Christine Banta, executive chef at La Boheme in WeHo, just told us that the restaurant closed on July 28 "for a face lift." Turns out the parent company, Global Dining, finally decided to reinvest in the restaurant after 17 years. Banta took over the kitchen in 2003, and said she'll stay on for the new Cafe La Boheme but will travel to Japan for some r&r and inspiration. Sounds like the menu will be more Pan-Asian, although the butterscotch parfait that's so close to our heart will hopefully make a reappearance. GM Brian O'Connor will also stay on board. Margaret "Peg" O'Brien, who designed the original La Boheme in 1991, will update the space. The relaunch should be around October. Global Dining also owns Monsoon in Santa Monica and Gonpachi, the Japanese theme-park of a restaurant that had a shaky start when it opened a few months ago.
The Shutter: La Boheme Closed for Renovations
by Lesley Balla