A sad day indeed for fans of fine dining in Los Angeles. Hatfield's, founded by talented chefs Quinn and Karen Hatfield, will be closing by the end of the month after a nearly eight-year run. The husband-and-wife team started at a small place on Beverly Blvd in 2006 (which went onto become Eva and is now Open Sesame). Four years ago, they took over their current space, which had lived previously as Michel Richard's Citrus before becoming Meson G. and then Red Pearl Kitchen under Tim and Liza Goodell.
When the Hatfield's took over in 2010, it seemed to be a harbinger that fine dining was on its way back despite gastropubs and casual eateries opening up right and left. Since then, the Hatfield's earned a slew of acclaim, such as three stars from S. Irene Virbila at the L.A. Times to Best New Restaurant nods from Bon Appetit and Angeleno Magazine. Their track was already gilded as the short-lived Los Angeles Michelin Guide had awarded them a star in 2009.
Things seemed to be going well for years, as the Hatfield's opened their casual daytime eatery The Sycamore Kitchen on La Brea, with Odys + Penelope opening later this month.
But Hatfield's, their flagship, wasn't able to get through the decade despite plenty of street credibility. No word at the moment on who will take over that iconic building, which even served as a set for Jon Favreau's Chef movie.
The couple gave this statement in regards to the shutter:
Hatfield's will close its doors at the end of December. The restaurant has had an amazing run and we are grateful for all of our loyal patrons throughout the years. This decision is bittersweet for Quinn and I, but we're excited for what's to come. Our efforts will be focused on the opening of our newest restaurant this month, Odys + Penelope, and continuing to deliver a high-quality experience at The Sycamore Kitchen.
Any final thoughts for a beloved institution? Will you book a table before the run ends? Hit the comments.