A bit of new French flare found its way into Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood this week, with the partial opening of Rochambeau, a brasserie from the Lyons Group that took over the space where the same group previously operated Towne Stove & Spirits (900 Boylston St., Back Bay).
Rochambeau spans two floors, with a separate entrance for its cafe portion, which opened Thursday, October 3. The restaurant and bar at Rochambeau will open sometime this weekend, joining other local Lyons Group establishments Casa Caña, Back Bay Social Club, and Sonsie, among others.
Now open, the cafe at Rochambeau operates from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., with light fare and La Colombe coffee. Dishes include quiche, breakfast burritos made with crepes instead of tortillas, tartines, salads, sandwiches, and pastries.
When it opens, the restaurant portion of Rochambeau will serve loaded lunch and dinner menus with dishes from chef Nick Calias (the Lyons Group culinary director, also busy with another opening this week, Bar Moxy) and chef de cuisine Matthew Gaudet. Gaudet is perhaps best known for his now-closed Kendall Square restaurant West Bridge, which featured a France-meets-New-England menu, and prior to that, he worked with French cuisine in a variety of other restaurants, including Brasserie Jo and Aquitaine.
Lunch will include an array of sandwiches, including croque-monsieurs, lobster rolls, and French dips, along with select entrees, while dinner will feature dishes like Rohan duck breast a l’orange, coq au vin, a “rochamburger,” assorted hors d’oeuvres, and daily specials. There will also be a daily “express lunch” option piecing together a soup or salad with select main courses.
Stay tuned to Rochambeau’s social media for updates on the full opening of the restaurant and bar, as well as the debut of weekend brunch.
• Meet Rochambeau, the Back Bay’s Brand New French Brasserie [Boston.com]
• Rochambeau Coverage on Eater [EBOS]