The continual contraction of the Culver City dining scene has made for some interesting headlines recently. I hear that Fraiche, once one of the premiere eateries in downtown Culver City will be closing its doors, to be replaced by Public School.
Public School, operated by Grill Concepts LLC (those behind Grill on the Alley and Daily Grill), is in the works. An ABC license went up recently confirming this transition of concept and ownership. Currently, Public School maintains one location downtown at Flower and 6th.
I’m sad to see Fraiche go. I’ve enjoyed many fine meals at this establishment, and at their location in Santa Monica. Although it is on the pricey side, the food was usually very good, despite the rotation of chefs.
In this economy, some higher end places continue to thrive, but many diners want a good return on their investment. A restaurant that doesn’t deliver will soon be abandoned for eateries that offer good value, and a staff that truly appreciates the patronage of its customers.
Let’s hope Public School delivers what the customers want.
Only time will tell.