Boston, MA - Home to longtime French standard bearers such as Aquitaine and Petit Robert, Boston’s never had a strong focus on Lyonnaise cuisine. This change as Jamie Mammano opens his latest venture - Bar Lyon - in the South End.
Bar Lyon will be the eighth restaurant for Mammano’s Columbus Hospitality Group; a portfolio that also includes Ostra, Mistral, Teatro and Sorellina.
Influenced by the rich culinary history of the bouchons of southeastern France, the restaurant will focus on classics such as coq au vin, duck confit and fromage blanc; styles popularized throughout the world by titans such as Paul Bocuse and the nouvelle cuisine revolution of the late 1960s.
“It's going to be very simple, very old school. We're dedicated to cuisine. I really want to bring back classic French cuisine," said Mammano in 2017, adding that he envisions Bar Lyon as a “gently priced bistro… with a casual, comfortable atmosphere.”
Keeping in touch with the “less is more” philosophy of nouvelle cuisine (and distinct from Mammano’s other enterprises,) Bar Lyon offers no valet parking nor does it accept reservations. Adding to the intimacy of the 48 seat room are rustic oak tables, plush booths, early 20th century iron wall hangings offset by a vintage chandelier.
“It’s helpful to understand the whole hospitality industry. Being gracious hosts, it makes a difference,” Mammano told the Improper Bostonian in 2017. “You can’t lose sight of that. In this business it’s fundamental. You just need to stick to it.”
Bar Lyon is located at 1750 Washington St in Boston, and will be open at 5:00 pm this Friday, September 14th. Hours will be Monday-Thursday from 5:00 pm-11:00 pm, Friday and Saturdays from 5:00 pm-11:30 pm and Sundays from 5:00 pm-10:30 pm, with the bar open daily from 4:30 pm-12:00 am. For more information, visit barlyon.com