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Shiny black stools line a white marble bar. The floor has Spanish-style tiles, and there are dark blue, glossy tiles on the wall.
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A Restaurant Inspired by Parisian Bistros Arrives on Newbury Street, and There Is Escargot Pie

Grand Tour opens on January 29 from Michael Serpa of Select Oyster Bar

It’s been nearly five years since Neptune Oyster alum Michael Serpa debuted his own restaurant, Select Oyster Bar, on Gloucester Street in Back Bay. Today, January 29, steps away from Select, he opens Grand Tour at 314 Newbury St., drawing inspiration from Parisian bistros and cycling races.

Plans began in late 2018, and Serpa told Eater in early 2019 that he “really just wanted to open a place that has a legit steak frites.”

Interior view of a narrow restaurant. A white marble bar lines the left side, with shiny black stools. A dark banquette and white marble tables line the right, which also has mirrors on the wall. The floor is Spanish-style tiling.

“It’s one of my favorite things to eat,” he said at the time. “Simple, delicious, not fancy.” Sure enough, Grand Tour’s menu (see below) features two steak frites options — an eight-ounce prime bavette or 14-ounce prime ribeye, each sourced locally from Savenor’s and served with butter, frites, and watercress salad.

With David Nevins (Olives, Neptune Oyster) onboard as executive chef and Adeir Braz Da Silva (Select) as sous chef, Grand Tour also covers plenty of other French bistro-esque territory, from escargot (in the form of a sort of escargot pot pie) to steak tartare, duck rillettes, chicken liver mousse, crispy sweetbreads, and the like.

A black spiral staircase spans two floors of a restaurant, with white-washed brick walls in the background and a dangling light fixture made of glass globes.
Closeup of a colorful piece of artwork inside a restaurant with white marble tables and a Spanish-style tiled floor

There’s some seafood, although Serpa and his team are mostly leaving the seafood to Select; rabbit, venison, and duck make up the bulk of the entree choices. And for those who want to go extra-fancy, there’s a caviar omelet.

Serpa is enthusiastic about the amount of vegetable dishes on the menu, too, including a butternut squash “crudo,” sliced and presented as if it were a seafood crudo. “I really, really like to eat vegetables. When I go out, that’s what I’m ordering,” says Serpa, noting that Somerville’s Field & Vine is a really great example of that sort of “veggie-centric” menu where you can go in seeking vegetarian or vegan dishes and just order easily, without making lots of substitutions.

The loft-style upper level of a two-story restaurant at the top of a black spiral staircase. The tiling is Spanish-style.
Inside view of the entrance to a two-story restaurant space. Rectangular white artwork above the door has three colorful bicycles on it, gray curtains hang on either side, and a glass globe light fixture hangs above. The walls are white-washed brick.

To drink, Grand Tour is sticking with wine and beer only — that’s really all the space will allow. It’s only around 17 feet wide, Serpa tells Eater, noting that it might be the narrowest building on Newbury Street.

The wine-by-the-glass selection is exclusively American in the same way that a French bistro would most likely feature French wines. “If you’re in France, you’re not going to drink American sauvignon blanc; that doesn’t make any sense,” says Serpa. “So here I was like, ‘Why don’t we just flip that on its head and do all American wines?’” Besides, at Select, that’s what all of the out-of-town visitors tend to seek.

Shiny black stools line a white marble bar. In the background, there’s a dark blue-tiled wall and another wall with dark wood. The floor is covered with Spanish-style tiles.

“It was fun to try to track down the coolest of American wines to make a list, covering the whole range from super light to a little bit bigger to some fun natural-leaning to some more classic. I’m super excited about it,” says Serpa. (As for the bottles, it’s a mix of American and French wines. Plus, there’s a small selection of New England craft beers.)

The coziness of the bistro-style menu is amplified by the space, which — while small — feels airy, not claustrophobic, thanks to a light color palette (there’s a lot of white marble), plenty of mirrors, and a variety of textures and patterns throughout. It’s a major overhaul of what used to be a smoothie shop on the main dining level (located below street level) and a salon upstairs (now a loft-like additional dining room that can be rented for private events).

A glass globe light fixture dangles down a two-story restaurant space with white-washed brick walls. The city street is visible through large windows.
Small dining room at a restaurant with Spanish-style tiled floor, one white-washed brick wall, and one dark wood wall with a couple pieces of artwork hanging on it.

Serpa worked with Boston-based design firm Silverman Trykowski Associates on the restaurant, which features an eye-catching spiral staircase up front and maintains some 1890s-era wood from the building’s original structure. The restaurant’s cycling inspiration — Grand Tour refers to each of professional cycling’s three most demanding races — is incorporated subtly into the design, with a few themed pieces of artwork, including an eye-catching, Tour de France-themed custom work by artist Ale Giorgini. (There’s also a colorful Giorgini piece up at Select.)

With Grand Tour’s opening today, it’s immediately beginning daily lunch service, along with dinner. (The neighborhood sort of demands lunch service, Serpa notes.) For now, the lunch and dinner menus will be the same, although that’s subject to change, depending on the needs of the area.

Narrow restaurant interior, featuring a white marble bar, Spanish-style tiled flooring, and a white-washed brick wall lined with large mirrors
Interior of a restaurant, featuring a black spiral staircase and white marble tables and bar

Grand Tour Coverage on Eater [EBOS]
Grand Tour [Official Site]

Grand Tour

314 Newbury Street, , MA 02115 (857) 277-0800 Visit Website
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