Debbie and I know the Lapérouse area well and love it. No Frenchman does not know the names LVMH and Arnault. The re-birth of Lapérouse will be one of our initial stops when we return to Paris in September.
The WSJ tells readers:
Historic Left Bank Parisian restaurant Lapérouse recently reopened its doors following a significant facelift by new owners Benjamin Patou, of the French hospitality group Moma, and LVMH ’s Antoine Arnault. With this new chapter the duo plans a return to the institution’s past, when, for two centuries, great writers, artists and politicians dined and drank with Paris’s demi-monde in its clandestine, private dining rooms.
Situated on Le Quai des Grands Augustins, the original Lapérouse encompassed a downstairs bar and a two-story restaurant with grand salons and a rabbit warren of private dining rooms—each with a unique name and theme, and a bell to buzz the waiter. “This is a sleeping beauty,” says Patou, 41, whose first job, 20 years ago, was working in public relations for Lapérouse. “I really made a wish then to one day become the owner of this place.”
Read more here.
P.S. Wine aficionados are perhaps scratching their heads where the restaurant’s wine cellar is reviewed.
Get a look at Lapérouse here (though the commentary is in French):