Room at the Bedford Post Inn

According to Page Six, Richard Gere’s Bedford Post Inn is on the cusp of falling apart. After losing Chris Tunnah, general manager of the Farmhouse restaurant, last year, they said bye bye to Chris Broburg, who’s now pastry chef for The Four Seasons. The latest to jump ship is executive chef Brian Lewis. The Post speculates that Bedford resident Martha Stewart might be a candidate for take over, but the one-woman powerhouse denies any interest. After the jump, Bedford residents and neighbors of the Inn who could also serve as fitting proprietors.

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Ralph Lauren Since opening his second Ralph Lauren Restaurant, Ralph’s, serving all things American in Paris, Lauren can officially add ‘restauranteur’ to his CV. Ralph’s has been tremendously popular among the hip set in Saint-Germain-des-Prés and table reservations are a rarity. Perhaps BPI could use a little Ralph know-how to get things kicking again. Or maybe just a consult with Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group (Ralph went this route for his new Parisian outpost).

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Bill and Hillary Clinton The Clintons are rumored to be moving to Bedford Hills, and Bill’s gonna need a hangout and home-away-from home in town for poker playing and cigar smoking. The rustic decor of the BPI has a masculine touch, and hey, Bill kind of resembles Richard Gere with his gray hair and boyish charm.

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Tom Florio The senior vice president left Conde Nast to pursue other opportunities…but has yet to announce what these ‘opportunities’ entail. Maybe something local?

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Chevy Chase The ex-SNL star and longtime Bedford resident has recently gone primetime on NBC’s Community alongside E! funnyman Joel McHale, and he worked as a waiter while struggling to cut it in showbiz. He’s got popularity and experience going for him.

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Glenn Close With the future of FX fan favorite Damages uncertain, who knows, Close may be looking for a side gig.

Ralph’s: The Place to Be Seen in Paris

There’s no shortage of impossible-to-score tables in Paris’s trendiest restaurants this week, but at dinner last night at the new Ralph Lauren restaurant, fittingly called Ralph’s, I realized there was no better place to have a table. Ralph’s new American-style bistro is located in a garden in the middle of his new massive Paris flagship store in St. Germain (one of the many exquisite rooms inside the Ralph Lauren boutique in St. Germain is above). The atmosphere—and the wait staff—is something to behold, and the food is delicious and satisfying in a way you don’t usually associate with fashion week (think: comfort food). And while you might be feeling guilty about eating American fare in Paris, the menu beats any down-home spot on our side of the Atlantic. The crabcake and the burger were outstanding—and I eat a lot of burgers back home.

The French are surprisingly into it too. The place was packed. I even met the mayor of Palm Beach, who is in town with a gaggle of glamorous grand dames for a ladies weekend.

Make sure to get there before dinner for some serious shopping, too—this magnificent 6-floor, former-Dutch embassy houses all the Ralph labels under one roof. Check out the double RL store on the top level for a dose of American style in Paris. Dinner in the garden at Ralph’s looked like something out of a Renoir painting.

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