It was a valiant effort by Miles Thompson, but the immense press and quality cooking wasn't enough to save Allumette in Echo Park. Owners Charles Kelly and Bill DiDonna announced today that they'll be closing down the tasting menu-focused restaurant on June 28 after nearly a year and a half of operations. While Thompson brought creativity to an area that sorely slacked the kind of culinary brilliance that it deserves, the off-Sunset location and pricey tasting menus just didn't jive with the neighborhood, which seems more focused on cheap tacos.
The statement from management:
A restaurant like Allumette requires tremendous and consistent effort in sourcing and producing the food and drink that we have been celebrated for. We took a calculated, but substantial risk opening a restaurant like this in Echo Park and ultimately we just couldn't find the customer support necessary to sustain our business without compromising the guest experience. So, it is with bittersweet emotions that we announce that Allumette will have its final day of service on Saturday, June 28th. It has been a great ride, filled with exhilarating food, spectacular cocktails and definitive dining moments. We are all thrilled to have been part of something so special and know that all of our hard work and commitment to Allumette was well worth it. We remain friends and colleagues and are each excited for our next chapter in the ever-evolving Los Angeles dining community.No word on what's going into that space next.
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