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'Top Chef' shut down: Ilan Hall's new restaurant temporarily closes due to an equipment violation

September 2, 2009 |  2:45 pm

The-Gorbals

Ilan Hall and his reps notified us today that the Gorbals will have to shut down temporarily due to an equipment violation. This is particularly unfortunate since the highly anticipated restaurant from the Season 2 winner of "Top Chef" just opened Friday and was already generating quite a buzz. (The Times also ran a story about it in Monday's Calendar section.)

A rep for Hall says that the restaurant will start calling people already holding reservations to inform them of the news. A timeline for the reopening of the Gorbals is not yet known, but check back here for regular status updates.

Below is a statement from Hall's camp:

Due to an equipment violation per the L.A. County Department of Public Health The Gorbals will unfortunately, have to temporarily close.  The installation and maintenance of the boiler system has been an ongoing issue with our building managment and had previously delayed our initial opening date.  We are now submitting plans to reinstall and manage the system ourselves in an effort to effectively (and finally) correct the violation.  Our sincere apologies to our guests for any inconvenience this may cause.  We appreciate all of the support and enthusiasm The Gorbals has received and look forward to reopening as soon as the LA County Public Health Department verifies the boiler problem has been thoroughly addressed and cured.

-- Jessica Gelt

Photo: Stefano Paltera / For The Times

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