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West Hollywood’s Estrella Loses Dakota Weiss, Will Close for Total Overhaul

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Chef Mirko Paderno steps in to take the helm

Gaze Inside Estrella, Dakota Weiss's Lush Ode to Laurel Canyon in West Hollywood
Estrella, West Hollywood
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Less than two years after opening to the public along the Sunset Strip, West Hollywood’s Estrella is losing its star chef Dakota Weiss. What’s more, the restaurant will close for a remodel next month, opening up with a new menu and lead in the kitchen.

That chef is none other than Mirko Paderno, who has been bouncing around town of late. Most recently he was the executive chef of Culina at the Four Seasons, but before that helped open and run the show at Officine Brera in the Arts District. Paderno has a way with pastas and risottos and Italian chops, so it’s not hard to see Estrella turn into something similar along Sunset.

Former Top Chef contestant Weiss will remain a partner in Estrella moving forward, but is instead pushing her efforts into the quickly-expanding Sweetfin Poke, which she helped co-found in 2015 as well. As for Estrella, expect a quick closure from August 7 through 9, with a reopening on August 10. Chef Weiss will remain onboard as executive chef until then.

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