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Closings: Beacon in Culver City, Ortolan on 3rd Street

January 12, 2011 | 11:49 am

BeaconIt's been a big (sad) week in restaurant closings as Beacon announced it would shut its doors for good Sunday and Eater LA reports that Ortolan has shuttered, at least for now. 

Asian cafe Beacon, owned and operated by chef Kazuto Matsusaka and his wife, Vicki Fan Matsusaka, opened in 2004 in the Helms Bakery District and was considered a pioneer in the restaurant rush to Culver City. The Matsusakas say they will continue to offer catering services, featuring some of Beacon's signature fusion dishes, such as five-spiced chicken salad, kakuni udon and grilled hanger steak with wasabi relish. 

Meanwhile, Ortolan -- Christophe Eme's high-end French restaurant on 3rd Street that has long struggled to click with diners, especially as the economy turned south -- has apparently closed. The restaurant's voicemail message says: "We are currently closed until further notice. We are not accepting any reservations at this time. We do apologize and look forward to serving you in the future." Eme could not be reached for comment. 

Beacon, 3280 Helms Ave., Los Angeles; (310) 838-7500; www.beacon-la.com. For catering inquiries, e-mail vicki@beacon-la.com. Ortolan, 8338 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles; (323) 653-3300; www.ortolanrestaurant.com.  

-- Betty Hallock

Photo: Beacon in Culver City. Credit: Los Angeles Times.