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Perfecto Rocher is out, Ricardo Zarate is in at Smoke.Oil.Salt restaurant

Perfecto Rocher is out, Ricardo Zarate is in at Smoke.Oil.Salt restaurant

Perfecto Rocher is out at Smoke.Oil.Salt restaurant and Ricardo Zarate is in, at least for a little while. “Perfecto did a great job getting us to this point, but moving forward we need to be able to move in a more casual direction,” said the Los Angeles restaurant’s operating partner and wine director, Stephen Gelber. “We want to move back a little closer to what I had originally envisioned for the restaurant  -- an amazing wine bar with the highest quality Spanish food and wine in a very casual vibrant setting -- punk rock fine dining.” Rocher, who put the year-old restaurant on the map with his authentic Spanish dishes, says he’s going to...

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