3/13/2013 12:00:00 PM

Is Top Chef All-Star Richard Blais Opening A Restaurant in SF?

Rumors are swirling in the local media that Atlanta-based Top Chef's All-Stars winner Robert Blais (who's currently on the circuit promoting his new cookbook Try This At Home) has plans to open a restaurant in the Bay Area. Tablehopper's Marcia Gagliardi reports that a tipster told her that the celebrity chef, who is responsible for the Flip Burger Boutique chain and The Spence in Atlanta, was both house-hunting and location scouting in the area. When we interviewed the toque recently he told us that he 'has a strong passion" for the West Coast when it came to other places he might expand to. And SF doesn't seem like a total stretch: Blais actually cut his teeth working at several of the Bay Area finest spots including Chez Panisse and The French Laundry. File this one under "developing."

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