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Le Bec Fin Will Close Its Doors, Ending An Era In Fine Dining

by Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - It's the end of an era in fine dining. Le Bec Fin is disappearing from Philadelphia's restaurant landscape.

For more than 40 years, Le Bec Fin was Philadelphia's five-star gold standard in French dining.  But this June, Le Bec Fin will close its doors.  It'll be rebranded in the Fall as an as-yet unnamed restaurant with a progressive American menu under two-Michelin star chef Justin Bogle.

The restaurant's director of operations, chef Chris Scarduzio, says Le Bec Fin really couldn't survive without founder Georges Perrier, who sold it a year ago.

"Le Bec Fin and Georges Perrier are the reason that a lot of chefs like myself are chefs.  And it deserves to be treated with dignity and respect," said Scarduzio.

Scarduzio says the downstairs bar at 1523 Walnut will remain open during renovations.

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