Here's some big news that managed to sneak past us under the cover of the gift-shopping blizzard in December: Kerry Simon's Beverly Hills restaurant, SimonLA, closed at The Sofitel Hotel, making room for a re-branded effort named Estérel. Now, instead of tuna dynamite and Iron Chef-winning short rib burgers, guests can dine on French and Mediterranean food over lunch and dinner from the property's executive chef, Marius Blin, who has been with the brand since his days as a sous chef in the early aughts. Two menus include a selection of dishes under 500 calories, which we'll presume does not include junk food dessert platters. Simon, meanwhile, still has his Downtown restaurant, LA Market, as well as Simon and KGB Burger in Vegas. A full website for Estérel is said to be "coming soon."
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