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Bistro de l'Hermitage in Culver City is closed.

gnarlex Aug 5, 2009 02:54 PM

Not surprising, given the opening of Le Saint Amour next door with a relatively similar bistro menu. Some waitstaff from Hermitage seems to be at Saint Amour, too. LSA is a very nice space, w/ high ceilings. Food was solid, not exceptional. Frites were very good.

I didn't have time to read the change of ownership notice in the l'Hermitage window. Does anybody know what's coming?

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    carter RE: gnarlex Aug 5, 2009 08:53 PM

    The restaurant has been sold, the new owners have indicated that the concept will remain the same, yet they should get on with a remodel, as that place really looked tired on July 14 when I dined at le saint amour next door.
    Sebastian Cornic and his wife are the new owners according to the ABC posting notice.
    should be only good news, yet obviously patience will be required.

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      RicRios RE: carter Aug 7, 2009 01:42 PM

      I'll definitely wait.
      The cassoulet served by their neighbor LSA a few days ago, presented as a daily special, was one of the most terrible dishes I've had in a long time.

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      annapurna7 RE: gnarlex Aug 7, 2009 01:29 PM

      I hope the new owners do it justice. I loved this place when it first opened.

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        Cinnamon RE: gnarlex Aug 8, 2009 11:39 AM

        What we overheard at lunch recently here from a party's conversation with the new owner, the first day he took over, was that they were staying French, planning to make a few menu changes, and keeping at least part of the name.

        If they're physically closed, it has to be a temporary thing for site improvements.

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          Cinnamon RE: Cinnamon Aug 8, 2009 10:29 PM

          I can confirm that the place was closed at dinnertime Saturday night, as we passed by.

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            RicRios RE: Cinnamon Aug 9, 2009 09:50 PM

            Yeah, closed it is.
            Funny thing though, Opentable is still taking reservations.

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              Nike RE: RicRios Sep 14, 2009 12:07 PM

              (I just saw there are two separate L'Hermiatge boards so I posted this on both)

              Hello, I just ran into the Pastry Chef at MEET Restaurant which took over the space of L'Hermitage. He used to work at La Dijonaise in Culver City and told me to stop by. I didn't even realize that L'Hermitage had sold. I believe the owner...Joao?...is Brazilian and also had a Brazilian Restaurant on Venice...don't quote me...but I believe it too may be closed...no? I did however make it to the Le Saint Amour a couple weekends ago and had the Duck Confit w/Fries...which was very good. I would go back for sure. Service left something to be desired, but that's to be expected in the beginning.
              1. Anyone know what happened to Joao and 2. Has anyone eaten at MEET?

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                Cinnamon RE: Nike Sep 15, 2009 07:33 AM

                Walked by and noticed Meet has a substantially changed menu - looks interesting though is not at all really based on Hermitage's old menu.

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