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

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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.

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


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    1. re: Servorg

      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?

      1. re: wienermobile

        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!).

        1. re: wienermobile

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

          1. re: mikester

            Will report back!

      2. 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. 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."

          1. 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

              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

                i can't wait for a new ortolan!!

                1. re: sarahjanek

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

                  1. re: sarahjanek

                    i'm being serious

                    1. re: sarahjanek

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

                  2. re: wienermobile

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

                    1. re: Porthos

                      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

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

                        1. re: wienermobile

                          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

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

                            1. re: wienermobile

                              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.

                              1. re: kevin

                                The food is probably not going to be like that.

                          2. re: wienermobile

                            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

                              Very possible on the latter.

                      2. 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.