As if you haven’t heard already, Georges Perrier announced plans to close Le Bec-Fin and sell the property. After rumors swirled late last week that the storied restaurant’s Walnut Street digs were going on the market, the Inquirer’s Michael Klein broke the story online Friday night and in print Saturday morning. While no specific date has been mentioned, Perrier reportedly will close up shop some time next spring. Sadly, the closing marks the end of an era for Center City’s once thriving Restaurant Row, where Le Bec-Fin was the crowned jewel. In its heyday the neighborhood was home to restaurants Circa, Striped Bass and Susanna Foo’s Chinese Cuisine.
Perrier will reportedly open three new restaurants next year - two in Philly one elsewhere - after Le Bec-Fin’s closing, and continue to run his namesake Wayne restaurant Georges’. Perhaps like his former neighbor Susanna Foo, who is opening a dumpling stand in the Lancaster County Farmers Market - also in Wayne - Perrier may consider opening a similar smaller, more accessible dining option.
Perrier puts Le Bec-Fin up for sale [Inquirer]
Restaurant notes: Susanna Foo to market; Thai in Roxborough [Insider]