Michelin-starred Claude Bosi and Lucy Bosi are set to open the charming, neighbourhood French bistro Josephine on Fulham Road at the end of January 2024.
Inspired by and named after Claude’s late grandmother, this will be the couple’s first joint venture and their most personal project to date – a restaurant reminiscent of the traditional Bouchons so often frequented by Claude and Lucy in his hometown of Lyon.
Claude, who most recently opened Brooklands at The Peninsula, will develop and oversee the menu, serving the food that Josephine used to cook him. There will be French bistro classics and regional Lyonnaise specialities, with a daily plat du jour and a set “Menu Des Canut” also on offer, named after the term ‘canut’ for Lyonnais silk and lace weavers.
Josephine’s wine offering ties in with the classical French feel, by offering the typical Bouchon-style metre wine, which allows guests to only pay for what they drink, encouraging them to try something new. There will also be a bin-end menu available, making the wine offering both inspiring and accessible.
Hospitality stalwart, Will Smith, previously of Arbutus and Wild Honey, will be the General Manager, so diners can expect charming and friendly service.
The 76-cover space will be classic and timeless, reminiscent of the character of the iconic Lyonnaise restaurants, including a semi-private area at the back of the dining room behind a curtain. The design of Josephine is a testament to the creativity and vision of the talented team behind Fabled Studio, drawing inspiration from the warmth of Lyon’s historic Bouchons and the city’s rich cultural heritage.
Claude Bosi said: “We’re incredibly excited to bring a little piece of Lyon to Fulham with the opening of Josephine. This restaurant is a very personal project for us, an ode to my grandmother and the traditional Bouchons of Lyon that have always held a special place in our hearts. With Josephine, we hope to create a welcoming space that we hope locals, Londoners, and friends from afar will want to keep coming back to. We can’t wait to open our doors and share this special restaurant with the community.”
Positioned on the corner of Callow Street and Fulham Road, Josephine will open in January for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.