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By Stan Geene
Observer Staff Writer 

Wolfgang Puck to Replace Gladstones for Fish on Sunset Beach

Moderately priced restaurant in 5 star location will make way for rich people restaurant, Frank Gehry design


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Wolfgang puck to replace Gladstone's for Fish

LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Wolfgang Puck, Architect Frank Gehry, and some rich dude behind an LLC called "PH Beach," will soon replace the Gladstone's for Fish restaurant on the beach, with a much, much more expensive place.

"Today the LA County Supervisors cleared the way for negotiations to begin on a concept design for a new beachfront dining destination to be designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry and operated by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck at the current Gladstones restaurant site at Will Rogers State Beach," says a press release released April 3, 2018 by Kuehl's office.

"The Board voted to allow the County's Department of Beaches and Harbors to enter into an exclusive negotiating agreement with PCH Beach Associates, LLC (PCH Beach) to develop and operate a new restaurant and related amenities at the Pacific Palisades site.

PCH Beach's proposal was selected after a competitive process that began in April 2017, when the County asked for proposals to redevelop the 2.8-acre site at 17300 Pacific Coast Highway, north of Sunset Boulevard."

"The proposed project calls for an architecturally attractive waterfront dining destination with easy access to public transit, including the Santa Monica Big Blue Bus. Preliminary plans include casual dining areas serving a changing menu of locally-sourced, farm-to-table cuisine, a lounge, a rooftop bar, a public deck, small retailers including an ice cream shop, and a monument to the site's well-known current tenant, Gladstones," said Kuehl's office in a press release.

Some regard Gehry's architecture as over-rated and Wolfgang Puck as too commercial. The local process of replacing moderately priced businesses with businesses for the rich, continues.


Submitted by: Barbara Osborn


On what possible basis did Stan Greene base his story about the new Gladstones being for rich people? If he'd done any reporting at all, he'd have learned that there will be multiple eateries at multiple price points. What kind of editorial safeguards do you have in place? Sloppy sloppy sloppy!


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