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Georges Perrier Finally Sells His Chestnut Hill Home

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Chez Perrier--no longer.

It seems like we’ve been talking about Georges Perrier trying to sell his house for the longest time. This week, the legendary Le Bec-Fin chef tells us he’s finally managed to unload the gorgeous 9,000-square foot home, complete with a wine cellar, five fireplaces and an in-ground pool.

“I’ve been packing for days,” Perrier, 69, laments, explaining that he’s downsizing to a two-bedroom apartment at 23rd and Walnut streets. He’s moving in this week. “I have too much stuff,” he says, even after he sold many of his belongings at a much-talked-about estate sale. “Whatever I can’t carry, I will put in storage.”

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Le Bec Fin: It’s Over

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Photo via visitphilly.com

Talk about the end of an era: It’s hard to believe this day would come. Le Bec Fin, long known as Philadelphia’s flagship fine dining establishment, is through. For longtime residents and natives, it’s almost impossible to imagine the city without Le Bec, which Georges Perrier opened in the early 1970s. At that time, Philadelphia’s restaurant scene was nothing like the one we know today–nothing–and the restaurant’s splendor, haute cuisine, superb reviews and five-star rating brought a luster to the food scene that was sorely lacking.

At the same time, other establishments, big and small, opened within an atmosphere of burgeoning credibility and energy. Frog. The Commissary. The Garden. Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Knave of Hearts. Les Amis. Judy’s. But Le Bec Fin always remained the gold standard for exclusive fine dining, oft cited as “the most expensive restaurant in town”–and thus off-limits to many.

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