Maison Boulud will officially launch in September in Beijing’s Legation Quarter complex adjacent to Tienanmen Square, but will be available for private events during a July to August pre-opening period, timed to coincide with the Olympics which run from 8 to 24 August.
The 120 cover restaurant, located in the main building of the formerly walled US Embassy compound, will feature a classic French menu and an “American/eclectic” menu using local and Asian ingredients.
Executive chef Brian Reimer and General Manager Ignace Lecleir will both transfer from the two Michelin starred Daniel NYC but the restaurant will be in the style of Boulud more casual New York restaurant Cafe Boulud.
Paris based designers Gilles & Boissier whose previous work includes the Gramercy Hotel in New York have created the interiors for the two story venue that will also include a bar, lounge and several private dining rooms.
Boulud and his restaurant management company The Dinex Group will also take over two restaurants in Vancouver this autumn. Lumiere - formerly the home of local celebrity chef Rob Feenie - will be refurbished but continue as a French-Canadian fine dining restaurant under current executive chef Dale Mackay. The next door Feenie’s casual diner will be converted into a DB Bistro Moderne.
Feenie left Lumiere in November 2007, claiming he had been forced out by business partners David and Manjy Sidoo who he said had breached his employment contract.