Legendary chef Eric Ripert (say it like “repair”) of Le Bernardin in New York has a lucrative consulting contract with Ritz-Carlton Hotels. Lucrative to the point where, apart from the salary, Ripert reportedly flies to the Bahamas monthly to check on his two Grand Cayman hotel restaurants. Ripert and Ritz-Carlton’s Craig Spencer just announced a new restaurant in Philadelphia to open in spring 2008 as part of a multimillion-dollar reservation at the Broad Street hotel. The new, currently unnamed restaurant is being billed as a casual concept space. It will be one of Ripert’s first two stateside restaurants for the luxury hotel chain; another is slated for the Ritz-Carlton in Washington.
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