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The Hearth & Hound, April Bloomfield’s Hollywood restaurant, to close

After just over a year, the Hearth & Hound, the Hollywood restaurant by chef April Bloomfield, is closing.

“It is with a heavy heart I announce that the Hearth & Hound will serve its last supper tonight,” the restaurant said in an Instagram post Saturday night. “I thank our guests, friends and supporters for the warm welcome during a tumultuous last year.”

The New American restaurant opened in December 2017 and never seemed to find its footing in Los Angeles. Although Bloomfield arrived from New York as a well-regarded chef behind the Spotted Pig and the Breslin, her L.A. debut was quickly marred by sexual harassment allegations against her business partner, Ken Friedman.

Although Friedman stepped away from the Hearth & Hound and the duo ultimately severed their business ties, accusations that Bloomfield knew about his behavior and didn’t do enough dogged her short tenure in L.A. She responded to the criticism in a lengthy interview with the New York Times in October.

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Despite strong reviews, the restaurant, in the heart of Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard, was often largely empty at night.

In the Instagram post, Bloomfield wrote that she loved L.A. and hoped “one day to cook here again.”

Times staff writer Jenn Harris contributed to this report.

andrea.chang@latimes.com

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