Bistro du Midi executive chef and partner Robert Sisca is leaving the restaurant today after nearly seven years, according to a press release, and a new chef for the Back Bay French restaurant, which features the cuisine of Provence, has not yet been announced. Sisca is heading south to Providence where, as of March, he'll be corporate executive chef at a luxury apartment development called ProvidenceG, which includes three restaurants and the letter 'G': Garde, Rooftop at the ProvidenceG, and GPub.
Sisca, an alum of Le Bernardin, has been at Bistro du Midi since the beginning. In February 2010, Devra First granted the restaurant three stars out of four in a Globe review, lavishing praise on the seafood dishes especially. The next month, Corby Kummer agreed in a Boston Magazine review. "Follow [Sisca] wherever he’s cooking fish," he wrote.
Rhode Island isn't new territory for Sisca — he lives there, went to Johnson & Wales, and worked at Gracie's, a well-loved restaurant in downtown Providence. When he takes the helm at ProvidenceG, he'll be able to flex his French-inspired seafood muscles at Garde, which opened in late 2014 and features a hefty wine list.
As the name suggests, GPub is more of a casual spot — a self-described "modern gastropub with a speakeasy feel" that shows "every game, every night." There's also billiards, shuffleboard, and three private karaoke booths. It's in the basement at ProvidenceG.
And up on the roof, there's a year-round casual restaurant and bar with views of the city, cocktails, small plates, wood-fired pizzas, and a raw bar.