October 9, 2009

October 9, 2009
I heard ~AQUA~ threw a nice party in honor of restaurant director Jean-Claude Persais, who has left the floor at Aqua after 14-plus years of service. He wants to spend more time with his family, who is based in LA. He is starting his own consulting company and will continue to act as a consultant for Aqua; he also remains a partner at Café de la Presse, so you will still see him around. Aqua's general manager Karim Guedouard will continue to oversee the restaurant (he has been there since 2005). 252 California St. at Battery, 415-956-9662.
Was sorry to hear ~CAFE MAJESTIC~ abruptly closed last Tuesday. I spoke with publicist Susie Biehler, who said the Butterfly Bar and historic Hotel Majestic will remain open, and the kitchen will quite possibly continue to turn out lighter fare for the bar patrons. No word on what's next for chef Louis Maldonado, but he does have a new baby he's going to be able to see more of until he starts his next gig, stand by. 1500 Sutter St. at Gough.