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Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken Take Over Culinary Arm of Huntington Library

The Too Hot Tamales are making a splash in tony San Marino

Huntington Library, San Marino
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, big news out of sleepy San Marino today, as it seems the Huntington Library will be getting some serious new culinary talent in the form of Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger. That’s right, the Too Hot Tamales team is getting artsy.

While official details are still trickling in, the initial news item comes courtesy of the Bon Appetit Management Co., a Palo Alto-based restaurant management company that has been signed on to take over food and drink duties at the historic estate. Buried in the details on that big merger, which officially begins November 1, is news that Milliken and Feniger, along with Blue Window’s own Kajsa Alger, will be spearheading "several new dining concepts" on site. Eater reached out to the team’s management for more information on what those concepts will be, but so far hasn’t heard back.

Regardless, that’s great news for everyone involved. Not only will the iconic Huntington Library, which receives three-quarters of a million annual visitors, earn some top-notch chef talent, but Feniger, Milliken, and Alger will have another outlet for their creative cooking — particularly after the announced shutters of both Border Grill in Santa Monica, and Mud Hen Tavern in Hollywood.

The move to upscale the dining experience for tourists is right in line with recent events across Los Angeles too, as the Lucques Group has been doing a bang-up job delivering meals to The Hollywood Bowl. More recently, La Cañada Flintridge’s Descanso Gardens got a big upgrade with new brunch (and soon, dinner) destination Maple. More news on this as it comes.