Wowowowow it looks like... Michael Cimarusti of Providence fame and Craig Nickoloff, founder of the Claim Jumper chain, are partnering up to take over West Hollywood's ancient coffee shop, the Silver Spoon. OMG. According to this ABC report, the twosome have bought Silver Spoon to open Connie and Ted's, as listed on the DBA (Doing Business As) title.
With the success of Cimarusti's Providence, one of Los Angeles' top (and few remaining) true fine dining establishments, it shouldn't come as a huge surprise to hear the chef is moving on to his next venture, but this partnership with Craig Nickoloff is rather curious. Nickoloff opened the first ever Claim Jumper restaurant in Los Alamitos in 1977, from there the chain grew, but just last year Claim Jumper filed for bankruptcy. In any event, Claim Jumper is known for its large portions of less expensive American cuisine, so this high-low partnership between Cimarusti and Nickoloff is really quite interesting.
So, what's going to happen to Silver Spoon? Employees have no idea that the restaurant was even sold, and the owner was not around for comment. Meanwhile, management over at Providence is remaining mum. But, the proof is in the pudding, changes are definitely under way at 8171 Santa Monica Blvd. [EaterWire]