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Dominique Crenn Parts Ways With Antoinette, Her Restaurant at the Claremont Club and Spa [UPDATED]

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It was a short-lived relationship

Patricia Chang

As of now, Dominique Crenn is no longer affiliated with Antoinette, the restaurant she curated at the Claremont Club and Spa.

The restaurant, which opened in early February, was an effort by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts (the group that recently purchased the 100-year-old hotel) to elevate and modernize the property after the completion of a multi-million dollar renovation. And though the restaurant was Crenn's vision, it was ultimately owned and operated by the hotel group. The concept was intended to be "elegant, but casual," in the style of a French brasserie, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

A statement from Fairmont Hotels and Resorts:

Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel and Crenn Dining Group have mutually agreed to end their partnership. As a result, Antoinette will close temporarily on April 6, 2016. Breakfast, lunch and dinner service will begin in Meritage until further notice. Thank you for your attention, and we hope to have the honor and pleasure of welcoming you back in a few short weeks.

A recent Instagram post from Crenn (below) titled "Know When It Is OK to Quit" proved portentous, as the two parties parted way this week. As for Crenn's team, no official word on next moves for the restaurant's chef, Justin Mauz (Joel Robuchon at the Mansion). When reached for comment, Crenn said that she "wished them [the restaurant and hotel] the best."

UPDATE 3/31: A representative for Fairmont Hotels and Resorts confirms that Antoinette will retain its name, as well as the general concept of a French brasserie, though the menu will change. The anticipated relaunch will happen in just a few weeks; stay tuned for more.


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