Sarah Simmons Will Open ‘Birds & Bubbles’ Southern Restaurant at 100 Forsyth Street

Posted on: May 29th, 2014 at 5:29 am by

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Grotto closed after 15 years in business

Last month, Eater reported that chef Sarah Simmons and her team from City Grit were working on a new project somewhere nearby. Birds & Bubbles, as it’s named, would focus on fried chicken, “elevated southern dishes,” and champagne. The lease was signed, but location kept mum. Until last night.

CB3’s June agenda for the SLA subcommittee reveals the location as 100 Forsyth Street. That would be the former home of Grotto, which closed earlier this year after the principals decided to focus on Louie & Chan around the corner.

Simmons seeks a full liquor license for the sub-level space at 100 Forsyth, where work has already begun. Indeed, a building resident relayed intel this week that contractors are busy:

Looks like they’re knocking down the wall that partly split the backyards of 100 & 102 Forsyth. There’s also this weird wooden gazebo thing in the back of 102 that Grotto built not that long ago which I think may be getting torn down as well.

They may be intending to maximize both yards for restaurant seating.

Grotto had been open for fifteen years.

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