Spago Closed, but Only Temporarily
by Sophie Gayot UPDATE 9/17/12: Only a few more days of patience for the fans of Spago before the restaurant reopens! Even if you are an A-list celebrity or know one of the owners, über-chef Wolfgang Puck or designer Barbara Lazaroff, there is no way you will get a table at Spago in Beverly Hills tonight… or even for the next few weeks. Just look at this photo. The restaurant had announced that they were undergoing a renovation, but it looks like we are going to get a totally new Spago. For those who are familiar with the space, they will be happy to learn that the olive trees adorning the patio have been saved by Lazaroff and will be replanted soon. Smaller ones will also be added. The bar and the open kitchen will remain, while the private room will be enlarged. How the rest of the restaurant will turn out is a total mystery. You will have to wait until mid-September to see how Spago has been transformed. If you still want to eat Puck’s cuisine in LA, may I suggest: – just two blocks away, CUT at the Beverly Wilshire, one of GAYOT’s 2012 Top 10 Steakhouses in the U.S. – Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air, one of GAYOT’s 2012 Top 10 New Restaurants in the U.S. – WP24 at The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, with great views of downtown – or Chinois on Main, in Santa Monica.