Are Le Cirque’s Chef Departure and Wine Auction Bad Omens?

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We knew we could count on Gael Greene to have more news on Christophe Bellancas departure from Le Cirque: Sirio Maccioni says he learned Bellanca was flirting with a backer for his own place and ... [he was] already unhappy with the chefs style of running the kitchen, she reports. Says Maccioni: Hes a good man. Hes French. He takes everything too personal. Hell be fine. Maccioni says Le Cirque will also be fine, but Bret Thorn is a little worried about the fact that the restaurant is auctioning off some prize bottles. He wonders whether theyre fudging the truth when they say theyre just clearing out space in the cellar. Whats going on at Le Cirque? he asks. Is it that strapped for cash? Are its clientele not buying expensive wines anymore because of the economy?

Fire Sale at Le Cirque? [Food Writer's Diary/Nation's Restaurant News]
Short Order [Insatiable Critic]
Earlier: Bellanca Out at Le Cirque