Downtown’s brothel-themed fondue spot F. Pigalle may have served its last pot of cheese over the weekend amid a flurry of uncertainty. We received word on Friday night that the Fremont Street restaurant had unexpectedly closed its doors. When we dropped by after Saturday’s Joan Jett concert, however, the place was full of customers. But upon further inquiry, an employee who appeared to be a manager, accompanied by a security guard, informed me that they were in the process of clearing out the final customers and would not be re-opening.
When asked about a reason for the closing, the employee said the owners had decided to go in different directions. F. Pigalle was a collaboration between chef Sam Marvin of Echo & Rig and LEV Restaurant Group’s Jeffrey Fine.
I was told Marvin was out of town, but would be back on Sunday. The restaurant’s former publicists replied to inquiries saying they no longer represent the restaurant, directing us to Marvin. But repeated attempts to reach Marvin by phone and email were unsuccessful, and he failed to return messages.
On Monday an employee who answered the phone would only say that the restaurant was “closed until further notice.” At noon, the F. Pigalle Facebook page was updated with the following cryptic, yet encouraging message: “Excuse us as we transform into an exciting new bar for Downtown.”