Temporary Closings for Comme Ca and WildcraftBy Lesley Balla
July 16, 2014
Nothing like the dog days of summer to get a little work done. Two popular restaurants have temporarily shuttered with plans to reopen with new looks, menus and concepts in the coming weeks and months. Here's the deal:
Culver City: Wildcraft Sourdough Pizza, which opened in early 2013, has closed to retool. Chef Tin Vuong and restaurateur Jed Sanford (Little Sister, Abigaile) plan to be more than just a pizza joint when it reopens in August. Chef Bryant Wigger, last of Pasadena's Trattoria Neapolis, will join Vuong in the kitchen, and help shape a more robust Italian menu. Don't worry: that wood-burning oven will continue to come in handy, especially for the sourdough pizzas the restaurant became known for. A full liquor license will also be added, so look for new craft cocktails when the restaurant, now called Wildcraft, reopens.
West Hollywood: After David Myers' departure from his restaurant group, in not so shocking news, Comme Ca closed on June 29. The restaurant will remained closed for at least six months, but will have an enhanced space, including a patio, when it returns. In truth, the restaurant has seen many changes over the last year or so — new chefs in the kitchen, new, less French-focused dishes, and ultimately Myers' leaving — but it was as busy as ever the last time we stepped in for dinner. A patio would make a nice addition, as well as a few menu upgrades. Hopefully the cocktail program and raw bar will remain intact. The Las Vegas restaurant in The Cosmopolitan remains open.