When the legendary show-biz hot spot (and good French restaurant) called Ma Maison closed its doors two years ago, much of its clientele--especially the lunch bunch--eventually reassembled a block away at the newly opened Silvio's.
Two months ago, as reported in this space, the latter's eponymous proprietor, Silvio De Mori, left the restaurant abruptly after a dispute with his partners. Silvio's is still in business without him, but De Mori himself, meanwhile, has been looking for a new restaurant location. He has found one--and ironically enough, it's the Hollywood Diner on Fairfax, the "Franco-American bistro" opened by Ma Maison's Patrick Terrail after the demise of his original establishment.
Terrail, who owns the building in which the Diner is housed, will "continue to assist on a part-time basis" at the restaurant, he says, but De Mori is the new proprietor and will run it on a day-to-day basis. Terrail adds that he will now devote more energy to opening the new Ma Maison as part of the Ma Maison Sofitel Hotel, long abuildin' on the corner of Beverly and La Cienega, and on finishing a book called "Ma Maison: 13 Years." Both the book and the hotel/restaurant are expected by the summer of 1988, he says. When asked how the Hollywood Diner will change under De Mori's supervision, Terrail replied, "Now it will probably be an Italo- Franco-American bistro."