Jeb Aldrich is the new executive chef at the Indigo Road Hospitality Group’s forthcoming Brasserie la Banque, a classic French restaurant that will open this summer in the former bank building previously occupied by One Broad. Aldrich, who worked at Peninsula Grill while attending Johnson & Wales culinary school when it was located in Charleston, joins Brasserie la Banque after working in the kitchen at Tiny Lou’s, Joël and 4th & Swift, all located in Atlanta.
“This is the city that I fell in love with food,” Aldrich said. “The opportunity to serve French food on Broad Street is amazing.”
Aldrich has known Indigo Road owner Steve Palmer for 20 years, he told the City Paper, and the two reconnected at Tiny Lou’s, which used to be under the hospitality group’s umbrella of eateries. At Brasserie la Banque, Aldrich will serve classic French entrees, raw bar items and desserts for lunch, happy hour, dinner and late night, when the restaurant plans to utilize the basement space previously occupied by Baker’s Bar.
Look for “traditional brasserie-type dishes” like a porcini tart, foie gras torchon, crepes, duck consomme with foie gras dumplings and a fish section highlighting local purveyors like Tarvin Seafood and Clammer Dave, among other items, Aldrich said.
“It’s very traditional French,” he said. “That’s the food I love to cook, and it translates to Charleston really well.”
Like its predecessor One Broad, Brasserie la Banque will feature an open kitchen and 14-seat bar, which will specialize in vermouth-based cocktails. The restaurant, slated to open this summer, eventually plans to serve weekend brunch, Aldrich said.
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