Under Mr. Briguet, Le Périgord became a family business. His wife worked with him there, as did his son Christopher, who had been his manager for 30 years. Le Galle also worked at the restaurant for 10 years, along with Eric, the architect Jean-Luc, and his grandson.
Bryge told Crain’s New York Business in 2004: “This is my life.”
Le Perigord is located at 405 East 52nd at the end of the street just east of First Avenue and was opened as La Provence in 1962 by a German chef.immediately taken Visited by Ferdinand Devans, who hails from the Perigord region of France and was the grandfather chef of Monaco’s Prince Rainier.
Bryge and business partner Willie Krause bought the restaurant in 1964, but that’s not all. In 1969, Park He opened a sister store, Le Perigord Park, on East 63rd Avenue and East 63rd Street. It closed in 1985. Together with Jean-Louis Missud, they opened La Reserve in Rockefeller Center in 1983. Closed in 2000.
In 2015, after admitting to hiding income in a Swiss bank account, Mr. Bryge pleaded guilty to levying federal taxes and paid the government nearly $170,000 in damages. That same year, an employee sued the restaurant for unpaid wages and settled for $90,000.
Two years later, after failing to reach an agreement with the restaurant union, Bryguet closed the restaurant and put 17 tuxes into storage. By his estimate, he served three million of his meals there. We have vacancies today.