Michael Hung, formerly of Faith & Flower, has stepped out of the kitchen at Viviane in Beverly Hills, along with Stephane Bombet’s namesake hospitality group. When reached via phone, both Hung and Bombet cited the departure as more or less amicable, as the end of a one year operating contract for the Avalon Hotel’s ground floor hotel. After plenty of press and awards, especially for Ryan Wainwright’s bar program, plus a more or less positive review from the Goldster, Viviane was poised to be a solid place to eat on the southern edge of Beverly Hills.
With Hung and Bombet out of the operation, it’s unsure what will happen to Viviane, but at the moment it seems that the menu is unchanged since Hung’s departure late last month.
In the meantime, Hung is pursuing his own projects while Bombet Hospitality continues to run Terrine, Hanjip, and Faith & Flower.
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