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Les Halles Brasserie — the restaurant that catapulted Anthony Bourdain to fame as a main setting in his tell-all memoir, Kitchen Confidential — has closed its Park Avenue location.
Slowly over the years, the small chain has closed or sold its other locations in Tokyo, Miami, and Washington (the latter of which shuttered in 2010). Only one Les Halles location now remains in the Financial District in New York.
The abrupt closure comes almost exactly one year after the death of Les Halles executive chef Carlos Llaguno Garcia, 38, who oversaw the kitchens of both New York restaurants. Garcia died of cancer in February 2015. But last year, we reported that there were rumors of Les Halles opening a third restaurant location on the Upper West Side, but that has still not been confirmed.
Les Halles had been serving steak frites and other French brasserie classics for nearly 25 years, but according to Eater, employees were given one day’s notice of the Park Avenue restaurant’s closure.
Bourdain left the Les Halles restaurant group nearly a decade ago, but he was very outspoken when the D.C. Les Halles restaurant closed in 2010, according to the Washington City Paper.
“Les Halles Washington, DC, closed its doors, and Les Halles Miami changed ownership. Thank God, the way I look at it,” Bourdain said. “They were always, in my experience, a drag on the reputation and finances of the mother ship on Park Avenue.”
The celebrity chef and TV personality has not yet commented on the closure of his “mother ship.”