The only thing that could make Barbette more French – short of being in France itself – is the addition of champagne.
And that's exactly what the popular French bistro in Uptown is getting, with an expansion of its West Lake Street premises resulting in the Trapeze champagne bar.
The intimate bubbles bar is now open next to Barbette, offering a menu of "toasts, crudite, shellfish, and seasonal vegetable creations accompanied by bubbles."
The champagne list is being curated by Jill Mott, who has two decades of experience in the industry that has seen her travel to the world's finest vineyards, cideries and breweries.
Trapeze will offer a variety of French champagnes as well as sparkling wines from other nations, in cozy confines decorated with a mural by Minneapolis artist Jennifer Davis.
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The food menu is being compiled by Barbette Chef Jessica Cak, a Wisconsin native who joined the bistro 6 months ago from Cafe Alma.
Barbette is a Bartmann Group restaurant, which is marking 27 years in the location with the opening of Trapeze.
It will be open to the public from 5 p.m. from Thursday to Saturdays, and will be available for private events, tastings, pop-ups and classes for the rest of the week.
You can find more information about the bar here.