We knew that something was up when our waiter at Il Sogno last Tuesday night was Chris, a stalwart of Le RÃªve. “We're only open Thursday through Saturday now,” he said. Okaaaaay â?¦
And now comes a call from Andrew: â??There's a lot going on right now,” he said. “We're closing Le RÃªve and will be out by November 1." For all the right reasons, of course.
Among which was the feeling of being an absentee father for two young kids, the fact (and having spent time in the kitchen I can confirm the fact) that the setup at Le RÃªve was far from ideal, and the apparent offer of exciting possibilities at Pearl: A continuation (even expansion) of the concentrated empire that will soon see Sandbar joining Il Sogno (by November 1 â?? or even sooner) is possible, with a Spanish tapas joint up in the air at the moment. Location to be determined.
“I'm not totally closing the book on Le RÃªve,” he said. “Maybe one day an Upstairs at `Wherever`â?¦ operation where I can do fine dining for just a few people.” But Andrew considers the closing, even if temporary, a “win-win” for family and staff.
“Fabien `Jacob, whom Current readers know from Travels With Frenchie` can become wine director, James moves up as manager of `an expanded` Sandbar, all the `usable` equipment from Le RÃªve moves right over to Sandbar, and I can be there at Il Sogno to keep Luca `Dellacassa` from making all the mistakes I made.”
“Why not leave while I'm on top?” he confided â?? with a justifiable degree of pride. If you want to experience “the top,” you have about a month. Make reservations at le RÃªve now, before the downtown corner goes dark. -- Ron Bechtol