Just because Brian Malarkey got kicked off The Taste doesn't mean he'll be leaving Los Angeles anytime soon; the LA Times reports that Malarkey, a former Top Chef cheftestant, will be opening a restaurant in the Mondrian hotel in West Hollywood this winter.
Last we heard, Malarkey was planning to replace Asia de Cuba in the hotel with seafood restaurant Herringbone (which he opened in La Jolla, Calif.). Malarkey, however, tells LA Times that he has yet to decide which concept to bring to West Hollywood. Searsucker (of which he has four of) showcases New American food, while Herringbone focuses on "ocean-to-table, farm-fresh cuisine," he told the LA Times. The Gabardine, in the meantime, serves relatively straightforward American neighborhood classics.
Malarkey reportedly plans to open his new Mondrian restaurant on Dec. 31, just in time to ring in the new year. Last we heard, Malarkey will also take over room service, catering, and breakfast.