Back when Bok was still a technical high school, a student-run restaurant called Le Bok Fin, a little play on the name of the now-defunct restaurant, Le Bec Fin, was operated at the school.
When Lindsey Scannapieco began her plans to transform the school, located at 1901 S. 9th St., into a makers space with community use, one of her dreams was to operate a restaurant there under the same name. That dream is now becoming a reality, with Le Bok Fin coming to life.
This new pop-up restaurant, which will be operated on the rooftop of the school, will be opening to the public on Friday, August 7. The restaurant will require a membership that will be free to anyone over the age of 21, meaning the spot will have a bar. The decision to make the restaurant exclusively for 21 and over is also because the location is still a construction site, making it not as safe for children.
As far as food and drink goes, the restaurant will be serving affordable, easy-to-eat French-style cuisine. According to Scannapieco, they’re still figuring out prices and finishing up details on the menu. The drink menu will include 9 different beers, along with wine options.
Since this restaurant will be operated on the rooftop, with beautiful views of the city, that means Le Bok Fin will only be open in good weather. So if you’re planning on visiting the space, check the weather and Scout Ltd.’s Twitter in case of a cancellation. This restaurant will only be open for 5 or 6 weeks, until early September, so make sure you stop in to check out the food, the views and the school while you can.
The rooftop is being decorated with tables and things that are repurposed from what has been found inside of the school. No reservations will be required for the restaurant, unless the walk-ins begin to exceed the space’s capacity.
Le Bok Fin is opening now because Scannapieco, “didn’t want it to sit vacant for another two years for the grand opening.” Because this is such a huge project that the community is curious about, she wants to invite everyone in to see the space as soon as possible.
Hours of operation for Le Bok Fin are Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. to 12 a.m.; and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. You can check out Le Bok Fin’s website here.