Welcome to the English part of the Prao website. We introduce you to our company and our activities. If ever you have any questions, feel free to contact us or just pop by our locations – our whole staff speaks English.
What is Prao?
Prao is not simply a company – it is much more an idea or a way of acting that we live by every day. All our activities are characterized by our values: good sense, respect and simplicity. As a cooperative business led by its nearly 20 employees, we're trying to share this idea with all of you. By working with local producers, by being in constant exchange with our providers, by finding new ways of doing the things we do since 2013.
Where it all started – Prao Restautant
After opening at first in the Minimes district, the Prao Restaurant is now located in the charming Saint-Nicolas neighbourhood of La Rochelle. In an old Watersport shop, we invite you for lunch and dinner over two floors in an industry-loft atmosphere. Mainly working with local products and local producers, the menu is constantly changing while providing mainly seasonal dishes. Our starters and desserts change every few months, and to keep the variety, our main dishes change on a daily basis, always including one dish for our veggie customers. On top of that, for lunchtime, we create a unique menu (16€) every day from Monday to Friday. And if you're in for a treat, come by to check out our Sunday brunch with its diverse offers ranging from our special Quebecese brunch or again the always changing brunch of the week.
10 Rue Saint-Nicolas, Open Monday – Saturday 12:00-14:00 and 19:30-22:00, Sunday Brunch from 11:30 - 15:00. English menu available.
Our cosy place at the harbour front – Prao Café
About 100 steps away from the restaurant, we opened a smaller place with a little different concept. The Prao Café is the place to go for a Espresso or a Latte (yes, an Italian one), for a warming cup of tea and for a fresh and fast (or not) lunch. You can enjoy creative salads, warm and cold sandwiches that go further than a boring "jambon-fromage" and homemade pastries. Either you take place in our bright, cosy room or you sit down at one of our terrasse tables and enjoy the sun with a nice view of the Old Harbour. And in summer, you might even want to stay a little longer and grab a Prao Beer or a glass of wine to get the evening started.
21 Quai Valin, Open Monday – Saturday 9:30-17:30
Good sense at home – Prao Boutique
At the gate to the Saint-Nicolas neighbourhood, crossing the channel from the city center, you can find our third opening: the Prao Boutique. We sell a whole range of dedicated products in our shop: Amongst creative paperwork and a small selection of wines we love, you can find lovely decoration products that we chose following the values that we live by every day. All our articles are coming from small, usually Family-run, European businesses. In 2016, we teamed up with the local concert location and music hotspot La Sirène. That's why you can not only buy tickets for their shows but also find a selection of Damien's best vinyls – old and new – in our boutique. Last but definitely not least, we also sell our own products, whether it's the Prao Beer, delicious jam right out of our restaurant's kitchen or the always expanding range of Prao Studio creations (see next chapter).
1 Rue Saint-Nicolas, Open Tuesday – Saturday 10:30-12:30 and Monday – Saturday 14:30-19:00
Our own graphic creations – Prao Studio
The next activity we started is the graphical work of Prao Studio. Since 2017, we've created over 100 graphics, mainly available on 30x40 posters, but also on smaller postcard formats or – as special editions – as silkcreen (screen prints). Selling our first creations in the boutique, we've developed whole series of the posters that found great success among our customers. In our flagship line – the City Map series – we re-invent cities with all their streets and parks in a minimalistic and modern way, in four different colours. So far, we created posters of over 50 French and international cities. Apart from that, we developed a Surfing series portraying waves from all over the world, a Shellfish series, and paid tribute to beautiful lighthouses and other monuments of our heritage. In 2018, we found several beautiful boutiques from all over France that sell parts of our creations. You can find the integrality of our products in the Prao Boutique and our online shop. Following the Prao way of producing, all our posters are printed by a small printing company just next to La Rochelle.
By the sea – Terrasse de la Chaîne
For the summer of 2018, we are going to open a fourth location in La Rochelle. From July to September and May to October in the following years, the Terrasse de la Chaîne will offer one of the most beautiful views of the whole city. Together with the nearby exposition "Tous à la plage!", the Centre des Monuments Nationaux and La Rochelle's favorite ice cream shop Ernest le glacier, we welcome you from 2 p.m. until midnight every day on our terrasse – whether it's for an iced tea or an artisanal ice-cream in the afternoon or for a drink watching the sunset. On top of our varied drinks menu, you can enjoy appetizer plates and seafood tapas. We are also working on an eclectic culture program to offer you great music at this beautiful place. Stay tuned and come by to discover the Terrasse de la Chaîne.