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Brian Malarkey of 'The Taste' Opening L.A. Restaurant

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Brian Malarkey, a former contestant on "Top Chef" and most recently a judge on "The Taste," will be opening up an outpost of Herringbone here in L.A. And he's doing it at a space that could sure use some sprucing up: Asia de Cuba at the Mondrian Hotel.

Malarkey has many successful restaurants in San Diego that focus on seafood, including Herringbone, Gabardine, and three Searsucker locations -- one in SD, on in Scottsdale, another that recently opened in Austin.

Says Eater:

During renovations, the Herringbone crew will begin to assume all of the hotel's culinary operations, and breakfast, lunch and dinner service will be carried out in the hotel's poolside cabanas until the restaurant's NYE debut.
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Amanda Baumgarten, also a "Top Chef" alum and former chef at Water Grill, was originally set to helm the kitchen, but she's since departed the Enlightened Hospitality group, to open her own spot called Waypoint Public in the southland.

But even without a celeb chef to tend to the stoves, the update will be a welcome one.