Is Adour Chef Tony Esnault Out?


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Gita Sweeney, left, Tony Esnault, center, and Sebastien Rondier, right, living large in better days.Photo: Melissa Hom

We thought it was odd that Adour, Alain Ducasses ambitious bid for the hearts of New Yorkers, would close for the entire second half of August. But now two industry sources tell us that chef Tony Esnault is leaving, and may have been fired by Ducasse. Strangely, given the savage criticism that sister restaurant Benoit received, its chef, Sebastien Rondier, is said to be safe. The problems with Tony were personal ones, says one source. The restaurant wasnt doing well and people arent happy there. Part of what happened at Benoit had to do with management, including Tony. No word yet on who Esnaults replacement will be. Ducasses spokespeople were quick to deny Esnault's departure.

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