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Jul 10, 2013 12:55 PM

Corton -- Closed for the month of July

I hope Corton re-opens. I've had three dinners, and all were excellent. Some people are speculating (on Eater) that the restaurant may not re-open. No availability on OpenTable even for the beginning of August.

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  1. Saw that. Was just gearing up to make a reservation there for late Aug. I kept passing it over but finally wanted to go.
    What would cause it to close? Not economically viable anymore? Shifting focus to the Elm? Hear recently Corton went back to Paul just doing "too much."

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    1. re: Heeney

      I was thinking of a return visit too especially since the longer tasting menu sounded wonderful.

      1. re: Heeney

        Every time I was there the food looked beautiful but the flavors didn't mesh. Never going back there.

        1. re: foodwhisperer

          Agreed. I dined there this past March and was completely underwhelmed by the flavors that were delievered in the longer tasting menu. Some were downright attrocious (I don't think potato ice cream will ever be a good idea). The plating and presentation were major, though. My memories are foggy at best. Nothing really popped or wowed.

      2. I've heard the break is so that he can focus on The Elm for their first month, get it up and running, and take a little break while he re-tools the Corton menu.

        Now, granted, lots of chefs open second places without temporarily closing their flagships (Dufresne with Alder, eg) but Liebrandt is such a perfectionist that I can see him not wanting to split his focus / fully trust a second-in-command, at least during the opening month.

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        1. re: sgordon

          If you check OpenTable now it looks like Corton isn't even available. Not a good sign for a re-open.

        2. Saw that too. I wanted to go back to try their new menu last week but it was closed. Hope it will reopen soon! And looking forward to the Elm as well!

            1. re: PorkyBelly

              What a shame! Thanks for the link to the article.