San Francisco restaurant Fleur de Lys has closed after 28 years in business. The fine dining restaurant had a solid reputation, and elevated chef/partner Hubert Keller to celebrity status. The last day of business for the restaurant was on June 28. On Fleur de Lys’ website, the restaurant’s team wrote, “It has been a very difficult and emotional decision and we are very sad to say goodbye.”
In 2012, Fleur de Lys made another painful goodbye when longtime front-of-house manager and partner Maurice Rouas passed away. Rouas opened the restaurant in 1970, and in 1986 he brought in Hubert Keller to be a partner. Rouas’ death might have been a contributing factor in the reason behind the closing, which hasn’t yet been given.
Fleur de Lys was considered to be one of the first chef-driven restaurants, and chef Keller was also one of the first to give diners an all-vegetarian tasting menu option. The restaurant was famous for its romantic atmosphere and was a favorite for proposals; A second location opened in Las Vegas in 2004 but it closed six years later. It’s currently open as a more casual dining experience called Fleur.