Josiah Citrin’s Reimagined Melisse Debuts Alongside Sister Spot Citrin

Closed since March, the chef’s Santa Monica space is now home to a pair of concepts
Andy Wang • Los Angeles Magazine • December 26, 2019
In the middle of 2018, chef Josiah Citrin was at a crossroads. The lease for Melisse, the Santa Monica tasting-menu institution he had operated for nearly two decades, was ending in 2019. He had earned two Michelin stars and ascended to the top of...
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