Underneath Mr. Briguet, Le Périgord grew to become a household affair. His spouse labored with him there, as did their son Christopher, who was a supervisor for 30 years. Ms. Le Gall, too, labored on the restaurant, for 10 years, together with Eric, Jean-Luc, who’s an architect, and a grandson.
“You need to love what you do,” Mr. Briguet advised Crain’s New York Enterprise in 2004. “That is my life.”
Le Périgord, at 405 East 52nd, on a dead-end part of the road simply east of First Avenue, was opened in 1962 as La Provence by a German chef. It was quickly taken over by Ferdinand Desbans, who was from the Périgord area of France and who had been chef to the grandfather of Prince Rainier of Monaco.
Mr. Briguet and a enterprise associate, Willy Krause, purchased the restaurant in 1964, however didn’t cease there. In 1969 they opened Le Périgord Park, a sister restaurant at Park Avenue and East 63rd Road; it closed in 1985. With Jean-Louis Missud, they opened La Reserve at Rockefeller Heart in 1983; it closed in 2000.
In 2015, Mr. Briguet pleaded responsible to a federal tax fees and paid the federal government almost $170,000 in restitution after admitting that he had hid revenue in Swiss financial institution accounts. That very same yr, an worker sued the restaurant for unpaid wages in a case that was settled for $90,000.
Two years later, Mr. Briguet failed to succeed in an settlement with the restaurant staff union and closed the restaurant, stowing his 17 tuxedos. By his estimate he had served three million meals there. At present, the house stays vacant.