Maison Giraud finally, officially opens
Maison Giraud, the long-awaited Pacific Palisades project from chef Alain Giraud, will finally officially open to the public Monday after a series of soft-openings and small parties. Giraud, who has a long history in Southern California fine dining, dating back to his decade as executive chef at Citrus, is going casual this time with a combination neighborhood restaurant and bakery that will be open from breakfast through dinner (including late-afternoon snack, or "gouter").
It's been a long haul getting the restaurant open. Originally, Maison Giraud was supposed to be up and running in May, but issues with permitting delayed the opening several months. "It's like having a baby if your wife is in labor for five days," Giraud says. "You're happy when it's over, but it's mostly relief."
1032 Swarthmore Blvd. Pacific Palisades,(310) 459-7561, www.maison-giraud.com
-- Russ Parsons
Photo: Alain Giraud at the now-closed Anisette. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times