This is a rumor we heard before, but we thought we'll throw it out there again. From a reader this morning: "I've heard from a good source that that parking lot across from Disney Center is to be a Mandarin Oriental Hotel with an outpost of Thomas Keller's Per Se! This info comes via one of the devolopers. What fantastic news!"
We called Keller's peeps about this the first time we heard it a couple months ago, and they wholeheartedly denied that Thomas Keller will open Per Se or any other restaurant in the grand Grand Avenue Project. In fact, the publicist officially said: "The information is not true but we do thank you for checking with us." It's understandable that this rumor still swirls because the developers of the project (Related Companies) are the same who built the TimeWarner building in New York, where Per Se is located. Perhaps it's a case of miscommunication, perhaps it's a dare-to-dream rumor. We're going to go with false on this one until told otherwise.
· Grand Avenue Project Is Coming...Just Slightly Delayed [Curbed LA]