Gérard Depardieu sells his Parisian restaurant and puts blast and grand cru at auction

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The comedian amateur of good food would also have put on sale food shops which he owns in the capital.

French comedian Gérard Depardieu sold his Parisian restaurant in June La Fontaine Gaillon and decided to auction the entire contents of the establishment, from the cellar to the stove, on July 11th, according to the auction house Ader. "He went around the adventure"said a relative to AFP.

Noted 13/20 with two toques by the guide Gault and Millau, the brigade of La Fontaine Gaillon, a stone's throw from the former Paris Stock Exchange, was headed by chef Pascal Lognon-Duval.

"Ultra-resistant alloy traditions journals without denaturation, and know-how firmly established, the compositions hold good memories", estimated the gastronomic guide, highlighting a lunch menu at 55 euros (from 90 euros in the evening).

"Carpaccio of bar and mustard shoots", "Salmon steak and spinach fondue and sorrel sauce", "Beautiful grilled Angus steak and crushed potatoes with condiments"…: the last dishes à la carte, according to the taste of the most gourmet French actors, were served at the end of June and the restaurant closed in the utmost discretion.

Gérard Depardieu, 70, entrusted the auction house Ader with the dispersal of the equipment and the cellar of the establishment housed in a 17th century mansion, near the Opéra and theaters district. Dishes, tables, armchairs and chairs in red velvet, dessert, chandeliers, tablecloths, kitchen equipment and fine wines: in all, 250 lots will be scattered on site on July 11, at 10:00.

On the cellar side, dozens of Château Latour, Haut-Brion, Saint Emilion, Côte-Rôtie and Meursault are estimated up to 6,000 euros per bottle. "The auctions of the furniture of big hotels and starred restaurants always attract a lot of public: amateurs come to acquire a memory of a mythical address, professionals wishing to renew their equipments or simple curious", underlined Masters David Nordmann and Xavier Dominique, in charge of the auctions.

Gérard Depardieu inaugurated in 2003 La Fontaine Gaillon in the presence of many personalities including Johnny Hallyday. At launch, the actor was the majority shareholder. The rest of the capital was divided between Carole Bouquet, his companion then, the Bordeaux winegrower Bernard Magrez and the first head of La Fontaine Gaillon, Laurent Audiot.

Enthusiastic of good food and fine wines, the actor, owner or shareholder of several wineries, has also invested in several Parisian delicatessens he is selling, including a fish shop and a delicatessen rue du Cherche- Noon, close to his mansion for sale for several years.

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