Le Francais closes

WHEELING Ill. Le Francais, perhaps the most famous French restaurant in the Chicago area for more than three decades, has closed.

Current owner Michael Moran could not be reached for comment, but it was widely known that business had slowed in recent years for the suburban landmark.

The restaurant, which chef Jean Banchet opened in 1973, quickly became a popular destination for fans of classical French cuisine. It won many accolades, including a

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