The Towne Stove & Spirits replacement has a name, and that name is Rochambeau (900 Boylston St., Back Bay, Boston). Slated to open in May, Rochambeau will be part cafe, part brasserie, and fully French, according to a representative from the restaurant. (Rochambeau is named for Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau, who was the French general that helped the Thirteen Colonies gain independence from Great Britain. It is also what French children call “rock, paper, scissors.”)
The cafe will have a separate entrance from the brasserie, and will serve breakfast, lunch, coffee, and various snacks. The restaurant’s main entrance will lead to the brasserie, a space that will be defined by a tin ceiling, greenery, wrought iron, and pink tiles. The restaurant will also feature a patio large enough to accommodate 65 guests.
A Brooklyn-based design firm called Home Studio NYC — which is responsible for the designs of New York restaurants Rebelle, June, and Sisters — is designing Rochambeau. The menu will consist of brasserie classics like coq au vin and steak frites, and the beverage program will have a focus on cocktails.
Towne Stove & Spirits closed its doors in January. At the time, Patrick Lyons — owner of Towne and the Lyons Group — told Eater the decision to rebrand was dictated by Boston’s restaurant marketplace.
“When we opened originally, we envisioned Towne as a higher check average restaurant,” Lyons told Eater. “Now we feel like the market has changed a bit. A higher ticket experience is not where we think the market is going, or what diners want.”