores conventions and boundaries, whether beneath Bart the Cape Buffalo at the bohemian-chic bar, in a cowhide print banquette in the dining room, or under the disco ball in the “Champagne Room.” Take the recent Valentine’s Day lingerie fashion show, where local models paraded down a make-shift catwalk in Tempo’s bar area. Not long after, St. Patrick’s Day brought Guinness and shots of Irish whiskey. And then there’s the music. A local indie band one night might be followed the next by a dance party of eclectic, European tracks combining “Buddha Bar, Ibiza, and Hotel Costes.” Throw in an occasional night of salsa dancing, and it’s evident that Tempo welcomes fun in any form.
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