Bacchus Management Group has taken over the former Chantilly space at 3001 El Camino Real, founding partner Tim Stannard said this week. Chantilly closed in April after 43 years of business. Chantilly had a long and storied history in the area, with rumors of high-profile Silicon Valley deals being made in its private rooms.
Stannard said the new restaurant will be similar in concept to The Village Pub and Spruce in San Francisco, which Bacchus also owns, but with a special focus on premium steak.
The former Chantilly space on El Camino Real. Photo by Elena Kadvany.
The Bay Area has long been lacking when it comes to quality steakhouses, he said, and he wants to fill that void. The new restaurant will draw on an existing partnership Bacchus has with Flannery Beef, whose owner carefully selects and dry-ages premium beef from all over the country.
Stannard is hoping the restaurant will follow in The Village Pub and Spruce's footsteps and earn one Michelin star and a Wine Spectator Grand Award, the magazine's highest award. Though the building's address is located in Redwood City, its close proximity to Atherton means he envisions it being embedded in that community.
"It was an opportunity to build what I think is another really special neighborhood restaurant," Stannard said. "Our goal is to be of one-star Michelin quality right out the gate."
The restaurant will have formal wait service and a sommelier.
Stannard said they hope to start construction in the next month or so, with a goal of opening in summer 2018. Staff are already in training at The Village Pub.
Stannard stayed mum on what the restaurant's name will be, but said they're "digging around" Atherton history to find something relevant to the community. (He's also keen on a name with a personal connection: a hamburger shack in New Haven, Connecticut, where his father took him growing up, called Louis' Lunch.)
Stannard first took over The Village Pub in 2001. Bacchus also now operates newly opened The Village Bakery in Woodside, The Saratoga in San Francisco, four Pizza Antica locations and Oakland coffee company Roast Co. All of the restaurants are supplied by SMIP Ranch, a private farm in the hills above Woodside.