It's not the obit we'd feared, and a death notice may still be on the way, but the over the weekend Times did deliver the latest on the shuttering of Brasserie LCB, initially at the, let's call them, strong urgings of the DOH. Now, the venue remains closed because chef/owner's Jean-Jacques Rachou is too depressed to reopen.
He said his restaurant’s closing last month was a great shock.The Times estimates the restaurant is losing $100,000 a week while closed and also notes that employees are not being paid during the downtime. Rachou suggested as well that it may be another two weeks before he's ready to open, which is not to say that the reopening is a lock by any stretch of the imagination. As for the nature of LCB's violations, the words “mouse activity” were used.
“When this happened, I was really destroyed,” Mr. Rachou said, standing outside the restaurant, which was dark, its bentwood chairs stacked on tables.
“I would say in the city, my kitchen is one of the 10 best,” Mr. Rachou said. “If not, it would go against my rules. They made an example of me.”
He added: “I don’t deserve it. Maybe I deserve it. I don’t know.”
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