Caché restaurant has closed, only a year after it opened in Santa Monica, in the space that formerly housed Arnold Schwarzenegger's beerhaus Schatzi. Josiah Citrin (Mélisse), who had consulted on the menu but was not a partner, said that the restaurant closed on Tuesday, the same day that he was informed of the news.
"It was an owner decision. I'm not an owner; I'm just a consultant. What can I do? I can't do anything. I found out yesterday," said Citrin by phone last night, above the din of restaurant service at Mélisse. Last July, Jonathan Gold praised Caché: "Citrin isn't suddenly serving pub grub, you understand: The menu hews pretty close to the France-by-way-of-the-farmers-market groove for which he became famous at Mélisse." Citrin, who was "very happy with the food we put out," says he has no idea what will happen to the space, and that he's trying to help relocate his staff, including chef de cuisine Nyesha Arrington (Mélisse, Robuchon).
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Caché Restaurant: 3110 Main Street, Santa Monica; (310) 399-4800.