Here we have the Richard/Chodorow show: Citrus at Social. The dining room has lost all Moroccan-inspired furniture, pillows, dark woods, while still retaining the fabulous arches and ceiling from the original Hollywood Athletic Club. Everything's so citrusy, so bright, so fresh, which they hope will be the winning recipe to attract business. This is Richard's semi-return to Los Angeles after leaving almost two decades ago---his Citrus on Melrose was once the toast of the town---but don't expect the chef to be on premises every night as he still has restaurants to oversee in Washington D.C. He himself said he's just "consulting." In his stead, one Rémi Lauvand who's worked with Daniel Boulud, Drew Neiporent and most recently at the Bacara resort in Santa Barbara. They call the menu "Cali-French," frisee salad with lardons, rockfish with swiss chard gnocchi, escargot, chicken 'faux' gras, short rib frites. The restaurant opened barely a week ago, but they're still holding back on reservations, keeping it "soft" as they say. Expect Citrus to go full throttle next week. More reading in Dish and Plywood.
The owner of Milkfarm opens a food-themed gift shop and stationery store on Eagle Rock Boulevard