Sacramento-area residents whose year-end holiday festivities include dinner at Le Bilig French Cafe in Auburn can relax. Contrary to rumors, the restaurant's owners, Marc and Monica Deconinck, aren't going anywhere. True, they were in Bordeaux this summer scouting for property for a potential bed-and-breakfast inn. "That didn't work out," says Marc Deconinck.
On top of that, the Deconincks pretty much have their hands full here right now. They're looking at getting involved in the commercial production of olive oil. Monica Deconinck, who has taught cooking classes for children at the restaurant, is working on a cookbook for youngsters. They're expecting their sixth child in February. And then there's the year-end holiday season, traditionally a busy time at the restaurant. "It's not feasible right now," said Marc Deconinck of a possible move to France.
They are, however, thinking of relocating Le Bilig somewhere in the Sacramento region, and have looked at potential sites in Auburn, Loomis, Roseville and Grass Valley. The restaurant's existing quarters are quaint (they share the building with a bail bondsman) but small (they can seat just 34). "It's definitely in the back of our mind to relocate sometime," said Marc Deconinck. "It would be nice to find a vacant little old stone building in a nice location."
For at least this holiday season, however, they are staying put.