French Fare Will Return to Canal Corner that Housed Les Enfants Terribles (and Skal)

Posted on: November 9th, 2015 at 5:00 am by
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No Starbucks for Skal, after all. The corporate coffee chain seems to have struck out again in its bid for a Canal area location, for the second time in three years. Instead, French fare will return to the northeast corner of Ludlow and Canal Streets.

An application for corporate change was filed with Community Board 3 back in July, but wasn’t heard at committee. The new principals – Scott Alling, Anthony Coppers, and Thomas Besnard – bought 81% of the corporation. Fabrice Vautrin who originally opened Les Enfants Terribles with Stefan Jonot (and later Skal), left the business over the summer. His partner Oli Stephensen remains.

Word on the street is that the re-tooled restaurant will reportedly return to its French roots. A possible competitor to Jonot’s nascent Les Enfants de Boheme a few blocks away. Not much else is available about the overall plans for 37 Canal, but we do know that these three aforementioned principals have many horses in the race, so to speak. Alling (Pulse Karaoke), Coppers, and Besnard (La Defense) are each involved in Convivium Catering, whose van has been spotted periodically out front.

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Meanwhile, 37 Canal is amidst gut renovation, though admittedly on-again-off-again. Work just resumed this week after an extended hiatus. It’s anyone’s guess when launch will happen.

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