The Pacific Heights/Laurel Heights corridor is getting a chic French bistro in the form of Nico, which has been in the works for over a year but is finally approaching the finish line. As Inside Scoop reports, it's from the husband-and-wife team of Nicolas and Andrea Delaroque, and will offer high-end yet accessible food for the neighborhood, in the style of a modern Parisian bistro. Nicolas Delaroque, a Parisian native, was classically trained in France, and has also cooked at Atelier Crenn and Manresa; his menu will blend French and Californian influences, with a limited selection of items (five appetizers, entrees, and desserts).
On the wine side, Delaroque has brought in GM and wine director Malcolm Brownson, who has experience at several high-end restaurants himself (including Saison, Coi, and the Mina Group). The former Pierre Deux furniture store has been transformed into a 44-seat space will include a zinc bar with 4-6 seats, as well as a private dining room that seats 10. They're hoping to open sometime in October.