BREAKING: Award-winning James Beard chef Traci Des Jardins’ el Alto restaurant abruptly closes in Los Altos months after highly anticipated opening | Peninsula Foodist | The peninsula foodist

By Julia Brown

El Alto partner and chef Traci Des Jardins and executive chef Robert Hurtado at Los Altos restaurant on March 15. The restaurant announced its sudden closure on Saturday. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

James Beard Award-winning chef Traci Des Jardins’ California-Mexican restaurant el Alto has abruptly closed nearly six months to the day since it opened at State Street Market in downtown Los Altos.

“As of September 23, 2022, el Alto has ceased operations. Thank you to everyone who has supported the restaurant throughout this time, especially our customers and staff who have been wonderfully supportive,” said a message posted to the restaurant. website and PageInstagram Saturday readings.

In a Instagram post On Saturday, Des Jardins wrote, “Unfortunately yesterday was our last service at @elaltolosaltos. It was amazing to operate in Los Altos where the interest, excitement and hospitality of the restaurant blew me away It was a wonderful experience to work alongside Chef Robert Hurtado again, as well as the incredible kitchen and front desk team who worked to bring this concept to life. Loved hearing the guest feedback while we were interacting in the dining room. At the end of the day, I’m incredibly proud and grateful to have been part of this project.”

Further information about the closure was not immediately available. State Street Marketwhich also houses a 20,000 square foot food hall featuring restaurants from Michelin star chefs like little blue doora casual Palo Alto sister restaurant Ettanand Bao Beia concept by former chefs Maum Meichih and Michael Kim, opened about a year ago.

The peninsula foodist speak with el Alto partner and chef Des Jardins and head chef Robert Hurtado ahead of the restaurant’s highly anticipated March 24 opening. Des Jardins told former foodist Anthony Shu that if she could start her career over again, she “would have really focused on Mexican cuisine from the very beginning and I went deep into Mexico to experience (the cuisine) first-hand.”

“You can go to both taquerias here (in downtown Los Altos), and they serve the same things,” Hurtado said in March. “There is definitely a place for that. But I want people to be able to explore Mexican cuisine from a different angle; there is more to Mexican cuisine.

Los Altos restaurant offered a modern Mexican menu with dishes like King City Pink Beans fried in duck, an ode to Hurtado’s grandmother, and Liberty Duck leg confit with apricot mole, a tribute to the orchards of stone fruit from Los Altos.

Des Jardins closed the famous San Francisco restaurant Jardinière in 2019 and its Mexican restaurant Ferry Building Mijita a few months later. Des Jardins’ other restaurants, Presidio’s Arguello and The Commissary, closed when the pandemic began. In March, Des Jardins was involved with another establishment, the Public House at Oracle Park.

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