LIKE its musical neighbor to the north, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the soon-to-open Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at the Orange County Performing Arts Center will house a Patina Group restaurant for pre- and post-performance dining.
The restaurant opening expands the rampant Patina- ization of Southern California cultural institutions. Kendall's, also at downtown's Music Center, is a Patina establishment, as are Hollywood Bowl's Rooftop Grill, Pentimento at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Tangata Restaurant at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art in Santa Ana.
Disney Hall's restaurant, the pricey Patina, moved to the concert hall from its previous location in Hollywood, bringing many of its signature menu items along with it. "With Patina, we had already had the menu in place, the caviar cart in place, the cheese cart in place, for many, many years," chef Joachim Splichal, creator with wife Christine of the Patina Group, said the other day.
But Segerstrom Hall's Leatherby's Cafe Rouge, which will open Sept. 23, one week after the new hall's inaugural concerts and festivities, is being baked from scratch, Splichal said.