It's been just under a year since Innovative Dining Group opened Chi Lin, the modern Chinese restaurant in West Hollywood. But yesterday the news came that the restaurant had closed after service on Sunday night.
In its short run, Chi Lin went through a couple of chefs, including Yujean Kang, who is well known for Yujean Kang's Gourmet Chinese, which he ran in Pasadena for more than 20 years. After he left, Tyson Wong took over the kitchen. Dishes such as crab and uni xiao long bao and BBQ orange baby back ribs seemed to be catering to a tourist crowd. The decor was mind-bending, the food expensive. But despite the hype and location, it didn't work in the long run.
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Innovative Dining Group is promising something else in Chi Lin's place in the near future. "In anticipation of a brand new, one-of-a-kind endeavor replacing IDG's modern Chinese concept Chi Lin, the restaurant had its last night of service Sunday night," an IDG spokesperson says. "IDG will share details about the new project in the coming weeks, once the ink dries."