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Ask Eater LA: Barfly and Yu under construction, and the search for a Barefoot chef

Barfly, back in the day

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· West Hollywood: Remember when Brad and Jen were canoodling at Barfly? Sigh... those were the days. But we all know that today's hot spot is tomorrow's construction site. A reader writes in: "There's construction going on inside 8730 Sunset Blvd (most recently Barfly). A sign on the door stated "No Visitors, Construction Inside". What's happening at the former Barfly space? Drinks for all my friends that know.

· Beverly/Fairfax: "Barefoot has recently gotten a new chef and menu. I was in love with the old menu and chef; do you have any idea who the former chef was and where I can find them now? I know I am not the only Angeleno searching for the deliciousness that was once Barefoot!!!" We know you aren't, sweetie. Old Barefoot chef: Where are you?

· Santa Monica: It seemed like just yesterday when Yu, Yi, Kai, and Koi lead the pack of monosyllabic restaurant names. Kai had to change to MaKai; Yi is now Celadon; and Yu? "Any word on the status of Yu Restaurant on Montana Ave in Santa Monica. It closed down many moons ago and I remember reading a posted note saying after renovations they would reopen in the fall. Fall has come and gone and I haven't seen any progress." After calling the restaurant and hearing words like "closed for renovations" and "will reopen in mid-September," we admit, we're intrigued. Will Yu reopen or will it be our next Deathwatch contender?

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