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Popular Laguna Beach Creole restaurant Roux closes after executive chef resigns

Popular Laguna Beach Creole restaurant Roux closes after executive chef resigns
Roux Creole Cuisine’s executive chef Norm Theard, pictured in August, has resigned, which caused the Laguna Beach restaurant to close. (File photo)

Roux Creole Cuisine in Laguna Beach has closed.

The shuttering last month for the restaurant at 860 Glenneyre St. was reportedly precipitated by the resignation of its executive chef, Norm Theard.

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According to a report from Stu News Laguna — which was re-posted on Roux's website — Theard left after having difficulties with the owner, Michael Byrne.

Byrne plans to re-open the location with another restaurant concept, Stu News reported.

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Roux had a short run. The restaurant opened in August and soon achieved a five-star Yelp rating from customers.

Roux replaced Cafe Zoolu, which had a 24-year run before Michael and Toni Leech, the husband-and-wife owners, decided to retire in 2016.

Roux's building is a 1939 cottage that had been renovated for Roux so patrons would walk inside and feel like they were going into a friend's house for dinner.

Theard came to Roux with more than 20 years in the food world that included being executive chef of Sheraton Hotels & Resorts in Culver City and running Creole Chef restaurant in Los Angeles.

The 1939 cottage that housed the Roux Creole Cuisine restaurant in Laguna Beach was renovated before its opening in August. Roux closed in January.
The 1939 cottage that housed the Roux Creole Cuisine restaurant in Laguna Beach was renovated before its opening in August. Roux closed in January. (File photo)

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