Wexler’s exterior. Photo by Mathew Sumner.
Fans of oysters and lobster rolls will perk up with this news: the former Wexler’s space in the Financial District is going to become ~LEO’S LUXURY OYSTER BAR~ from the ever-busy Big Night Restaurant Group (Marlowe, Park Tavern, and the Cavalier). Scoop mentions chef Jennifer Puccio will be assembling a menu of classic raw bar items, plus seafood bisque, chowder, grilled oysters, salads, and more. Like, caviar sandwiches. To accompany it all will be Champagnes, rosé, and craft cocktails. Pastry chef Emily Luchetti will make sure you end the night on a sweet note.
The 40-seat space is going to have a small lounge in the front, with a large bar in the middle, and the back area will have banquette seating. Ken Fulk and Jon de la Cruz are designing the space (expect a midcentury look with marble and brass accents). The plan is to open by the end of the year.
As for the Leo in the name, it’s in honor of owners Anna Weinberg and James Nicholas’s adorable son. 568 Sacramento St. at Montgomery.