Russian restaurateur, Leonid Shutov, was originally slated to create a lavish 250-seat restaurant, costing £15 million, called Biblioteka serving “English classics and Russian delicacies” 'with the "greatest wine list in London", in St James’s Street. However, plans fell through. Shutov has now announced plans to open a sibling restaurant to his Soho establishment. Bob Bob Cite is scheduled to open in March next year, in the Leadenhall Building - informally known as "The Cheesegrater" because of its distinctive wedge shape. Designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners it is still one of the tallest skyscrapers in the Square Mile.
The new (urban-style) restaurant is set to take over the entire third level and house a dining room to accommodate 180 guests, with another 120 covers available in several private rooms and fashioned after the ‘gondola of a zeppelin'. The kitchens are headed up by French Michelin starred chef Eric Chavot. The classic French country-style menu is expected to centre around seasonal meat, fish and vegetables dishes cooked over an open flame or smoked in-house but tweaked 'a la Chavot'.
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The 'in case of emergency' Champagne buttons also be a feature of the new restaurant.