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What happened to 231 Ellsworth? [San Mateo]

Kim Cooper Jul 6, 2014 12:52 AM

We were really disappointed to see that 231 Ellsworth had closed. Does anyone know where the chef went? When did it close?
We usually go there on our birthday (end of April) but didn't this year because my partner, Joyce, had been in a bad car accident and wasn't fully recovered by then, so we postponed it -- next thing we heard, it was gone.
I did search for it here on chowhound, but there was nothing recent.

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    estnet RE: Kim Cooper Jul 6, 2014 11:26 AM

    http://www.231ellsworth.com says they are closed, which you already know. From other sources I'd guess it closed in May, but couldn't find anything about the chef.

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    1. re: estnet
      Melanie Wong RE: estnet Jul 12, 2014 12:28 AM

      Here's the timeline of chefs who worked at 231 Ellsworth,

      So, Joshua Murillo is the name to watch for.

      1. re: Melanie Wong
        Kim Cooper RE: Melanie Wong Jul 12, 2014 12:32 AM

        Thanks. Joshua Murillo. I'll watch for him. do you have any idea which one of the chefs made the lamb bacon?

        1. re: Melanie Wong
          eatzalot RE: Melanie Wong Jul 12, 2014 07:31 AM

          Thanks for posting the history database, Melanie.

          I remember 231 had a sort of "rebirth" around 2000 and an influx of personnel from a Saratoga restaurant (Plumed Horse's old rival, a silicon-valley fixture in the past, whose name keeps escaping me now), including 231's estimable manager of recent years, Richard Milkovich.

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            bbulkow RE: eatzalot Jul 12, 2014 12:01 PM

            You mean the "other" french place, sent sovi ?

            1. re: bbulkow
              eatzalot RE: bbulkow Jul 12, 2014 12:19 PM

              No indeed -- Sent Sovi is a separate world.

              No -- and I'm sorry that the once-familiar name has evaded me now in two different CH threads; I'll be even sorrier when someone names it, and I feel like an idiot -- but there was a place nearby on Big Basin, often mentioned in the same breath as Plumed Horse since the 80s if not earlier. They were among the standard "high-end" or "special-occasion" dining options of silicon valley in the pre-Kinch era. This particular place had many alumni who ended up elsewhere, including at 231 Ellsworth.

              I even vaguely recall its name as having some incidental connection to that of the completely separate "Plumed Horse," leading to confusion of the two among some people who hadn't yet tried either.

              1. re: eatzalot
                DagingKuda RE: eatzalot Jul 12, 2014 05:40 PM

                Le Mouton Noir ? La Mere Michelle ?

                1. re: DagingKuda
                  eatzalot RE: DagingKuda Jul 12, 2014 06:03 PM

                  Thank you! The Mouton Noir. Now I feel like an idiot :-)

                  One is a horse, the other a sheep.

                  BTW I looked into the Mère Michelle once or twice in those days, it seemed like a more casual and "brunch" place, in the league of Palo Alto's Café Brioche -- any insight about that?

                  1. re: eatzalot
                    DagingKuda RE: eatzalot Jul 12, 2014 07:22 PM

                    Sorry, no insight. It was the only one of the three I never ate at.

      2. Robert Lauriston RE: Kim Cooper Jul 6, 2014 06:40 PM


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          Kim Cooper RE: Robert Lauriston Jul 12, 2014 12:22 AM

          Thanks for the link. Let me know if you hear where the chef reappears.

        2. eatzalot RE: Kim Cooper Jul 7, 2014 11:41 AM

          Sad news. I thought it was a standout, often creative, restaurant and could be a great value. Good memories of various special events there too.

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