French Fare Makes a Comeback this Fall Where ‘Skal’ Failed on Canal Street

Posted on: September 7th, 2016 at 9:25 am by
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It’s been a year and a half since the Icelandic Skal struck out. In the interim fourteen months, construction ceased, Starbucks was rumored to open at Canal Street and, later, Cafe Katja briefly considered an expansion. But no, it’s gonna return to its roots as a French-style restaurant (i.e. Les Enfants Terribles). Supposedly; this project is more than a year in the making.

These days, though, the gates are periodically open to reveal ongoing gutting work within. Refinishing seems near to completion. One of the workers on hand further confirmed that a French restaurant is definitely happening and that the establishment should open sometime this fall. But with different ownership, as previously reported.

An application for corporate change was initially filed, and later approved by Community Board 3 in July 2015. That motion allowed new principals – Scott Alling, Anthony Coppers, and Thomas Besnard of Convivium Catering – to acquire an 81% stake of the corporation. One year later, additional paperwork was filed to add David Goodman as minority owner to the endeavor codenamed “Brigitte.” It’s worth noting that Fabrice Vautrin, who originally opened Les Enfants Terribles with Stefan Jonot (and later Skal), subsequently left the business. His partner Oli Stephensen remains.

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However, none of this information is yet reflected in the liquor license on file with the State Liquor Authority.

It’s also worth noting that Alling was reportedly an owner in controversial (now closed) Times Square nightclub Circle NYC, which was fined more than $20,000 three years ago for racial and ethnic discrimination.

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