In these final days of December, just as the holiday season really revs up, openings and closings quiet down; everyone awaits the clean slate of the new year. With that, this week's Plywood and introducing Shutterwood, where we feature those restaurants breathing their last breaths. Know something juicy? Drop us a line. And stay tuned for the Super Plywood 2007 edition coming to a blog near you.
(1) Tokyo Table: Before it even opens on December 22, the casual Tokyo Table already offers a discount: get a gift card valued at 50% what you pay for dinner now to use towards another meal in January. [EaterWire]
(2) L'Orangerie: Just like other notable eateries to close their doors, getting a reservation for the last week at this venerable French spot is damn near impossible. Our advice: Sit in the bar. Closing Dec. 31. [Chowhound]
(3) White Lotus: Once the shining beacon of Zen on the Cahuenga Corridor, White Lotus will pack up the buddhas after their Dec. 31 blowout. The space, name and concept will go under the knife; no word on what Chris Breed and crew will unveil yet, but it will reopen sometime around April 2007. [EaterWire]