The re-incarnation of Du-Par's at Farmers Market hasn't been panned by everybody, but enough to get your attention. Now comes the flackage for the Jan. 22 "official" reopening, with a clue to what may be wrong.
Du-Par’s celebrates its return to business at the Farmers Market with a fully-renovated 1930s décor, new menu and highly-trained chefs from top Los Angeles restaurants.
1930's decor, check.
Menu, regrettable but check.
Chefs from top L.A. restaurants? You gotta be kidding. It's Du-effing-Par's. Shouldn't they be fry cooks with Army training or prison tattoos? Schooling in Cozumel, not the Culinary Institute of America? All the aficionados ask is they get the pancakes right.
Flipping through the LA Observed archives I'm reminded that when the Naylor family took over Du-Par's in 2004, they announced it would close for sixty days. Only took two years — but to be fair, maybe they were training the chefs.