In preparation for the 20th anniversary, the French Laundry kitchen experienced a complete remodel, since the tiny space had not been touched in two decades. Chef Keller, who no longer handles the day-to-day activity in the kitchen, expressed his tinge of sadness: "I'm challenged emotionally, because I'm tearing down the last kitchen I ever worked in, but I have to do it to give this restaurant what it needs for the next 20 years. Otherwise it's going to be stagnant." In addition to this project, the chef and his restaurant group plan to open an ice cream shop called Bouchon Creamery in Yountville.
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