Michel Bistro Is Becoming Bardo Lounge & Supper Club
Its new identity is inspired by midcentury American dinner parties.
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Owners — and Oaklanders — Seth and Jenni Bregman are transitioning Lakeshore Avenue's Michel Bistro into Bardo Lounge & Supper Club.
Meant to evoke an elegantly comfortable (or comfortably elegant) 1960s-style dinner party in a midcentury living room, the space will feature wood-paneled walls, warm lighting, lush furniture, and vintage barware, augmented by a curated soundtrack of feel-good lounge music, R&B, and soul along with DJs and live musicians.
The cocktail lounge and intimate upstairs dining room will serve happy hour, dinner, late-night bites, and weekend brunch, thanks to Michelin Bib Gourmand chefs Anthony Salguero (depicted above) and Brian Starkey, who will draw upon their experience at Plumed Horse, Sons and Daughters, Commonwealth SF, and Michel Bistro itself to create American-style menus that pay homage to dinner-party favorites.
For instance, keep an eye out for shrimp cocktail, meatloaf sliders, and deviled eggs.
Co-owner Seth Bregman, a former bartender at the acclaimed Stookey's Club Moderne and founder of cocktail catering company Bardo Cocktails, will focus on spirit-forward simplicity, old-school hospitality, and eclectic vintage glassware in his cocktail program.
The transition period will run from March 22 through April 13, with a "Farewell Michel Menu" highlighting old favorites and new selections, ncluding Burgundy Escargot, Bison Tartare, and the popular Lamb Burger.
An open-to-the-public farewell-to-Michel party is set for Saturday, April 14.