Le Bec Fin to Close This June

LeBecFin11_LoRes Photo by Mike Persico

The doors are closing

Michael Klein is reporting that Le Bec Fin will “retire” this June. Replacing the French icon will be a new restaurant serving “progressive American cuisine” and run by chef Justin Bogle, who is returning to Philadelphia after running the kitchen at New York’s Gilt.

Chris Scarduzio, who was Georges Perrier’s partner at several restaurants will be the new restaurant’s director of operations. Nicolas Fanucci who has been identified as the owner of Le Bec Fin has indeed recently departed and won’t be involved in the running of the new restaurant.

Current chef Steve Eckerd will land on his feet. Klein reports that the chef and his partners have landed the Mainland Inn in Montgomery County.

Though this definitively ends the Le Bec Fin legacy, it does bring yet another top-line chef to Philadelphia in Bogle. Bogle, a Roxborough native was one of the youngest chefs to ever be awarded to Michelin stars for his work at the now closed Gilt. Bogle graduated from Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College and worked for Douglas Rodriguez and Jose Garces at Alma de Cuba before moving over to Striped Bass, where he worked for Christopher Lee.

Bogle followed Lee to New York and was a sous chef under Lee at Gilt. In 2009 he became the executive chef and the restaurant received its two-star Michelin rating. A rating it held till its closing in 2011.

Le Bec Fin to ‘retire’ [The Insider]

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  • Al

    End of an era. Had some memorable meals there. High end restaurants like LBF are struggling in NYC and Paris, too. Good luck to everyone at LBF in their new endeavors.

  • Auguste Escoffier

    Sacre bleu!!!

  • Tomaaas

    End of an era indeed but sadly it was over long ago. This is probably best as the place needs to be rebranded. However the Michael Klein quote about Chris Scarduzio is weird. First of all why is a Chef the director of operations instead of hiring a proper GM for your restaurant. Reading between the lines the new owners have to be the same owners as Table-31 -St. James-Sampan Trifecta. Wonder what they are doing about the fact that Perrier still owns the building and they have to pay him 30k a month in rent.

  • Veritas

    Seriously? Scarduzio? Have people not seen from the complete and utter failure of Table 31 that this guy is a one trick (Brasserie Perrier) pony? I hope they go ahead and invest in a shit-ton of sex harassment insurance.

  • jasmine

    Phila team is going to do LBF proud. Bogle is super talented. Ate ate Gilt and was blown away. Love all of Scarduzios restaurants especially in AC. Four restaurants four great experiences. Im wishing Bogle much success. Phila should be excited and happy. Heads up guys… philly is full of haters.

    • Tomaaas

      Yes while Philly does have haters your comment is ridiculous. Justing Bogle is a very good chef and I am sure he will do well here. Chris Scarduzio’s restaurants on the other hand are a complete and total joke. Table 31 has a menu entirely composed of cliche dishes and the Atlantic City “Steak and Sushi Lounge with Bottle Service” is the world capital of douchebags not to mention the horrible food. What exactly is the “Phila Team”. Scarduzio still cooks the same lame food from Brasserie Perrier. If you were blown away at Gilt you should have eaten there when Paul Liebrandt was the chef.

      • Veritas

        Agreed, Tomaas. Scarduzio still throws orzo, risotto or lobster mashed potatoes under every freakin’ protein. He has not evolved AT ALL since his Brasserie Perrier days. Jasmine has got to be on his — or his PR firm’s payroll since no one in the know would ever legitimately say that. I know Bogle is a great chef and can do great things, but Scarduzio could literally single-handedly sink this entire operation depending on how involved he is.

        • Tomaas

          …and the fact that a Chef is the “director of operations” is troubling because that means they are going to probably use Scarduzio to reign in Justin Bogle so he does not get too creative. Justin is an excellent chef but having him be directed by Scarduzio is like having Rem koolhaas be directed by Bart Barfstein.

  • Miss Understood

    Who gets the chandeliers?

    • Scarlet

      This is what I would like to know. I sincerely hope they reuse the chandeliers, at least one or two, incorporated into a new funky creative atmosphere. They are a beautiful staple to the restaurant and It would be nice to keep some of the history and nostalgia in the venue. If they are not kept it would be nice to let the public know the fate of the chandeliers and hopefully put to good use elsewhere. With that said, Its sad that we cant hold on to great fine dining anymore. I will surely miss Le Bec Fin.

  • http://www.moviefanfare.com/ Jason Marcewicz

    Sorry to see LBF go. There’s something about dressing up (depressing to see Morimoto’s diners come in with t-shirts) to go to dinner at a special place that will be sorely missed by me—and this coming from a guy who doesn’t even own a tie! As Jasmine alluded to, let the hating on the next place begin…

    • JA

      Perhaps your “dressing up” comment should be followed by the words “a bit”. You don’t own a tie? So when you do dress up do you rent one?

      • http://www.moviefanfare.com/ Jason Marcewicz

        I do not like ties…think they are silly. I usually wear a nice crewneck shirt and sportcoat.

  • fred

    The people that own T-31 and Le Bec Fin need to learn to pay their bills.

  • Frenchy Le Fudge

    About time…put this place out of its misery.