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Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook, and Vinny Dotolo Opening New Restaurant on Highland.

wienermobile Sep 8, 2012 08:04 AM

Ludo is opening his own first restaurant in LA partnering with the Animal guys in an tiny old Raffaalo's Pizza in a mini mall at 716 Highland in Hollywood, just down the street from Mozza. Not a pop up. Great news for chowhounds. Can't wait to see what they come up with.

  1. wienermobile Oct 15, 2012 03:33 PM

    From LA Eater "the truck stop themed operation on Highland and Melrose, has been named Le Routier. It will serve a bistro meets fine dining mix " It also sounds like the second restaurant may be a fried chicken spot.

    1. wienermobile Oct 12, 2012 04:37 PM

      This just in .....Ludo just revealed his plan to open a second restaurant with the Animal guys. So we not get not one but two new Ludo restaurants!

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      1. re: wienermobile
        Dirtywextraolives Oct 12, 2012 04:44 PM

        Be still my little heart.....between that & Chef Eme reopening a new concept in the Ortolan space, I think my head is about to explode....

        1. re: Dirtywextraolives
          sarahjanek Oct 26, 2012 10:30 AM

          i can't wait for a new ortolan!!

          1. re: sarahjanek
            kevin Oct 26, 2012 11:14 AM

            Are you being facetious or serious ??? Sorry, I can't tell.

            1. re: sarahjanek
              sarahjanek Oct 26, 2012 11:28 AM

              i'm being serious

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                Dirtywextraolives Oct 26, 2012 05:03 PM

                Me either!! I'll be sure to advise the board when & if I get any more information....

            2. re: wienermobile
              Porthos Oct 12, 2012 05:12 PM

              Will he be cooking at either of them, both of them, or is he just an investor/consultant?

              1. re: Porthos
                wienermobile Oct 12, 2012 07:30 PM

                The restaurant on Highland will be "a truck stop" (if you saw Ludo on No Reservations a few weeks ago you will know what that means) according to Ludo it will be 80% French and 20% American fare in his intimate 36-seat spot. Can you just taste that fried chicken yet?

                1. re: wienermobile
                  Johnny L Oct 13, 2012 02:35 AM

                  I wonder if it will be a no reservation ordeal because 36 seats is tiny.

                  1. re: wienermobile
                    kevin Oct 14, 2012 09:19 PM

                    What's a "truck stop" joint ?

                    Sorry, I don't watch the myriad of Food Network TV shows on the current scene.

                    Btw, on a separate note, does anyone happen to know what replaced Lou wine bar on Vine near Melrose ?


                    1. re: kevin
                      wienermobile Oct 14, 2012 10:45 PM

                      Kind of like a French Diner or a working class luncheonette.

                      1. re: wienermobile
                        kevin Oct 15, 2012 08:50 AM

                        Cool, Thanks.

                        By the way has anyone been to the Canadian-French diner M. Wells in Queens, NY befoere ? That's what your description reminds me of.

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                          Johnny L Oct 15, 2012 11:05 AM

                          The food is probably not going to be like that.

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                      fame da lupo Oct 15, 2012 12:50 PM

                      That's ridiculous... either Bourdain is an genius for suggesting the idea, or the entire thing was a product placement for Ludo.

                      1. re: fame da lupo
                        Porthos Oct 15, 2012 12:55 PM

                        Very possible on the latter.

                2. wienermobile Oct 3, 2012 03:51 PM

                  It's now official. Here is the announcement in a quote from Ludo "...we have the space now, we are in construction..It's going to be a fun restaurant, something new for LA. And something new, maybe something that doesn't exist in America."

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                    Johnny L Sep 8, 2012 01:23 PM

                    Unless it's a standing restaurant I don't see how it can be an affordable place and pack the volumne needed to break even.

                    1. Servorg Sep 8, 2012 08:55 AM

                      Should be interesting, both for food and for actually getting a table... ;-D>


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                        wienermobile Sep 8, 2012 12:00 PM

                        Servog I have heard there may be as few as 35 seats in the new restaurant. Will I ever be able to get a reservation? Maybe in early 2016? On a Tuesday in July at 5pm? Should I start calling now?

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                          Servorg Sep 8, 2012 12:06 PM

                          All tables accounted for by "investors" through the turn of the century from what I hear... (Kidding...have heard nothing about anything...but if there are investors who get first call on tables that will just make things tougher for the great unwashed chowhounds...awhoooooooo!).

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                            mikester Sep 10, 2012 10:13 AM

                            Must get on Krissy's "Friend" list immediately ;-)

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                              J.L. Oct 3, 2012 05:06 PM

                              Will report back!

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