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Fine Dining Chef and Claim Jumper Founder Team Up to Buy Old School WeHo Diner Silver Spoon

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This has got to be one of the strangest pairings and projects in L.A.'s always-surprising culinary scene. Acclaimed Providence Chef Michael Cimarusti is teaming up with Claim Jumper chain founder Craig Nickoloff to buy West Hollywood's venerable old diner dame, the Silver Spoon. Don't worry--we did a double take, too.

You're also not the only person to be surprised. Eater LA elaborates:

So, what's going to happen to Silver Spoon? Employees have no idea that the restaurant was even sold, and the owner was not around for comment. Meanwhile, management over at Providence is remaining mum.

The DBA for the new venture is Connie and Ted's, though that may not be the ultimate name for this unusual partnership venture.

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Claim Jumper is known for their massive, gut-busting portions of all-American fare (and in the news section, for maybe sorta not really but kinda serving an Easter Sunday patron a condom in their soup). Cimarusti is known for his elegant seafood fare in fine dining settings with impeccable customer service and high-end ingredients.

We'll have to see what this duo cooks up.

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