PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — One of the most talked-about restaurants in town won’t be closing after all.
Le Bec Fin Will Remain Open With New Partner" width="200" height="201" />Its chef-owner has had second thoughts and is telling his patrons this week that he’ll keep Le Bec-Fin, on Walnut Street in center city, open.
Chef Georges Perrier (top right), a tour de force in shaping the restaurant scene in Philadelphia, points to several top-rated chefs in a recent Philadelphia Magazine poll, many of whom once worked his kitchens before striking out on their own.
“I didn’t say it, they said it: they were asked which is Philadelphia’s most underrated restaurant, and they all said Le Bec-Fin.”
“I was the chef of his restaurant in Atlantic City,” recalls Elmi. “Prior to that I was working in New York City, and I worked with Chef before at Brasserie Perrier, down the street.”
Meanwhile, Chef Perrier, 67, who wants to relax just a bit more, was trying some items from the menu that Chef Elmi was tweaking.
“What did I order? Chicken. No potatoes — I’m on a strict diet,” Perrier said.
Patrons are delighted that Le Bec-Fin will remain open.
“When you feel like French, there is only one person in Philadelphia: it’s Georges Perrier,” said one.
Reported by Steve Tawa, KYW Newsradio 1060.