COSTA MESA — Yvan Humbert, who owned Le Biarritz, a onetime popular French restaurant on Old Newport Boulevard in Costa Mesa, is coming out of retirement.
At 74, he's decided to roll the dice and invest in another French restaurant, Maison Maurice on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.
While the verdict is still out as to how well the restaurant will fair, if Humbert's track record is any indication, the restaurant should be successful.
"If you're looking for a special place to dine, we can provide it for you," said Humbert, a French transplant who moved to Costa Mesa in 1976. "We can provide it for you. It's really special. The food is fantastic. I know that Beverly Hills isn't exactly the closest restaurant around, but it will be worth the trip. Trust me."
For 23 years, Humbert owned and operated Le Biarritz before hanging up the chef apron and leasing it to a new restaurant, the Chicken Coop.