FoodWire: Brasserie by Niche Opens Tonight, Tuesday, 11.17

foodwire1.JPGBrasserie by Niche, the latest restaurant from Gerard Craft of Niche and its still shiny-and-new sibling Taste by Niche, opens for service this evening at 5 p.m. at 4580 Laclede Avenue in the Central West End. As its name implies, Brasserie serves classic French brasserie cuisine, with chef Perry Hendrix -- most recently of North Carolina, he worked with Craft in Salt Lake City -- in charge of the kitchen. Buzz from last week's invitation-only soft opening has been pretty strong, so don't be surprised to encounter a crowd.

Brasserie takes over the space formerly occupied by Chez Leon. According to the inimitable Jerry Berger, owner Leon Birnbaum plans to reopen Chez Leon at 7927 Forsyth Boulevard, last occupied by Bistro Alexander.

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