Soho’s “OTT” but undeniably fun Bob Bob Ricard – where diners “love the ‘press for champagne’ button on every table!” – is to get a swanky new City sibling. The restaurant (working title Bob Bob Exchange) is expected to open in the Leadenhall Building, otherwise known as The Cheesegrater, in April 2017.
Its 180-cover dining room will feature booth seating, much like its Soho counterpart, with private rooms to accommodate a further 120 guests. These will be available in Standard and Executive Class – which comes with its own bar areas and private-jet style seating.
The restaurant will occupy the entire third floor of the Cheesegrater, the tallest building in the City at 225 meters (738 feet). Owner of Bob Bob Ricard, Leonid Shutov, says he hopes the new venue will attract an eclectic crowd and not just corporate types.
Bob Bob Exchange will even vaunt a nine-seater restaurant-within-a-restaurant, serving sushi, sashimi and tempura. Champagne call buttons will, of course, be a feature of the new venue; as well as a new ‘auction system’ which allows diners to bid for fine wines starting from cost price.
No menu details are available yet but diners should expect something similar to the “high-end comfort food” on offer at Bob Bob Ricard. Prices will be on par with its Soho sibling too.