Many people ask us about why the restaurant is named Citron Bistro.
They get the bistro part, just not the Citron. "Does it have something to do with that French car?" one such patron asked. Nope, that is spelled Citroën and means something else entirely. "Is it because you have a lot of citrus on the menu?" Nope. "Does it have something to do with Kitron liquor?" Well not exactly. It does however have something to do with the same fruit but more importantly, a philosophy.
The citron is a large fragrant citrus fruit with a thick rind, botanically classified as Citrus medica. It is one of the four original citrus fruits from which all other citrus types were developed, either through natural hybrid speciation or artificial hybridization. Quite simply, it is like an heirloom lemon in its purest form. The one from which all other lemons were made.
It is believed that Alexander the Great first brought the citron to Mediterranean area. In Greece, the fruit is preserved and made into spoon-sweets and candies. The leaves are distilled into a raki and the Kitron liquor which the island of Naxos is famous for. The fruit has many culinary, medical, religious and perfumery uses.
As young children, owners George and Tom would enjoy the purple flowers and large, thick-skinned aromatic fruit that surrounded their village. Later in life, memories of those citron trees would bring them back to a simpler time. When things seemed more natural and authentic.