Franck LeClerc, the owner of Claude Lane restaurants Gitane, Caf Claude, and Claudine, is expanding his empire outside the alley in 2013 with two new restaurants. The first, as the Scoop reports, will likely be a new French brasserie in the space currently home to Hecho (185 Sutter at Kearny), which is the process of being sold to LeClerc as we speak (escrow closing in February or March, and Hecho remains open for now). The second will be another Caf Claude in the Cow Hollow, which we first reported on in August, and which is still six or more months off. The brasserie does not yet have a name, but LeClerc says he plans to move the bar to the upper level mezzanine, and that he's aiming for the place to be "fun and loud." Look for both to open in mid-2013. [Scoop]
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