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Nicolas Le Bec, a cook established in Lyon, has finally obtained the concession to run a restaurant in the Palais Garnier. It should open on May 15, 2011, under the name of Phantom. Phantom, 8, rue Scribe, 75008 Paris, no phone available yet.

News Bytes
Valentine's Day in Paris
Want to celebrate Valentine's Day in Paris in style? The Hôtel de Crillon in Paris is the place. They will start on Saturday February 12 and Sunday 13 February with a super brunch (€ 55) in the main dining room "L'Obélisque" with a glass of Champagne offered to the ladies. On the same dates there's a Valentine lunch and dinner at L'Obélisque, their brasserie. On the menu (€ 90) foie gras and its melting heart, scallops in a crunchy bonbon, vol-au-vent, and chocolate dessert. The highlight will take place at Les Ambassadeurs where chef Christopher Hache will prepare a gala evening with amuse-bouche, imperial caviar, sole from Saint Guénolé in Brittany,  yellow fattened chicken, variations around love apple and a bottle of Laurent Perrier Champagne. Be prepared to shell out € 250, but love in style is priceless. Hôtel de Crillon, 10, place de la Concorde, 75008 Paris, 01 44 71 15 00.
Le Grand Véfour Has a New Owner
Guy Martin has bought Le Grand Véfour, the famous restaurant by the gardens of the Palais Royal, from the American group Starwood Capital. Martin, who has been the chef and director of the restaurant since 1991, plans to renovate the lounge on the first floor while keeping his team of about forty persons, including his seconds Pascal Pugeault and Luc Béchet, the maître d' Christian David and the sommelier Patrick Tamisier. Le Grand Véfour, 17, rue de Beaujolais, 75001 Paris, 01 42 96 56 27.
Guy Savoy To Move His Restaurant
Guy Savoy will move his gastronomic restaurant near the Champs-Élysées to the first floor of the Hôtel de la Monnaie, on the banks of the Seine, in the end of 2011. At the same time, he will open a new restaurant, the Métal Café, on the ground floor of the building which will be massively refurbished. Guy Savoy, 18, rue Troyon, 75017 Paris, 01 43 80 40 61.
The Sale of Hôtel de Crillon
It is confirmed that the Hôtel de Crillon has been sold to a Saudi company for $250 million. The new owner takes on the commitment to renovate the palace. In the near future, "old" palaces such as the Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris and the Hôtel Plaza Athénée and in a lower category the Prince de Galles will spruce up their premises to react to the renovations of Le Bristol and Le Royal Monceau and to front the opening of the Shangri-La and then the Mandarin Oriental and the Peninsula. The list should be lengthened in 2014 with the transformation into a luxury hotel of the ex-department store La Samaritaine by LVMH and its boss Bernard Arnault. Bought this summer by an Israeli group, the Hôtel Lutétia should also be lavishly refurbished. Hôtel de Crillon, 10, place de la Concorde, 75008 Paris, 01 44 71 15 00.

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