The Portland City Council approved a new liquor license Wednesday night for Petite Jacqueline, the French bistro formerly located in Longfellow Square.

The restaurant will be moving to 46 Market St. and merging with the Portland Patisserie & Grand Cafe. Both businesses are owned by Portland restaurateurs Steve and Michelle Corry.

Petite Jacqueline has been closed since New Year’s. Frederic Eliot, the former chef, is now working as sous chef at Rhum, the new tiki lounge at Free and Cross streets.

The Corrys decided to move the restaurant because of increasing rent and other issues with the Longfellow Square location. The new Petite Jacqueline, expected to open in mid-May, will have 48 seats and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

The bistro, named after Michelle Corry’s French grandmother, had been at 190 State St. since 2011. It was a semi-finalist for a James Beard Award in 2012.

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