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Opening Chef Michael Hung Leaving Downtown's Faith & Flower By Month's End

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Faith & Flower, Downtown
Faith & Flower, Downtown
Elizabeth Daniels
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.

Big changes at one of Downtown’s most well-received restaurants, as opening chef Michael Hung plans to leave Faith & Flower by the end of the month. Hung's menu there, an eclectic mix of flavors done with just the right amount of flair and elegance, has become a staple for the area's business clientele, and helped to regenerate yet another part of then-still-blossoming Downtown.

The news of Hung's eventual departure had quietly existed as little more than a rumor for a couple of weeks, but now the ownership team for the popular eatery confirms the move.

Per owner David Bernahl:

"I’m extremely proud of the work we’ve done with Michael over the past two years. With success comes new opportunities, and his transition has been in the works. We’re looking forward to watching Michael’s talent continue to grow, while at Faith & Flower we’re ridiculously excited about our forthcoming announcement on what’s next for the restaurant.”

That announcement hasn’t happened yet, of course, but it surely means a big new name stepping into fill Hung’s shoes. Faith & Flower has been, for the most part, a revenue powerhouse and (largely) a critic’s darling, so expect someone with a well-known resume to join the ranks.

As for Hung? Nothing confirmed there either, though sources say he has strong plans to stay in Los Angeles following the end of his tenure at Faith & Flower.

Faith & Flower

705 W 9th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015 213-239-0642