Bistro Le Coq au Vin Dr. Phillips is Closed

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le coq logoThis doesn’t really qualify as breaking news, but Bistro Le Coq au Vin Dr. Phillips is closed. Reimund Pitz, the chef and owner of the estimable Coq au Vin south of downtown Orlando, said that it has been closed for “about three weeks.” Pitz cited a difference of opinion with some partners in the operation and decided to take his name off of the restaurant.

He also said that the restaurant had received notice that it could not offer live music at its Sunday brunch, which Pitz said was the busiest meal of the week. Another nearby business had complained about the noise, he said.

There was also an issue with the liquor license. The new restaurant had taken over from Bistro CloClo, which was also a French themed restaurant, and assumed that business’s liquor license. But when Bistro Le Coq’s owners went to put the license in their own names, they discovered that it was just a temporary license. Not only that, but the space did not have enough seats to qualify for a full liquor license. (There are different levels and licenses and varying qualifications, but generally, a restaurant needs to have a minimum of 150 seats to get a license to serve full liquor. That’s why so many smaller restaurants offer only beer and wine.)

Pitz said that the loss of entertainment at brunch resulted in a reduction in the number of guests, and the loss of the full liquor license meant less revenue, too.

Bistro Le Coq au Vin Dr. Phillips took over from Bistro CloClo in August and changed the name October 1. CloClo had been opened just over a year. According to mall management, several businesses have expressed an interest in the space.

Next door to the restaurant, construction continues on Barcelona, a wine bar expected to open in the next few months. Among other things, the new business plans on offering live entertainment, so this should be interesting.

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