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Six Months In, Comme Ça Hasn't Even Started Construction Yet

The once-popular West Hollywood spot has been down for a remodel since June.

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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

If Comme Ça's (temporary) shutter back in June came as a shock to longtime West Hollywood diners, what's perhaps more surprising has been the lack of updates since.

In quick succession last summer, David Myers left his namesake David Myers Restaurant Group to pursue projects in Singapore and beyond, leaving his L.A. spots Comme Ça and Hinoki + The Bird to fend for themselves. Within a month, the upscale French brasserie was down for a six month overhaul.

So now that the initial six month timeline has flown past, where does the space stand? Reps swear it's still due for a comeback, though no one's even swung a hammer inside in 2015. There are delays resulting from some unresolved permitting issues, Eater is told, but plans are to bring the old gal back to its former grandeur once those have been cleared up. In short: they haven't even started construction yet, which never bodes well.

One shining beacon of hope, though: the restaurant group has apparently hired Sam Marshall (designer behind Laurel Hardware and République) in anticipation of the upcoming overhaul, which seems to lend credence to the notion that it'll actually be returning sometime in the near future.

What's the new timeline for Comme Ça's return? No one seems to have a straight answer on that, unfortunately. Which means the city could be looking at an extended Clifton's Cafeteria scenario, where delays keep the space in limbo for quite some time.

Comme Ça

8479 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069 323-782-1104