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Thomas Keller needs no introduction. An American mega-chef, he is as renowned for his culinary skills as he is for his ability to establish a restaurant that is relaxed, yet exciting.

Once upon a time, a young chef, still reeling from a failed restaurant in New York City, found himself in beautiful Yountville, Calif., among the vineyards of Napa Valley. He found a building that had once been a brothel, and then a French steam laundry, but was now a restaurant owned by the local mayor and his wife. Over the next two years this chef, Thomas Keller, raised more than $1 million, and in 1994 his new restaurant, aptly called the French Laundry, opened its doors.

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Thomas Keller: Thanks. Good talking to you.

The esteemed and exacting Thomas Keller, of and California's renowned French Laundry, is in the mega , currently in the works on the West Side. For now, he tells the only that it will be a "classic American" restaurant, but gives no indication of what the price point or the style will be.