I talked to the chef months ago when I was looking into booking the restaurant for my wedding this October and told me it was closing and that he was going back to France. I got the impression he was burned out and wanted to take it easy.
I just called Le Pere Pinard and fortunately they're not closed nor are they closing. They were closed for renovations for a week or so within the past few weeks but they're open again. I'll be there later this week!