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Andrew Kirschner leaving Wilshire to open own restaurant

February 16, 2011 |  4:33 pm

Kirschner The owner of Wilshire restaurant, Steve Levine, says executive chef Andrew Kirschner will be leaving the Santa Monica restaurant. "We've enjoyed a great run for the past four years and I wish Andrew the best in his own venture," Levine said in a release.

Kirschner confirmed that he would be leaving Wilshire at the end of March to open his own restaurant, Tar & Roses, in the former Breadbar space on Santa Monica Boulevard in Santa Monica. "The concept is not yet finalized," he said. "I have a lot of ideas in my head, and I'm still trying to nail it down." 

Kirschner, who recently was a contestant on the Food Network's "Next Iron Chef," has been executive chef at Wilshire since 2007. Times restaurant critic S. Irene Virbila gave Wilshire three stars in 2008.   

Levine also said Wilshire general manager Nick Fielding and the current staff will remain at the restaurant. He did not name a new chef. 

-- Betty Hallock 

Photo: Andrew Kirschner. Credit: Food Network