Call it a case of karma? When original partner in Wolf in Sheep's Clothing the pop-up, John Mascarenhas, relocated the concept with Brad Johnson (Post & Beam) into a permanent home further west on Abbot Kinney without WiSC's bread and butter — chefs Kris Tominaga and Brian Dunsmoor — diners were up in arms. WiSC was not WiSC without the guys that prepared those lauded Southern-influenced farm to table small plates. So, it comes as absolutely no surprise whatsoever to hear that five months later WiSC has shuttered and Johnson plus chef Govind Armstrong will open Willie Jane, a restaurant focused on Southern cuisine, specifically "low country coastal dishes" and large format family-style dishes, in its place.
Drinks by bar manager Phuong Tran will center around bourbon and include seasonal creations and Southern classics. Willie Jane, named after Johnson's 100 year-old Georgia-born aunt, is being designed by Venice-based designer Rae Scarton and should launch mid this month. [EaterWire]