ECHO PARK — Looks like restaurant critic Jonathan Gold will have to rename his list of 101 Best Restaurants. The owners of Allumette – ranked at No. 51 on this year’s recently issued list – announced that they were shutting down the Echo Park restaurant on June 28 after failing to “find the customer support necessary to sustain our business,” according to Eater L.A.
Allumette and chef Miles Thompson have been highly praised by critics and foodies for innovative cuisine and cocktails. But it has also been taken to task for a pricey menu. Owners Owners Charles Kelly and Bill DiDonna, in a statement published on Eater L.A., said:
A restaurant like Allumette requires tremendous and consistent effort in sourcing and producing the food and drink that we have been celebrated for. We took a calculated, but substantial risk opening a restaurant like this in Echo Park and ultimately we just couldn’t find the customer support necessary to sustain our business without compromising the guest experience.”
It’s not clear what will replace in the Echo Park Avenue restaurant.
Allumette becomes the second high-end restaurant in Echo Park to recently announce its closure. In April, the owners of Cortez, announced they had sold the restaurant.