Camille Becerra Walks Away from APL

Posted on: January 13th, 2011 at 6:39 am by

On the precipice of a grand opening, APL is SOL.  That’s right, Camille Becerra is no longer involved with the forthcoming restaurant at 146 Orchard Street. Earlier this week, we fielded anonymous emails indicating that Ms. Becerra was never involved in the first place, and that it was just a PR ploy to better her own career.  False. More reliable sources informed us that the onetime Paloma chef decided to walk away due to clashes with ownership. Again.

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Indeed, the rash of street speculation was finally set straight by APL designer himself, Steve Lewis, on his Blackbook-sanctioned blog Goodnight Mr. Lewis.  He published a hefty missive about the entire ordeal at the plagued project, including landlord issues regarding an egress and his heartache over the last-minute loss of such a necessary “asset.”

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The restaurant that I built around chef Camille Becerra, APL, is parting ways with her before it even opens. As construction was completed over the last couple of months, it became clear that the owners and Camille weren’t getting along. It was like cowboys and Indians, and although at times it seemed like it was going to work out, well, it didn’t.

After almost a year of delays, when an egress was denied by a landlord and an alternative had to be approved by the buildings department, the joint now loses what I consider its greatest asset.

Despite the pre-launch implosion, if you will, the APL crew is determined more than ever to see it through.  But even Lewis has fears about the eatery becoming a dud.  He writes, “The jury is still out on whether APL, pronounced ‘apple,’ proves to be full of worms or a Golden Delicious.” Oh, the drama!

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