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February 13, 2007

TT: Speak now

Iíve written about Le Madeleine many times, both on this blog and in my Washington Post arts column. Itís my favorite theater-district bistro, a friendly, comfortable place where you can get an excellent meal without spending yourself into bankruptcy. Itís also the home away from home of the great jazz guitarist Gene Bertoncini, who can be heard in its main dining room most Sunday and Monday nights, playing solo and with whatever friends happen to drop by.

I canít imagine Manhattan without Le Madeleineóbut it seems I may have to. According to the management:

Le Madeleine has been in this location at 403 W. 43rd St. for 27 years, and, as of Jan 1, 2007, we will have 3 years left on our lease with an option to renew for another 8 years. But, we've received an EVICTION NOTICE from our landlord stating that he wants to DEMOLISH THIS BUILDING.

We don't believe that our landlord has the legal right to demolish our restaurant, and we're fighting this in court with everything we haveÖ.

Iím no lawyer, but Iíd hate to lose Le Madeleine, and so would the other 2,144 people whoíve signed an online petition urging Mark Scharfman, the restaurantís landlord, to think twice about tearing it down. To sign the petition, or to learn more about Le Madeleineís increasingly urgent plight, go here.

Posted February 13, 2007 12:00 PM

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