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May 28, 2014 05:52 PM

Allumette Closing??

I thought the place was wildly successful??

Anyone know what happened?? Is Chef Miles just going elsewhere?

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  1. Yes, closing.

    Hipsters too cheap to pay for quality food.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Weird...they usually tend to go to pretty expensive joints it seems like.

    2. I've never been but you can get reservations on Open Table whenever. Or at least you've been able to when I've tried booking.

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      1. re: set0312

        Me it worth going before it closes you think?

        1. re: BacoMan


          One of my favorite restaurants in the past year, or so.

          In some ways, Alumette reminds me a bit of Sona. A bit misunderstood, sort of underappreciated, and likely ahead of its time.

          1. re: BacoMan

            I think I'll try to get over there. We shall see if I succeed. Who knows when/where he will pop up next?

        2. Too expensive, bad location in a neighborhood that is still in transition to being able to afford those price points.
          If you want $75 per person dinners, you have way too many options to be stuck in Echo Park, when a 15-minute drive will yield probably 50 equal or better dining options.

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          1. re: carter

            That's obviously somewhat true, but damn...wasn't the food supposed to be really good? I mean if Corazon y Miel can exist out in Bell... idk

            I can see it failing, I just thought it was really beloved.

            1. re: BacoMan

              Allumette and Corazon y Miel have very different target audiences IMO. That's why the latter can work in an area like Bell, especially when the locals can somewhat relate to the food. I doubt hipsters grew up on tasting menus lol, unless they're those kids I saw at Urasawa a few years back.

              1. re: chrishei

                I like both C y M and Alumette quite a bit, but find them very different "animals" - except for the out-of-the-box thinking that informs the cooking. Alumette more like a creative fine dinging (Alma-Orsa & Winston); C y M more like creative bar food (Spotted Pig). Too bad. Price-to-neighborhood ratio works for one and not the other I guess.

                1. re: chrishei

                  Hmm...maybe it's just the tasting menu?

                  Hipster's usually seem to drive the dining trends though.

                  J Gold said Allumette was like the Etsy of the food world...and hipster love Etsy.

                  1. re: BacoMan

                    I don't think tasting menu would be considered a trend in LA. If they just did small plates w/ a more boy/stoner food focus, then it might've worked. This is one restaurant that would've been more successful in SF IMO (reminds me of a restaurant like Commonwealth).

                    1. re: chrishei

                      Damn, I still gotta hit up Corazon and Miel.

                      Hopefully they are open for lunch too, both on weekdays and weekends.


                      Do they have any dope fish dishes on the menu ???? What I'm really going after is their chocolate cake laced with habanero chiles and an chile verde ancho whipped cream sauce.

                      1. re: chrishei

               think it's as good as Commonwealth? That's some incredibly high praise.

                        Why couldn't it be successful when places like Alma and Trois Mec are so successful though?

                        1. re: BacoMan

                          I've never been to Commonwealth - just pointing out similarities by appearance and certain characteristics. But what would I know.

                          Again, I think it goes back to location, location, location. But it could definitely work if it moved to, say, Downtown.

                          1. re: chrishei

                            Evidently, after the location vs price point issue, there was a real problem with the AMBIANCE!

                            1. re: VenusCafe

                              Insider info?

                              That would make much more sense...

                            2. re: chrishei

                              Oh...too bad. Would be serious praise to find out it was legitimately as good as Commonwealth.

                              Why do people hate Echo Park so much exactly?

                      2. re: chrishei

                        I wonder how Urasawa would do if it re-located to Bell Gardens.

                        Then again the original Ginza Sushi Ko was located on the second floor of a pod mall on Wilshire, near Normandie.

                        Nuff said.

                      3. re: BacoMan

                        Alumette is not like CyM.

                        It just isn't.

                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          Well, the point was not that Allumette and CyM are the same restaurant, but rather that people in LA will drive for good food. CyM was supported almost entirely by people driving from other parts of LA out to Bell until very recently (according to a discussion with the manager and chef last time I was there).

                          Someone was arguing Allumette wasn't good enough for people in LA to drive to...but it seemed like it should've been good enough to be a destination spot.

                          However...I am in the offending class. I truly don't know why I haven't been. It's not the driving really, or the neighborhood (I actually like Echo Park, and I'm frequently right by there)...

                          I think that maybe they did themselves in with the tasting menu only setup... it somehow feels oddly formal...and I am a spontaneous diner.

                          I suppose I am just not that big a fan of tasting menus. Maybe that's more an ingrained thing in Angelenos than I have really imagined.

                          As I think back on the past two weekend dinners the bias does seem apparent: LQ Foodings was not enjoyed as much as the simple Tuscan buffet at Clusi Batusi.

                          1. re: BacoMan

                            Driving to Bell is rather different proposition than driving to Silver Lake (or nearby Echo Park).

                            1. re: ipsedixit

                              Indeed, Echo Park is much closer.

                              Wouldn't that supposedly help Allumette?

                              1. re: BacoMan

                                Try parking in/around Echo Park.

                                Parking in Bell is like sand at the beach. Free, and everywhere.

                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                  I guess I never thought about parking. Parking is a nightmare in Downtown as well, but places seem to be ok.

                                  Doesn't Allumette offer valet?

                                  1. re: BacoMan

                                    Doesn't Allumette offer valet?


                                    But even if it did, remember what started all this? The unbearable lightness of cheapness that is hipsters.

                                    1. re: ipsedixit

                                      I...really don't think hipsters are cheap. They have pretty much single-handedly driven the average price of eateries upwards it seems like.

                                      Hipsters are the same people that made paying $5 for a cup of coffee the new standard...

                                      Where does this stereotype of cheapness come from?