I had heard it from someone who generally follows the culinary grapevine but it was only something heard in passing. Hounds tend to get the scoop - like the early drumbeats about Evolution going south etc.
Pretty much official. I never liked the place. It seemed too precious for its own good. Social in L.A. changed concepts. Michy B dropped out and they added a resurrected Citrus into the space. No big loss.