A once popular French restaurant on Wukang Lu has had its operations suspended over lack of licenses. The restaurant used to be called Franck Bistrot, named after its founder, (formerly) successful entrepreneur Franck Pécol. But was rebranded earlier this year after another one of Pecol’s ventures was felled by scandal.
Back in March, Shanghai health inspectors discovered, thanks to the help of an ex-employee whistleblower, that the popular Farine bakery chain, which Pécol also founded, was using expired flour, resulting in its shops being closed down and some staff members being arrested.
While Farine has likely been shuttered for good, the Franck Bistrot attempted to open again in May, but under a new name, Bistrot de Tradition, noticeably erasing any mention of Franck Pécol. Shine.cn reports the new manager of the restaurant said that, in fact, Pecol no longer has any link with the restaurant, which is open only to a small number of “friends” during the evening as it plans for a full relaunch.
However, the restaurant’s new management has now also fallen victim to troublesome health and safety regulations after the Xuhui District Market Supervision and Management Bureau discovered that their catering permit expired on August 4th. Authorities have ordered the restaurant closed until it receives a valid permit.
When Farine employees were being rounded up and arrested back in March, Pécol was back in France. He has not been spotted back in Shanghai since then. Meanwhile, Farine’s former production manager, Laurent Fortin, remains in custody in Shanghai. His family has now launched an online campaign hoping to secure his freedom.
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