One of New York’s most iconic French restaurants could close amid family feud
La Grenouille, one of New York’s most iconic French restaurants, could close permanently
An ongoing dispute between the two brothers behind La Grenouille could lead to the closure of one of New York’s best-known French restaurants. According to New York Post, Charles Masson alleges in a case filed with the Manhattan surrogate court earlier this year that the Midtown East establishment faces an “imminent” lockdown due to mismanagement by his brother Philippe Masson, who also inherited from their mother’s business.
Charles accused his brother of defaulting on a $ 1 million loan and leaving the restaurant adrift during the pandemic, the To post reports. But Philippe claims the restaurant, which is currently open, only closed temporarily due to COVID-19 restrictions earlier last year and that he took out the mortgage to pay taxes which he claims his brother was supposed to pay.
French restaurants – such as La Côte Basque, Lespinasse, and Lutèce – once dominated New York’s food scene, but La Grenouille is one of the last to stand tall. It is known for its classic Gallic cuisine and its sumptuous dining room filled with fresh flowers.
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