Papillote As We Have Known It…

It was a week ago yesterday. Jack came home with dinner for us. He looked distraught, sad, quite unlike himself. I asked what was the matter. He looked at me. “Papillote as we have known it will soon be gone,” he said. I stared at him. That’s impossible, I said. They just celebrated their fourth anniversary in Savannah. They’re doing a fabulous business. How could they be closing?
They have sold the business. They are leaving Savannah. But you must promise to say not a word, don’t even think of publishing anything about it, until after they are gone. I promised Herve, he said, that I would keep it a secret.
And so I did….until today, when I discovered that it’s all over Twitter. All I can say now is that I’m as heartbroken as Jack.
I take comfort, however, in the certainty that Chef Herve would not sell his small creation to anyone unless he believed that they would maintain the standards that he set for excellence. According to Chef Herve, the new owners intend to keep the same menu, perhaps adding a few new dishes of their own. Tomorrow will be the last day for Papillote under the auspices of Chef Herve and his partner Ann-Marie. Sunday, they will be closed for the transition. The new owners will re-open next week, probably Tues. or Wed. I wish them well.

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