Tim Hollingsworth, former chef de cuisine at Thomas Keller's French Laundry in Napa, has confirmed that he is opening a new restaurant in Los Angeles, although the eatery has yet to be named and he's still developing the concept. Hollingsworth has been consulting on all of Michael Zislis' locations along the South Bay (Circa, The Strand House), and is currently working on revamping the menus at the restaurateur's Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach. While the location of Hollingsworth's project is tba, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the chef open with the Zislis Group somewhere out by the beach.
Earlier this year Hollingsworth cooked a $200 dinner at The Strand House, and since then he has been considering the name of his new restaurant, shown in this tweet here:
Thinking of name for my new restaurant. The theme is tacos and salsa... What do you got?— TimothyHollingsworth (@chef_timothy) June 6, 2013
Hollingsworth told SF's Inside Scoop that his ideal concept is "a casual restaurant, maybe with a Mexican theme," and went on to say he'd "be excited to show people what Mexican food really is, and to use techniques ... learned and explored at the French Laundry and apply those in a casual way." It might not be a coincidence that he's been spending time in Baja in the past month, according to his twitter feed. Hollingsworth did tell Grub Street say it would be unlikely he'd open a Mexican restaurant in L.A., so the jury might still be out. Either way, the chef has planted himself in L.A. after leaving Yountville's celebrated three-Michelin starred restaurant.
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