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Thomas Keller's PR Says No-Go on The French Laundry Malibu

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Merrill Shindler over at Zagat reports on a crazyyyyy RUMOR that Sir Thomas Keller, a chef who needs no introduction, might open The French Laundry in Malibu. WHAT?!?!

As the story goes, Nobu Malibu is moving into the former Windsail space south of the Malibu Pier, and originally Wolfgang Puck had considered the sister property, PierView. Tom Kaplan, senior managing partner of the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group, claims the Puck deal never came to fruition, which brings us back to the aforementioned rumor. That Keller is considering? opening? a second branch of his internationally acclaimed fine dining experience, dubbed the "Best Restaurant in the World" by Restaurant Magazine, in that Malibu location. Sadly though, here's the official word from Keller's PR: "I’m sorry to say that we have no current plans for expansion in the Malibu area." So, there it is. But the question remains. Who IS taking over PierView? Tips welcome down below.
·Wolfgang Puck Not Taking Old Nobu Malibu Space: So Who Is? [Zagat]

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