A second ‘Press for Champagne’ restaurant is finally opening, and you’ll find this one inside the iconic Leadenhall Building.
Bob Bob Cité, the much-anticipated new venue where Champagne is available at the push of a button, will be “suspended above the 30-meter high open-air atrium like the gondola of a zeppelin” and will seat 190 people. There’ll also be three private dining suites, each seating eighteen, that will boast incredible views of the city.
The interiors of the new restaurant will compete with the lush look of its Soho sibling, Bob Bob Ricard; with all the same glitz and glamour, mixed with slightly more contemporary design. Very importantly though, the new spot will definitely be copying the iconic ‘Press for Champagne’ buttons, which are fixed to every table.
It’s not every day that you’re around such a powerful button, so Bob Bob Cité want to make the experience extra special. Champagne will be poured from Magnums, Jeroboams and even Methuselahs (that’s eight times the size of a regular bottle), so you’re guaranteed to feel extra fancy. And the bougie boozing doesn’t stop there, either! Bob Bob Cité will also play host to one of the largest selections of Armagnac (over 100 vintages starting with 1888) and a collection of Chateau d’Yquem (the world’s greatest sweet wine, dating back to 1866).
The menu, designed by chef Eric Chavot, will be based on classic French country-style cooking. The ingredients will mostly come from Britain, but will travel from further afield for the more authentic touches.
The opening date for the new restaurant has been delayed by fourteen months, but Restaurateur Leonid Shutov is optimistic about its lateness. He says “Good things come to those who wait … Bob Bob Ricard [Bob Bob Cité’s Soho sibling] was two years late when we built it, so I feel this is already a big improvement!”
The new restaurant will open inside the Leadenhall Building, better known as the ‘Cheesegrater’, on Monday March 25, 2019.
Also published on Medium.