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Fine Dining Mainstay Hatfield's Closing After 8 Years

(Photo of Hatfield's croque madame by Larry on Flickr)
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Quinn and Karen Hatfield are closing the doors to their fine dining establishment Hatfield's, which has been open for 8 years.

The restaurant was one of fine dining's mainstays in Los Angeles. It was awarded a Michelin star, a Best New Restaurant nod from Bon Appetit magazine, and was one of the first to offer a vegetarian tasting menu. It was also used as a location in the filming of the popular movie "Chef" starting John Favreau.

Karen released a statement regarding the shutter this morning:

"Hatfield's will close its doors at the end of December. The restaurant has had an amazing run and we are grateful for all of our loyal patrons throughout the years. This decision is bittersweet for Quinn and I, but we're excited for what's to come. Our efforts will be focused on the opening of our newest restaurant this month, Odys + Penelope, and continuing to deliver a high-quality experience at The Sycamore Kitchen."
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Restaurants, especially in Los Angeles, have become increasingly more casual since the recession.

And the Hatfields' next project will play to that trend. They'll be opening their new restaurant Odys + Penelope this month, just a few doors down from The Sycamore Kitchen at 127 S. La Brea Ave. It's described as a "contemporary, casual churrasco and grill offering an eclectic menu of flavorful and simply prepared fare, with a strong emphasis on locally sourced and sustainable meats, seafood and vegetables," and will be open nightly for dinner.

The name, of course, pays tribute to the legendary couple Odysseus and Penelope of Homer’s Greek epic, The Odyssey, and is perhaps a nod to the couple's continued journey as they evolve with the local dining landscape.