La Belle Helene, a new upscale French brasserie, is set to within a few weeks at 300 South Tryon in Uptown. I got a tour last night and it’s freaking gorgeous.
More commonly known by the owners as “LBH,” this new eatery plans to stay true to an authentic French ambiance.
LBH’s detailed interiors include pewter, antique wood and leather. Ownership’s goal is that La Belle Helene will be used for a first date, business lunch, special family occasion, or an impromptu everyday gathering with friends.
The full restaurant will be 6,922 square feet — spanning 4,005 in the dining room/bar area and 2,917 in the kitchen. La Belle Helene will have 166 seats including four private dining rooms (each with a table of 10) and 16 bar seats.
Led by 30-year-old executive chef Michael Rouleau, LBH will serve lunch, Le Goûter, dinner and Sunday brunch. Expect a modern take on traditional French dishes.
Why is La Belle Helene so damn good-looking?
LBH will be a showcase for potential catering clients for its parent company — Elior North America/STARR Catering Group. LBH is Elior’s second retail concept in Charlotte; they also operate the tastefully designed Parliament Espresso and Coffee Bar that recently opened in the same building Uptown.
“Charlotte is one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. with new residents and businesses now calling it home. Elior is committed to being an integral part of the local community and sharing our passion for creating unique culinary experiences,” Brian Poplin, President and CEO of Elior North America shared with the Agenda. “We chose to open a French brasserie here to bring something new to the city, and to create an inviting space with a classic and approachable menu.”
And yes, even the LBH restroom is tastefully done…