After nearly 20 years, L'Absinthe, the popular and well reviewed brasserie at 227 East 67th Street, suddenly closed its doors this past weekend. Although calls to the restaurant still yield a phone recording advertising Thanksgiving and Christmas reservations, chef/owner Jean Michel Bergougnoux posted a letter to customers online on Saturday, saying "An unforeseen and urgent situation with the new building proprietor is the cause for immediate closing.'' He thanked his dedicated staff and as a closing wrote "It is with great sorrow, yet with great appreciation for a most precious chapter in my career that I bid you 'au revoir.'"
Bergougnoux explains to Eater: "It happened quite suddenly and I don't know exactly what I am going to do. My customers are sad and upset, but real estate people don't care about small businesses. They are going to knock this building down and put up a six story one. Everything has to be out by November 18th. I will take a six month break, and then maybe look for a new place on the Upper East Side.''