As we reported a few months ago, Corey Lee, chef-owner of Benu, is opening a new restaurant called Monsieur Benjamin on the ground floor of the new 300 Ivy project. He was recently named a James Beard finalist as Best Chef (West) for his work at Benu and will be joined in his new venture with chef Jason Berthold (formerly of RN74, The French Laundry and Per Se), who will be heading things up in the kitchen.
Why Monsieur Benjamin? Is Benjamin named after someone specifically?
There's the obvious reference to Benjamin Franklin, which is appropriate because he was the first American ambassador to France, and there is also the use of the name Benjamin in French—an endearing nickname given to the youngest in the family. But who was that Monsieur Benjamin in Paris? I don't know.
Monsieur Benjamin is expected to open on the ground floor of 300 Ivy in the next few months. As soon as we learn the exact date, we'll let you know, so stay tuned.