Updated 12/2/18 with opening date
What: Bob Bob Cité
In a nutshell: Press for champagne in the City
Summing it all up: Soho's iconic restaurant Bob Bob Ricard is opening a second place on the third floor of the Cheesegrater and they've got a top chef to head up the operation
Well this really IS good news. Ever since he closed Brasserie Chavot and moved out of London to run the kitchens at Nonsuch Park, London has been missing the talents of the wonderful Eric Chavot.
Chavot is now back in town as the Executive Head Chef at Bob Bob Ricard and will be overseeing the kitchens at Bob Bob Cité - the new offshoot of Bob Bob Ricard which will open on level eight of the Leadenhall Building, aka the Cheesegrater.
The decision's delighted BBR founder Leonid Shutov who says of his new hire; "He is without doubt one of the true giants, not just in London but internationally, and I am hugely excited about us working together.”
The decision's mutual it seems and for Chavot, his imminent move to the City reads like something out of a romantic novel. "From the first time I met Leonid it felt like a marriage made in heaven," says Chavot. "One needs to be in the right place at the right time and it's happened for me...I wake up in the morning with goosebumps and a silly smile on my face."
So far, other things we know about Bob Bob Cité are:
- It's on the eighth floor of the Leadenhall Building
- The restaurant is going to be entirely made up of booths and will seat 190 with a collection of private rooms for a further 50, seating four to 18 guests.
- The menu will be French with Russian influences.
- And, drumroll, there will be Press for Champagne buttons (Hooray!)
More about Bob Bob Cité
Where is it? Level 8, 122 Leadenhall St, London EC3V 4AB
When does it open? January 2019