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July 16, 1991 | ERIC YOUNG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
L'Ermitage, for 16 years a favorite restaurant of Los Angeles' well-heeled, movie industry crowd, is up for sale--shut down in the face of management fatigue. Dora Fourcade, who with her brother, Jean-Pierre, has owned the posh West Hollywood eatery since 1986, said Monday that the restaurant had been doing steady business. But the siblings decided to sell because she was becoming overwhelmed dividing her time between the restaurant and her young children.
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MAGAZINE
October 18, 1998 | S. IRENE VIRBILA
Let's face it, hotel dining is rarely exciting. But it does offer something increasingly rare: the luxury of eating in serene and well-appointed surroundings. It's quiet enough to talk, you can linger as long as you like and the service is usually crisp and professional. After a $65-million restoration, a small Beverly Hills hotel in a quiet residential area is setting its sights high. With rooms and suites ranging from $395 to $3,800 a night, I should think so.
BUSINESS
January 20, 1993 | DAVID W. MYERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The posh L'Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills, a favorite resting spot for celebrities and wealthy business people, has been sold to a New York-based investment partnership for an estimated $12 million. The investment group, La Hotel Properties Inc., purchased the property from Mission Viejo-based Independence One Bank of California. The deal closed at the end of December, bank President Edward H. Sondker said.
BUSINESS
March 13, 1986 | TOM FURLONG, Times Staff Writer
L'Ermitage Hotel, one of America's most highly rated inns and a favorite Los Angeles-area resting spot for celebrities and wealthy businessmen, has been forced to seek bankruptcy protection because of the continuing financial problems of its principal owner, Severyn Ashkenazy. According to court records, the Ashkenazy concern that owns the luxury-suite hotel, a partnership known as 9289 Burton Co., filed a petition under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 1998 | S. IRENE VIRBILA, TIMES RESTAURANT CRITIC
The Beverly Hills hotel L'Ermitage has emerged from a radical make-over that turned the once-stodgy hideaway into a fabulously chic luxury hotel (at least from the looks of the lobby and public rooms). If you pull that taupe Armani from the closet, you'll fit right in to the minimalist decor. The bar, with its groupings of chairs upholstered in a palette of browns and taupe, is understated and elegant.
NEWS
February 18, 1985 | MARYLOUISE OATES, Times Staff Writer
Take the soap, for example. (And many guests will.) The well-known sliver has melted into hotel history, and now two plump beige ovals of French milled soap sit pristine on a small rattan tray. Sharing the tray are trial-size bottles of shampoo and bath gel, a bottle of Givenchy for Gentlemen and that traditional hotel amenity--the plastic shower cap. Take the beige terry robes, trimmed in brown, folded on the long marble dressing table.
FOOD
July 25, 1991 | RUTH REICHL, TIMES FOOD EDITOR
When L'Ermitage opened in 1975 it was a restaurant for rich people. When it closed last week it was an institution. Why should you care? Because even if you've never been to an expensive restaurant--and have no intention of setting foot inside of one--it changed the way you eat. When Jean Bertranou opened L'Ermitage, what we all understood to be "good food" was Continental; it relied mainly on meat. "American food," of course, meant hot dogs and hamburgers and steak.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 2000 | ANGELA PETTERA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Whoever said breaking up is hard to do obviously never spent any time around professional chefs. Here's the latest round of splits between chefs and restaurants: Joe Has to Go: Joseph Antonishek leaves L'Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills Friday, even though his food has been favorably received there. Like many chefs before him, he found himself bridling under the restrictions of hotel management--again.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 23, 1990 | Kathie Jenkins \f7
Michel Blanchet of L'Ermitage, 730 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood. (213) 652-5840. Style: The last bastion of really correct French cooking in L.A. Blanchet has been at the restaurant since its beginning. Setting: Dark and muted. Recommended: Truffle soup (when in season); saddle of rabbit; home-cured salmon. Cost per person: $45-$65. Mark Carter of Duplex, 1930 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 663-2430.
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