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The Hump is kaput


Well The Hump is no more.

  1. Because of the whole "serving illegal whale meat" thing?

        1. Too bad. With the exception of serving endangered species they made a lot of nice food there. They were bringing in a lot more exciting ingredients than even Urasawa does. I guess they went one step too far.


          Urasawa Restaurant
          218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

          1. Wasn't the city of Santa Monica going to shut it down anyway? It's on city owned property.
            So this is just a PR thing, not a real "punishment".

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            1. re: David W

              I was thinking the same. After reading their statement on the website, I'm thinking, "High road my a$$ - they were gonna get shut down anyway. Once all of the evidence has been verified, the City of SM wouldn't tolerate this."

              They've been banished from the food scene in their present form - they know this with or without the City shutting them down. They will probably disappear for a while then reappear some where else under some other guise if the principals don't spend time in the pen (doubtful since they seemed to have pleaded guilty as charged). And when they do, and if word leaks out to the same or similar advocate groups, I'd expect the picketing lines to form.

              1. re: bulavinaka

                call me cynical, but when i read something like this:
                <<The Owner of The Hump also will be taking additional action to save endangered species.

                One such action will be to make a substantial contribution to one or more responsible organizations dedicated to the preservation of whales and other endangered species.>>

                i feel like i'm being bamboozled. to which organization(s) will they be contributing? how much, EXACTLY, will they be contributing? why hasn't it already been done? why would they post this vague stuff BEFORE actually doing anything?

                i'm not a fan of PR that is backed up by NOTHING.

                1. re: westsidegal

                  Yeah I LOL'd when I read the beginning of that statement:

                  "The Hump hopes that by closing its doors, it will help bring awareness to the detrimental effect that illegal whaling has on the preservation of our ocean ecosystems and species."

                  Last week, whale omakase; this week, close restaurant to raise awareness about whaling. That's quite a turnaround.

              2. re: David W

                It might be an attempt to avoid the ripple effect from engulfing their downstairs restaurant, Typhoon, as well. Or, to borrow Marty Feldman's classic line from "Young Frankenstein":

                "What Hump?"

              3. I'm pretty ambivalent with the whale and horse meat thing. I'm more grossed out by the fact that a sushi chef went and got it from his car in the middle of service.

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                1. re: SauceSupreme

                  Agreed. My girlfriend and I had the same observation. I guess those quick smoking breaks Yama took had more than one purpose.

                  BRIAN and YAMA -- come to New York !!

                2. While the fact that a restaurant is closed is on topic for Chowhound, the reasons why are not on a regional board. There's a thread on the Food Media and New board about the reasons for The Hump closing at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/693378

                  With that in mind, we're going to lock this now.