The team behind one of Carroll Garden’s favorite restaurants, La Cigogne, is planning to bring a new high-end cocktail bar to Smith Street.
The romantic spot, Barely Disfigured, named after a “sad love poem” by Paul Eluard, is slated to open in July, says Jeremy Andre, one of the owners. The 600-square-foot lounge will take over 257 Smith Street, the former home of Indian eatery Baluchi’s and an infamous “massage parlor.”
The bar will be a quiet and cozy retreat featuring lots of wood and marble accents. Andre and his partners Damien Frey and Regis Van Kaster, plan to install a sleek marble bar long enough to accommodate about 30 guests alongside a handful of tables for more romantic seating.
The team is currently working on the drinks menu with a beverage consultant and will offer a variety of creative, signature cocktails. Barely Disfigured will also have a small plates menu, featuring tasty nibbles like tuna tartare, oysters, cheese and charcuterie, and foie gras.
Fans of La Cigogne need not worry—the popular Alsace eatery isn’t going anywhere. Andre says he and his partners just want to expand their business and take advantage of Smith Street’s busy foot traffic, something La Cigogne doesn’t see a lot of at its 215 Union Street location.
Barely Disfigured will be a welcome addition to Smith Street, which currently has far too many vacant storefronts.