When the storied Locke-Ober is reborn as Yvonne's, a "modern supper club" that will open "soon," diners can expect an extraordinary bar program: Will Thompson is on board as beverage director. Thompson's epic resume includes stints at Drink, Brick & Mortar, No. 9 Park, Lone Star Taco Bar, Deep Ellum, and Straight Law. The latter is a well-regarded gin and sherry bar that he developed inside of Taberna de Haro in Brookline. He also worked with O Ya's Tim and Nancy Cushman to launch their first New York City venture, the Roof at Park South.
Other previously announced staff includes chefs Tom Berry (Proprietors in Nantucket) and Juan Pedrosa (The Glenville Stops), as well as pastry chef Kate Holowchik. Co-owner Chris Jamison is also behind Lolita Cocina in Back Bay, and he's opening Yvonne's with business partner Mark Malatesta. Sox great David Ortiz, aka "Big Papi," is also a partner in the venture.
Yvonne's will feature "eclectic dishes that pay homage to Locke-Ober's classic yet internationally informed fare," according to a previous report by Boston Magazine, which includes a sexy photo of an Argentine-inspired flank-steak matambre. Keep an eye out for a secret entrance and a swanky library bar.