Two faded fine dining restaurants are both closing soon: Gilt and Adour. Alain Ducasse tells Flo Fab that Adour will close after service on November 17, but he has not yet offered an explanation for the closure. The restaurant lost its acclaimed chef Didier Elena earlier this year, and several other chefs came and went before him. The Adour in Washington D.C. will remain open.
Flo also reports that the space in the New York Palace Hotel that currently houses the two Michelin star-rated restaurant Gilt will soon be home to a brand new project from French chef Michel Richard, who owns restaurants in D.C., Vegas, and Carmel, California. Gilt has not announced a closing date, but the new restaurant is slated to open next summer.
Richard is actually taking over three spaces inside the New York Palace Hotel. He will open a somewhat formal restaurant in the Gilt space, as well as a bistro in a room that's currently used as an event space, and he will add a pastry shop in the lobby. Richard tells Flo Fab, "Both restaurants will be modern, not old-fashioned. I want people to have a good time."
Although this is sad news for fans of Justin Bogle's cuisine and the restaurant's deep wine list, Gilt has had a rocky few years — remember the Gossip Girl grilled cheese? No word yet on whether the team will move to another space, or if Gilt will simply vanish from existence.
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