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Why Hollywood Power-Lunch Spot, Orso, is Closing

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Following up on last week's news that the Orso space was going through some changes, the New York Times today dives in, examining the Hollywood power lunch spots of today and yesterday while explaining Orso's demise:

Named for a dog that once befriended Mr. Allen in Venice, Orso was hurt when the Creative Artists Agency and International Creative Management moved into Century City office towers, shifting the center of gravity for their lunch sessions westward to new hot spots like Craft. And it lost a mainstay when the nearby New Line Cinema — once the biggest house account — cut hundreds of employees in a corporate restructuring.

No word yet from Sean MacPherson, who is listed on a recently submitted alcohol permit for the space, as to what the spot will turn into next. MacPherson, if you don't know, is one of L.A.'s more notable bar/restaurant owners, having his hand in Bar Lubitsch, the Roger Room, the Good Luck Bar, Jones, El Carmen and Swingers.

Orso will close on November 21st. It is located on West 3rd Street across from Cedars Sinai and the Beverly Center.