As a writer and broadcaster, David DeSimone spent the past 25 years sharing experiences with food and wine from his travels throughout Europe. Now, with the launch of Bridge Ten Brasserie
, DeSimone is going beyond words to translate those experiences into a French-inspired brasserie and bar.
Located adjacent to the South Side’s Holiday Inn Express and Suites (20 S. 10th Street), the restaurant focuses on the cuisine, wine, cocktails and beer from all regions of France.
Although the dining room is still under construction, Bridge Ten’s terrasse patio and bar are now open, seating up to 90. The current menu features a variety small plates, mussels, soups and salads, and pizza à la Française; prices ranging from $6 to $20.
Bridge Ten replaces the former Patio 10 in this location. The remodeled dining room will include a new floor and décor, as well as the removal of one wall.
“Basically putting in the mode of a brasserie that you might find in Paris or Léon, France,” DeSimone says.
DeSimone expects the main dining room to be open in September. He plans monthly prix fixe dinners, each highlighting a different region of France, with September featuring the cuisine of Provence.
The restaurant’s chef will be Shawn Carlson, a former executive chef for Toni Pais, of the former Baum Vivant in Shadyside. And Bridge Ten’s maître d’is David Cesaro, a native of France.
DeSimone says the brasserie, like those of France, is upscale yet casual, and even features a special student menu. He says the effort to reach students is part of an overall attempt to make French food and wine more accessible to a broad spectrum of diners.
Writer: Andrew Moore
Source: David DeSimone