Adrian Richardson to open Bouvier Bar, sister venue for Carlton's La Luna Bistro

La Luna Bistro's Adrian Richardson at his evolving venue, Bar Bouvier.
La Luna Bistro's Adrian Richardson at his evolving venue, Bar Bouvier. Photo: Nola James

Owner-chef Adrian Richardson opened La Luna Bistro in Carlton North 18 years ago, so he's had a bit of time to plan his next venture, Bouvier Bar, due to open in Brunswick East in early June. "I think I've really nailed the concept," he says.

That concept is "New York-style" bar: a service-focused watering hole that's "a little funky looking, a little bit swish".

The ground floor of the two-storey converted clothing factory will be a bar with about 60 seats: stools for at least 25, plus wall-to-wall banquettes and good sturdy tables; upstairs there's room for around 110 revellers, a long-awaited solution to an overflow of La Luna function inquiries.

With the venue named after socialite (and father of Jackie Onassis) John Vernou Bouvier III – a raconteur with a taste for the good life – old-school cocktails will be a focus: a 3am licence has just been approved and there are plans to keep the kitchen open until late, too. Key staff will be appointed soon, including a sommelier and head chef.

Richardson says we should expect a bar menu with a La Luna influence that's "a lot more fun, meat-focused, user-friendly – perhaps charcuterie or a little bowl of pasta if you're feeling peckish".

At the moment Richardson's still picking out tiles; they're setting up shop at 159 Lygon Street, Brunswick East.