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L’Espalier chef-owner Frank McClelland, now 62, first came to the restaurant as a young chef de cuisine in 1980. As he prepares to close L’Espalier next week, he says, “I want to go out on top.”

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After 40 years, the Back Bay restaurant L’Espalier is closing

Synonymous with fine dining in Boston, the restaurant helped usher in the farm-to-table movement and introduce the city to a new level of service.

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