The shiny new Marina outpost of Café Claude has officially closed its doors, only 18 months after opening. According to Inside Scoop, restaurateur Franck LeClerc temporarily closed the second location of his swanky French bistro in January, with plans to revamp the menu during the restaurant's slow season. However, he soon received some very enticing (and lucrative) offers for the space— so enticing that he's since decided to shutter the restaurant for good.
LeClerc, who started his career as a busser at the original Cafe Claude in Union Square, has steadily built an empire of eateries in San Francisco. In the 15 years since taking ownership of Café Claude, he has opened several French spots, including Claudine, Gitane, and Gaspar Brasserie. But in recent years, his empire has also been marked by plenty of issues, including a revolving door of chefs at Gitane. Nonetheless, LeClerc apparently has another project in the works; details remain TBD for now.