After its space was consumed in a tragic fire back in May, we hadn't heard much from Chez Spencer. But it turns out chef-owner Laurent Katgely has been hard at work that whole time: he announced to Inside Scoop today that the restaurant will be moving, taking over the former Suika space next to Ken Ken Ramen on 18th Street. The new Chez Spencer will be much smaller than the original, with only 30 seats; as a result, Katgely is moving it to a prix-fixe format, with diners allowed to select their own three-, five-, or eight-course menus from a list of ten dishes. Katgely also plans to offer a takeout counter in the front, which will share the name of his food truck: Spencer on the Go.
Sadly, the old Chez Spencer building (which once also housed Citizen Cake) is now gone forever: the space sustained a level of damage so severe that it'll have to be torn down. Katgely says he may consider opening another restaurant in the new space once it's rebuilt, but that could take years, and he's more concerned about getting this one up and running. He hopes to open Chez Spencer 2.0 at the end of November.