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Philadelphia Landmark Restaurant Closed, For Now

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A landmark restaurant in Philadelphia has closed its doors. Georges Perrier of Le Bec-Fin served the last diners at his groundbreaking French restaurant over the weekend.

The 68-year-old Perrier was at the helm of the downtown restaurant for four decades. Le Bec-Fin is famous for elaborate meals and elegant décor. Renovations are getting under way and new owner Nicolas Fanucci expects to reopen in the spring. He said his goal is to bring Le Bec-Fin back to the storied status it once had in the culinary world.

Fanucci was general manager of Le Bec-Fin from 2000 to 2003. He also was general manager of the French Laundry in California, considered by many food critics to be one of the country’s best restaurants.

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