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    Charcoal Sunset Location Closes After Eight Months in West Hollywood

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    Josiah Citrin’s second Charcoal Sunset, a steakhouse and seafood restaurant in West Hollywood, at 9000 Sunset Boulevard, abruptly shuttered its doors on Saturday, February 17, after only eight months since its inception. The closure comes amidst challenges attributed to operational costs and changing business dynamics, particularly within the West Hollywood area.

    In a statement provided to Eater LA, Citrin expressed disappointment over the closure, stating, “After delays and extreme changes to the cost of doing business over the last couple of years, especially in West Hollywood, it is a real bummer, to say the least, that we had to make the difficult decision to suspend operations at Charcoal Sunset.”

    Located along the famed Sunset Strip adjacent to renowned establishments such as the Whiskey a Go Go and Rainbow Bar & Grill, the West Hollywood venue first opened its doors in July 2023. The restaurant gained recognition for its diverse surf-and-turf offerings, featuring delicacies such as Angus porterhouse, aged duck, and grilled loup de mer.

    While the closure undoubtedly leaves a void in West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip, enthusiasts of Citrin’s culinary expertise can still indulge in Charcoal’s fare at the Venice location.

    Josiah Citrin, a stalwart in Los Angeles’s gourmet dining scene, boasts over three decades of culinary expertise. As the chef and proprietor of Santa Monica’s esteemed Mélisse Restaurant, Citrin’s culinary journey has been marked by innovation and acclaim.

    In December 2019, Chef Citrin embarked on a culinary transformation, reimagining Mélisse Restaurant into two distinct concepts. The first, Citrin, offers an à la carte dining experience that garnered a coveted Michelin star in 2022. The second, Mélisse, presents an intimate 14-seat tasting menu, earning two Michelin stars in both 2021 and 2022.

    Beyond Mélisse, Citrin extends his culinary vision as the chef and owner of sister restaurant Charcoal Venice. Additionally, he oversees the culinary operations at The LINE in Koreatown, including the acclaimed restaurant Openaire situated within the hotel. His foray into the fast-casual realm materialized with the opening of Augie’s on Main on Santa Monica’s Main Street in August 2022.

    Collaborating with fellow chef and friend Hans Röckenwagner, Citrin embarked on a four-year venture at the legendary Dear John’s in Culver City, frequented by the iconic Frank Sinatra. Building on this success, the duo unveiled a new permanent sister establishment, Dear Jane’s, in Marina del Rey in the fall of 2022.

    Central to Citrin’s culinary ethos is his philosophy of “In Pursuit of Excellence,” which serves as the guiding principle across all his culinary endeavors, whether in the realm of fine or casual dining.

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    Paulo Murillo
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    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    Kiss it
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    4 months ago

    Well kiss my cooter! I had no idea this place even existed until I read this article lol

    Enough!
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    4 months ago

    “…extreme changes to the cost of doing business over the last couple of years, especially in West Hollywood” …says it all. The current, extreme policies in this city are destroying it. Walking up and down our main bouldevards is a very depressing site…so many closed up businesses. We need real change come the next election. (vote for George Nickle)

    Steve R
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    4 months ago

    Having dined there (once) I can tell you it was not the “extreme costs of doing business” that doomed them.

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    4 months ago

    Not to dismiss your experience there, but I’ve eaten there myself, and it was damn good, although very, very expensive. And if our city lost just a few businesses over the last two years (since these policies were in effect), I would say OK maybe this business didn’t have a great food or it was overpriced or what have you. But since we have tons of businesses that have closed for this, very same reason I tend to believe the people that own the business. That, and the fact that when you put that much money into a build out,… Read more »

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    Paul Dean
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    4 months ago

    Too high-end for the area. Y’all might not believe it, but this is a working class area that needs more eateries that are reasonable in price. We that work one here were anxious for something to go in that space that was for us. A Chipotle would have been nice. I work frequently on the upper strip, and finding a reasonable meal is next to impossible. The Deli is now gone, so options are even worse. If you think city policy doesn’t affect much, the small handful of reasonable eating options are overly priced — Panini, while delicious, could cost nearly… Read more »

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    4 months ago

    I’m sorry, too high end for the neighborhood? There is literally a private club right above it, another high-end restaurant across the street (Hudson house) comparable to what this place was. The businesses in this city are paying the highest minimum wage in the county and possibly the country. To offset their higher cost they’re gonna pass that along to the consumer so you can thank your city council for fewer and fewer reasonable options to dine out. And get ready cause they’ll be even fewer coming in the near future. The only businesses that are going to be able… Read more »

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