Les Enfants Terribles Closing Next Month for New Concept

Posted on: July 24th, 2012 at 6:09 am by

The waves of change are barreling down the shores of lower Ludlow Street, bringing with it tidings of a forthcoming closure. Pioneering frontier establishment Les Enfants Terribles, which first opened at 37 Canal Street back in the winter of 2003, is reportedly poised to undergo some serious transformations. Enjoy what was while you still can.

Indeed, word on the street is that the Afro-French-themed restaurant will close at the end of August for an unspecified period of renovations. Its rebirth (whenever that happens) will purportedly carry a brand new name and concept. Sources inform us of plans to upscale the feel in an effort to resemble its posh sister hangout, Ten Bells on Broome Street. Apparently co-owner Fabrice Vautrin was bought out.

Meanwhile, preparations for the inevitable transition are already underway, as evidenced by sporadic lunchtime closures within the last couple weeks. Start counting the days.

When Stéfan Jonot and Fabrice Vautrin (also behind long-gone Le Père Pinard) first opened Les Enfants Terribles, the corner of Ludlow and Canal was a complete no man’s land. Looks like the Lower East Side gold rush is finally catching up…

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  • C’est terrible. This is one of my go to French, or otherwise, places. First Cafe Charbon, then Resto Leon (also being upscaled). Well, there’s still Jules, Lucien, and Zucco. I guess I’ll enjoy going to those while I can. Most of the good French joints are now in Brooklyn. Quelle domage.

  • Nooooo! I love this place!

  • david

    I know it was popular, I went a couple of times and it was good. Seemed like lots of

    bachelorette parties went as well. Hope it’s not something stupid.

  • Joey

    They’ve increased prices significantly in the last couple of years, with no corresponding upgrade in menu caliber. Still, this was never a dive – always chic and hip, if not posh. Is Ten Bells posh? Come on, no it’s not. Les Enfants is not less fancy than Ten Bells – they seem to be about the same tier, with a different theme (and very similar price range). Very sad to see it go, but mostly for the memories. Used to be an amazing bar scene, and always a brunch favorite. A true (gentrifying) pioneer.