Loring Cafe becomes Cafe Lurcat
The name is French, the food is American, the wines are international, and, owners say, the restaurant is decidedly Loring Park.
Cafe Lurcat, scheduled to open the second week of September, is the latest in the D'Amico restaurant chain and will replace the landmark Loring Cafe and Bar at 1624 Harmon Pl.
At a July meeting of Citizens for a Loring Park Community, Richard D'Amico presented an overview of the restaurant. "We're very excited to be here," D'Amico told the assembled neighbors. "And after we open we hope you will be, too."
Cafe Lurcat will be named after French artist Jean Lurcat; two Lurcat paintings will grace the restaurant's walls.
D'Amico said the decor will be a mix between old world European and contemporary. "You have old-world architecture with contemporary furnishings to provide a little bit of an edge," he said.
Perhaps the biggest surprise is the food, which won't be fancy fusion-style cooking, but straightforward American fare. D'Amico said the food will not be grouped by the traditional fish, meat, pasta categories, but rather by how the food is prepared, with sections for braised dishes, sauteed, and the like.
While the food is utilitarian, the wine list is decadent. According to D'Amico, Cafe Lurcat have a 200-bottle wine list and 60 wines available daily by the glass.
Cafe Lurcat will only serve dinner when it opens in September, but D'Amico expects to add lunch hours by next spring.