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Ortolan Closes

Ortolan, Christophe Emé’s (Taillevent, L’Orangerie) modern French restaurant in West Hollywood, will not make it to its 6th anniversary, or at least so it seems. Ortolan’s answering machine reports that the restaurant is closed until further notice, and attempts to reach Emé and/or his representatives have been so far unsuccessful. (We’ll keep you posted when we learn more.)

Ortolan, which Emé owned with his wife Jeri Ryan, earned high praise from Jonathan Gold, who wrote “At a time when half the émigré chefs in California are putting their knowledge of Escoffier to work cooking pasta, Ortolan, which reflects Christophe Emé’s Loîre-trained palate, may be the most serious French restaurant in Los Angeles.”

Update: We just got off the phone with Christophe Emé, who confirmed that Ortolan has indeed closed its beautiful doors. Emé said that he’d been working with a partner to retool the restaurant, but that the partnership had fallen through. He’s currently trying to find a new partner, and has closed the restaurant until that happens. “I’ll sell it if I don’t find a partner in the next weeks,” said the chef, citing the costs of keeping the restaurant open in the process. So if you’re reading this and you’re interested, please get in touch with the chef. “You can put my phone number in this article,” said Emé.

Emé would ideally like to keep the restaurant and reopen it with a different name and with both more casual decor and an entirely different menu. “More simple, more relaxed,” Emé said, not ruling out the possibility of a bistro. “I’m really attached to this place,” said the chef, whose flat-out gorgeous restaurant (chandeliers, wooden floors, banquettes, fireplace, interior herb garden) opened almost 6 years ago, on February 8th, 2005.



2 Comments on “Ortolan Closes”

  1. sorry to hear this news 🙁
    When I went to Ortolan in Feb. 2006 I was thinking.. “how much does it cost to clean all this crystal?!” Christophe, you reduced the days and hours of business, you eliminated Lunch and Sundays 🙁
    23 yr ago I sold my own space in S.F. I tell you, if there is a way ..Don’t let it go!
    Here’s my idea for now:
    Can you get Jeri to join you in a cooking show? thinking, Nigella Lawson 🙂 She makes me want food I’d otherwise hate!

    for an immediate fund raiser how about doing an Auction from Ortolan?

    once I offered you and Jeri to sell an autographed baseball bat appraised at $80,000.
    How about a Fund Raiser for Doris Day’s Animal Welfare group?
    I’d like to see a “Celebrity Auction” done in Doris’ name Annually w/the the proceeds to go to a different organization each time.
    Jeri, you said you once wanted to be a veterinarian, I am asking you to lend your celebrity to this!
    The cost of Vet care is way out of reach for most of us, including me.
    If you will host an auction to benefit animals, especially dogs,
    I will put up my bat and hope others will add things to the pot.
    Please think on it? Paul Bristow at Fox knows how to reach me.

    1. Uh, you do realize this is an unoffical fansite for Jeri?? I have no contact with neither her or her husband in any way what so ever. It’s doubtful they’ll see your comment here much less take it seriously should they do happen upon it (I have no idea whether either of them knows even this site exists). You really should be looking to send a message a like that through the Ortolan website.

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