Orange County's Pascal Olhats closes his Tradition
“The Tradition building lease is expiring, so I made a deliberate decision to start another chapter in my life, spending more of my time doing other things I love,” Olhats says. “Tradition has been a dream realized for me, I have thoroughly enjoyed providing my customers with a quality experience these many years, but now it is time for me to apply that experience towards other opportunities.”
His other restaurants -- Epicerie Pascal and Brasserie Pascal in Newport Beach, Cafe Jardin and Pascal's Tea Garden Creperie in Corona del Mar, and Pascal at Hutton Centre in Santa Ana -- will remain open.
Internet rumors have Christopher Eme, late of Ortolan, taking over the space.
To commemorate his time in Orange County, Olhats will offer a special "greatest hits" menu of his favorite dishes from that period, including seabass au thyme and Dijon-crusted rack of lamb through Feb. 15.
-- Russ Parsons
Photo: Pascal Olhats, seated, with his mentor Paul Bocuse in 1994. Credit: Alexander Gallardo / Los Angeles Times