Jake Gyllenhaal to follow in Richard Gere’s restaurateuring footsteps

Celebrity restaurants are nothing new. But celebrity organic restaurants, now they’re all the rage. tjndc5-5b5eietogkwywerpezi_layout.jpgNow that Pound Ridge’s Richard Gere’s has unveiled phase one of his Bedford Post dining destination, and Sandra Bullock showed Oprah biodegradable utensils and sugar-cane take-out containers at her restaurant (Austin’s Bess Bistro), it looks like Jake Gyllenhaal is ready to get on the organic express, too. According to Ecorazzi (hey, clever name!), the 27-year-old is teaming with chef Chris Fischer, a childhood friend, to open their own place in L.A. Also, the story adds that Gyllenhaal might be planning a cycling trip to Tuscany with girlfriend Reese Witherspoon to help develop ideas for the menu.

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Good fences make good neighbors … unless those neighbors include Richard Gere

Pound Ridge resident Richard Gere’s plan to open a dynamic duo of upscale restaurants in Bedford appeared to be cruising along. Restaurant No. 1, Barn at the Bedford Post, launched earlier this year and, as I gushed on RNN a couple weeks ago, it’s phenomenal — creative dishes, cozy horse-country ambiance, locally-grown ingredients. Which is to say, not your typical celebrity-restaurant ploy. (See the menu, which I scanned for my colleague Liz Johnson’s blog, here.)

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Then on Monday the Daily News broke the story that phase two — the larger, more upscale, main Bedford Post restaurant — had hit a snag: The town of Beford said that Gere had erected a 180-foot-long, 5-foot-high cedar fence that was a foot taller than local ordinances permit. Hazel Nourse, head of Bedford’s zoning board, told the DN, “It’s a lovely building, but the fence sticks out like a sore thumb.”

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