I read in the fascinating Nation's Restaurant News that Josie LeBalch will be turning day-to-day operations of Josie over to chef de cuisine Jill Davie in order to develop a "new concept yet to be devised." It sounds like she doesn't have a location or concept firmed up yet, though. The article, no longer available on the website, also talks about David Lentz and Suzanne Goin's new Hungry Cat at Sunset & Vine, which sounds like a very promising addition to Hollywood, Wolfgang's Puck first steakhouse at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and Michael Cimarusti's Providence, opening this fall.
I haven't had a chance to try Silver Lake's new Cliff's Edge yet, but I ducked in for a look yesterday. The garden is beautiful and the former girl's town bar -- where I first watched "Pink Flamingos" in about 1984 -- has been tastefully redone with an Asian feel. It's definitely about the outdoors at this spot, which has an Asian-meets-Mediterranean menu, as far as I could tell. Hard to say if sea urchin crostini (baguette topped with sea urchin and seaweed) will catch on, but it sure looks like a nice place for drinks. The manager, Pierre Casanova, was formerly at Les Deux Cafes and Little Door...this place looks poised to instantly become Little Door east, hopefully with less attitude than his previous venues.
3626 Sunset Blvd.
phone (323) 666-6116