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La Brea’s Troubled Kass Wine Bar Seems to Be Closed After Nine Months

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Michelin-level opening chef Christophe Émé had already departed

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A dimly lit restaurant and wine bar with backlit sconces on the wall.
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Kass, the restaurant and wine bar on La Brea, seems to be all closed up. The unofficial news comes just one month after the loss of prominent opening chef Christophe Émé, though remaining ownership there has yet to formally announce a shutter.

Both the restaurant’s website and its phone lines are completely down. Kass’s social media presence has not been updated since last month, and a recent Yelp review for the place is from over a week ago, with a claim that the address was dark on a Friday night at 7:45 p.m. A recent Eater drive-by of Kass on a weeknight also revealed the restaurant to be closed for business. Eater reached out directly to the restaurant for more information, but so far has not heard back.

If true, the loss of Kass would mark the end of a rather truncated run for not only the restaurant itself, but Christophe Émé in specific. The prolific Michelin-level French chef, formerly of the acclaimed Ortolan on West Third Street, had been largely out of the spotlight for the past couple of years before opening the dimly-lit dinnertime destination in January of this year. He announced his departure for unnamed future plans back in August. Got more information? Hit the tipline, anonymity guaranteed.

Kass Wine Bar and Restaurant. 320 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles.