Luc’s Brasserie operator Simon Binder is to launch a new European wine bar and bistro near St. Paul’s in October.
Bar Battu will open on the former Molloy’s site on Gresham Street as a rustic dining and drinking space designed by architects Mackenzie Wheeler.
The ground floor will hold an 80-cover wine bar and dining space, while the first floor will provide additional seating for 40.
Former Galvin Bistro de Luxe chef Sydney Aldridge will lead the kitchen as head chef, serving a ‘wine-friendly’ menu featuring charcuterie, cheeses and predominantly French dishes such as Snail and Ox Cheek Ragout and Grilled Coquelet with Ratte Potato Salad and Garlic Jus.
Amanda Mullard will lead the front-of-house operation, serving a wine list with around 100 French and Old World wines.
The site, which was secured by Cafe Med founder Binder in May, was originally thought to be a second outlet of his Parisian bistro Luc’s Brasserie, the original of which is situated at nearby Leadenhall Market.