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Exotic Naples elegance: New Fifth Avenue South game-changing restaurant sets November opening

Diana Biederman | Naples Daily News

As if Fifth Avenue South couldn’t get any more fun, it will with the newest outpost of Le Colonial.

As a (very minor and junior) member of the PR firm that helped open the original restaurant in 1993 on East 57th Street in Manhattan, my first impression was that of a glamourous movie set from a bygone era.

The space was exotic and seductive, with banana trees and lush potted palms evoking laid-back elegance.

The concept: Fine-dining French-Vietnamese cuisine nestled in a lush setting evoking the romance and soft architecture of Saigon in the 1920s. The restaurant quickly developed a loyal clientele that remained devoted until its 2019 closing.

It was among the first restaurants anywhere to make lounge dining a haute trend with comfortable, luxe furnishings paired with elegant and delicious small-plate options.

But don’t just take my word for it.

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