Eric Ripert Takes Name Off Westend Bistro in D.C., Hints at More NYC Projects

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New projects on tap?

The acclaimed French chef tells Tom Sietsema at the Washington Post that come Janaury 1, he will no longer be involved with Westend Bistro at the Ritz-Carlton. Ripert says his five-year partnership with the hotel group has ended amicably, telling Sietsema, "“I need to focus on Le Bernardin and other projects." He hints he may be opening something New York, and it won't be high-end. “There will always be only one Le Bernardin," he says. Obviously, it's high time for the chef to open his deep-fried hot dog place, Ripert's Rippers. [WP]