It's the restaurant that gave us the iconic Vincent burger, stuffed with smoked Gouda and short ribs. It's the place where many a noontime power lunch was held. The wine selection educated many a diner and "Le Grand Fromage" was there to oversee it all. Now, the chef says it is time for a new chapter in his life. Francoual told the Star Tribune, ""Business is OK; we’re doing OK. We’re not running out of cash and have to close this week. It’s not that. This is a personal decision."
When we spoke to the chef at last Sunday's Oysterfest he was in great spirits, perhaps because he knew a new adventure was around the corner.
Although, he is a Frenchman, Franacoual is kind enough to do us the honor of a proper Minnesota goodbye. The extended farewell will last through December 31, which will mark the restaurant's last dinner service. Yes, there is still time for a couple more servings of cassoulet.