La Grenouille, one of NYC’s most iconic French restaurants, could close permanently
An ongoing legal dispute between the two brothers behind La Grenouille may lead to the shuttering of one of New York’s best-known French restaurants. According to the New York Post, Charles Masson alleges in a filing to the Manhattan Surrogate Court earlier this year that the Midtown East establishment faces “imminent” foreclosure because of mismanagement under his brother Philippe Masson, who also inherited the business from their mother.
Charles accused his brother of defaulting on a $1 million loan and leaving the restaurant adrift during the pandemic, the Post reports. But Philippe claims the restaurant, which is currently open, only temporarily closed because of COVID-19 restrictions earlier last year and that he took out the mortgage to pay taxes he claims his brother was supposed to pay.
French restaurants — such as La Côte Basque, Lespinasse, and Lutèce — once dominated the fine dining scene in New York, but La Grenouille is one of the last to stand. It is known for its classic Gallic fare and opulent dining room filled with fresh flowers.
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