According to today's New York Times, Cyril Rennaud is closing his wonderful, Michelin-starred Fleur de Sel in order to concentrate on his more casual (lower-priced) new spot, Bar Breton. Don't know about the rest of you, but I'm terribly disappointed. Don't get me wrong - Bar Breton is good, but I've really enjoyed dining at Fleur de Sel over the years and will miss it. I guess Cyril didn't want to disappoint all the lovers who'd booked for Valentine's Day, though, so they're staying open until the 21st.
Sad, but I understand that people really don't want that kind of white-tablecloth, formal French restaurant anymore. Actually, I *don't* understand it. And Fleur de Sel was like a fancy-schmancy-French-gourmet-restaurant lite - a compromise for those who feel that it's too much to ask that gentlemen wear a jacket, much less a tie, and remove their baseball caps in the dining room.
Oh, lordy, lordy. I've become my grandmother!
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