Wine Bistro in Studio City closed
After 17 years, the resto closed "suddenly", and the story is...
Not knowing, my wife and I went for dinner, wandered into an empty restaurant and the "new owner" came out saying that J.B. Torchon had sold the resto and it would reopen as a pub in a few weeks time, and made no comment when I said that was 'sudden'.
So we left and ran into J.B. in the parking lot who told us that yes he'd sold the place, having received an offer he 'couldn't refuse' and that it was supposed to stay open till June, but...
Does the word "renege" apply here? The new owner apparently reneged on the agreement, closed the joint, changed the locks and is scrambling to reopen as the Wine Bistro staff refused to work for him.
So yet another kinda 'institution' bites the dust, and the Valley, not exactly thick on the ground with good dining choices, has one less and nothing to replace it.
11915 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
Well, J. B. did get paid handsomely. It will be operated by the people behind the Local Peasant in Sherman Oaks (formerly Cozy's), and Happy Ending in Hollywood on Sunset Blvd.
I wish JB well. I was not a regular, but a friend of mine was and I have some fond memories of the place, including the family get together following my dad's funeral. I think I did Thanksgiving there once as well.
Having to shutter the place 3 months early after getting an offer he could not refuse does not seem like a terrible thing. Maybe there was an issue with transferring the license or with the loan funding, it does not have to be double dealing or nefarious. I hope the new place does well also.