Hollywood restaurant the Fireplace & Hound will shut tonight, ending an up-and-down yearlong saga for what was at one time among the many most anticipated openings in Los Angeles. The Sundown Boulevard restaurant solely opened in December 2017.
Eater confirmed that the ultimate evening of service for celebrated chef April Bloomfield’s restaurant is tonight, and reached out to Bloomfield’s workforce for remark earlier this week. They finally declined, and as an alternative posted a closure discover to social media a number of minutes in the past.
Regardless of having Bloomfield within the kitchen, the Fireplace & Hound might be most notably remembered for its onetime connection to opening associate Ken Friedman out of New York Metropolis. Simply six days after opening the Fireplace & Hound, Friedman was credibly accused of sexual harassment by quite a few workers at well-known eating places just like the Noticed Pig. Friedman took a “go away of absence” from his function as a supervisor throughout the restaurant group, however continues even now to tug income from the venues the place he maintains an possession stake.
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In June 2018, Friedman and Bloomfield formalized a enterprise partnership cut up that noticed Bloomfield maintain the Fireplace & Hound in addition to Tosca Cafe in San Francisco, whereas giving up her possession stake in Friedman’s New York Metropolis eating places. As for the allegations of years of misbehavior by Friedman in direction of his workers, Bloomfield has acknowledged that she “let down” her workers by not doing sufficient when the allegations first got here to mild.
It’s unclear what is going to occur to Fireplace & Hound’s house, or what’s subsequent for Bloomfield at this level. The British chef had already relocated to Los Angeles completely to open the restaurant, and notes within the assertion above that she hopes “at some point to prepare dinner right here once more quickly.”
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