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Le Colonial
San Francisco, 1998

 

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A third restaurant of it’s kind, Le Colonial was already highly successful in Los Angeles and Chicago. With a scheme of colonial Vietnam behind its look and exquisite cuisine, this was a place of controversy and at the time curiosity. The concept of revoking old colonial days may have seemed somewhat inappropriate, combined with the appropriate food it was once again: Theater!
The restaurant had a large array of mouth-watering dishes and was also well known for it’s highly overpriced drinks. Located in the well-forgotten original building of Trader Vic's in downtown San Francisco, the restaurant acquired a new entrance through the back, glass covered roof over the long veranda, old Chinese style red ceiling tiles, warm wood floors, and a general atmosphere of mystery. An instant hit with the locals, it might still be impossible to get a seat on a Friday night.