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Bistro K - Pushing opening back 1 week - need advice

akofner May 4, 2007 01:58 PM

Hey all...long time reader, first time poster

We had reservations for tomorrow night (before we heard about the changing of the guard) but just got a call from the chef that they're pushing back the reopening till next week.

We were taking my father-in-law out for his 60th. Anyone have another rec? He's coming from NYC so we wanted something nice that he couldn't necessarily find back East. We live on the west side but locations isn't a concern.

Plus, the BYOB aspect of Bistro K was a plus since he's a bit of wine expert and usually visits with a view bottles.

Thanks for any advice.

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  1. CarlieInLA RE: akofner May 4, 2007 02:10 PM

    Here is a post that should help you for BYOB places. We ended up at Bistro K, too bad you won't be able to go.


    1. chica RE: akofner May 4, 2007 07:53 PM

      Of this list above, I would suggest either Providence on Monday or LaCachette on Sunday.

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        rickym13 RE: akofner May 4, 2007 10:55 PM

        so is it still going to be called "bistro K" under different owner/chef?

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          Iateitup RE: rickym13 May 5, 2007 08:15 AM

          AAaaack, Noooooooooooo! I've been meaning to try their duck heart cassoulet for a long time, please tell me everything is staying the same!

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            mocro RE: Iateitup May 5, 2007 11:43 AM

            I have a comment on another Bistro K thread that we have reservations for the 19th. Got a call this week from the new owner/chef Andre confirming our reservation. He told me his approach was more "classic" French and his prices "a bit more reasonable." I forgot to ask about bringing wine/corkage as that's a big attraction for us to Bistro K as well, but I assume he couldn't turn around a liquor license that fast. The fact opening delayed a week is news to me so I'll be interested to see what chowies feel about the new restaurant before our dinner on the 19th. Someone said Laurent is opening a new place, but no details on that as yet.

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              carter RE: mocro May 5, 2007 04:10 PM

              Among the many reasons Laurent left was the lack of two bathrooms and the ability to obtain a beer and wine license, as well as a VERY tiny kitchen. The story has it that downtown LA is probably the marketplace of choice.
              He used to have a place on 7th Street in the Fine Arts building many years ago, so for him it might be a return to the hood where his reputation really blossomed.

        2. Emme RE: akofner May 5, 2007 08:09 PM

          How about Josie... no corkage on Mondays...

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            risottoman RE: Emme May 5, 2007 10:13 PM

            awww I'm so sad that Bistro K will change before I have the chance to eat there.
            I loved Laurent's approach to bistro fare (especially the weirdo meats...)

            I bet not having the beer and wine license killed him, as well as the poor location.
            He should move to Eagle Rock!

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