My cell phone rang while I was fumbling around with my credit card paying for a Greek salad at lunch today. It was Andrew Weissmann, chef/ower of Le Reve in San Antonio. “Are you sitting down?” he said. The only acceptable answer to that question is, “I am now.” “Well,” he said, “I’m closing Le Reve.” Bombshell! For those of you who haven’t read the lavish praise in the New York Times and Gourmet (and Texas Monthly, mais oui) over the last decade-plus, Le Reve is the best French restaurant in Texas. Period. No arguing. No ifs, ands, or buts. “I’ve got an opportunity to go to the next level,” said Weissman. Meaning that he’s starting a Texas restaurant empire. (He already has a brand-new Italian restaurant named Il Sogno, the Sandbar Fish House and Seafood Market, and a coffee shop called Sip.) Il Sogno is located in the happening new Pearl Brewery development on Broadway, and soon Sandbar will be moved there, too, from downtown. (by the way, Pearl is the baby of San Antonio power broker Kit Goldsbury, a good man to know.) Weissman has been in the kitchen at Le Reve, personally cooking (not just making the occasional cameo appearance), the entire eleven years it has been open. “That has pretty much kept me from doing anything else,” he said. But if he frees himself up from that responsibility, he can use his time to open–perhaps–a Spanish restaurant. Then who knows what else. Weissman is forty, so it’s a perfect time for him to make a move. What does that mean? For one, it means all of us better make a reservation NOW to get in on the final month of Le Reve (the closing is scheduled to happen between October 25 and November 1, the exact date undetermined). Au revoir, Le Reve. Bonne chance, Andrew.
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