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A new French restaurant at Boylston and Tremont?

Ed Kane in his restaurant Empire.
Ed Kane in his restaurant Empire. David L Ryan/Globe Staff/ file 2014/Globe Staff

Restaurateur E d Kane met with the Downtown Boston Residents’ Association on Monday night to talk about his plan to open a French restaurant inside the Masonic Temple at Boylston and Tremont streets.

Kane tells us the place would be called Explorateur. “It is our interpretation of a community focused, all-day-dining, European cafe-bakery, bar and restaurant,” he said, of the plan, via e-mail. Kane’s other ventures with his Big Night Entertainment Group include Red Lantern, Gem, and Empire. Kane plans to open the restaurant in spring 2017.

Rishi Shukla, of the Residents’ Association, said his group is supportive of the venture.

“In addition to activating an important corner of Downtown it promises to offer residents and visitors alike an exceptional culinary and social experience,” he said.