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It’s no longer possible to make reservations at Restaurant Gia.

The modern cafe in Fort Greene closed on Jan. 1, but the fans of Ian Grant (pictured in 2003), Gia’s owner and chef, will be delighted to learn that he is now concentrating on A La Carte Catering and Event Services.

Housed in the same two-level space as Gia, the full-service catering and party planning operation specializes in upscale fare for corporate and residential clients, including on- and off-site wedding receptions.

"The restaurant was doing well," says Grant, "but we were ready for a change. The catering side of the business was taking off, so it made sense to concentrate on that." Grant, who cooked in the kitchens of DUMBO’s The River Cafe and Manhattan’s Jean-Georges and Bouley, offers a full range of dishes "prepared in the French technique and influenced by Asian ingredients," he says.

The ivy-covered brownstone, furnished in the contemporary style of French designer Christian Liaigre, is available for private events. Its two rooms with dark wood floors, shelves of art books and long limestone bar make an elegant setting for up to 150 people. Off-premise catering is available, too.

A La Carte Catering and Event Services (68 Lafayette St. between South Portland and South Elliott streets in Fort Greene) accepts American Express, MasterCard and Visa. The catering service is open from 9 am to 8 pm, Monday through Saturday, and Sundays from 10:30 am to 3 pm. For more information on services and pricing, call (718) 246-0139.

The Manhattan location of A La Carte is 1 West St., Suite 100. For information, call (646) 274-1409.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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