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Celebrated Chef Diego Hernandez to Open Modern Mexican Mecca in WeHo

The winter arrival of Verlaine will take over the old school celebrity hotspot Dominick’s

Portrait of Diego Hernandez wearing a white chef’s coat.
Diego Hernandez
Alejandro Alarcon

LA's undisputed dominance of the country’s modern Mexican dining scene is being made even more apparent soon, as LA Weekly has reported that Diego Hernandez of Mexico’s celebrated Corazon de Tierra will open Verlaine restaurant in West Hollywood.

It's all a little bit of a surprise, as Hernandez first told Eater that he was planning to make his domestic debut at a restaurant concept called +52 on West Third. Instead, the Baja California chef of one of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants of Latin America will take over the former Dominick’s location that closed a year ago after a legendary 67-year run.

It’s been known since Dominick’s closure that a concept named Verlaine would be taking over the space, but now the puzzle pieces come together as we learn that the incoming restaurant will showcase Hernandez’s penchant for local, organic ingredients that are united under a Mexican, Mediterranean, and Japanese lens.

Verlaine is the brainchild of Select Hospitality & Design, who is also responsible for Santa Monica's Hinterland. The restaurant will join the likes of Petty Cash Taqueria, B.S. Taqueria, and Broken Spanish when it opens this winter.

8715 Beverly Blvd
West Hollywood