Alain Ducasse Drops St. Regis New York's Adour
How does one say “Shut It Down” in French? It looks like Alain Ducasse is taking Rachel Zoe’s phrase as gospel, first with pulling out of W Vieques this past spring and now with the latest news of closing Adour at the St. Regis New York.
Chef Ducasse hasn't officially stated the reason for abandoning the five-year old restaurant, only mentioning through his handlers that it had been on his mind since the spring. Seems he wasn’t in a good mood during that time. Plus, this decision comes just six years after he closed down his restaurant at Essex House, another pricey place.
The opulent Adour was lauded with three stars in 2008 by New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni, and a quiet favorite among those with deep pockets. Not surprising considering the menu consisted of $65 entrees, an $125 tasting menu, and an extensive wine list that would make an oenophile weep.
In the meantime, Ducasse's St. Regis Washington D.C. restaurant will remain open. But what the Regis New York plans to do with the space that was once held Lespinasse is a mystery, and what’s next for Ducasse even more perplexing.
We do know he’s planning a 25th-anniversary summit for 200 Michelin-starred chefs (including David Chang and Joël Robuchon) right after closing next month at Le Louis XV, his Monaco restaurant on the French Riviera.
But we think either something really big is coming as he pairs down his hotel restaurant relationships (not counting miX at the W St. Petersburg, which is barely getting buzz), or he’s slowing down his game, and we shudder at that thought.
[Photos:The Braiser/St.Regis Hotels]