Superstar chef Traci Des Jardins abruptly closes Los Altos cafe after 6 months in small business

On March 24, acclaimed chef Traci Des Jardins’ upscale Cal-Mex restaurant, El Alto, created its extended-awaited debut in Los Altos as the anchor of the new Condition Street Current market food items hall. It was her to start with culinary venture south of San Francisco, her first in Silicon Valley.

On Saturday, just six months later on, El Alto’s Facebook web page declared the restaurant’s abrupt closure:

Chef Traci Des Jardins opened El Alto with fellow chef Robert Hurtado in downtown Los Altos. (Picture by Aubrie Select for El Alto) 

“As of September 23, 2022, el Alto has ceased functions,” the observe reported. “Thank you to all that have supported the cafe by means of this time, particularly our splendidly supportive attendees and our workers.”

On Instagram, Des Jardins wrote: “Sadly, yesterday was our final company at @elaltolosaltos. It has been extraordinary to operate in Los Altos where by the fascination, exhilaration, and reception to the restaurant blew me absent. It was a fantastic experience to once again function alongside Chef Robert Hurtado, as perfectly as the astounding kitchen area and entrance-of-house personnel that labored to deliver this idea to life. I beloved listening to the responses from friends as we interacted in the eating home. At the close of the day, I’m extremely very pleased and grateful to have been a element of this undertaking.”

No explanation was presented for the shutdown. The restaurant’s internet site, with menu, was inactive by Saturday afternoon.

El Alto’s opening came a few decades after the James Beard Award-profitable Des Jardins closed her significantly-lauded Jardiniere cafe in San Francisco subsequent a 21-year operate. Her other S.F. culinary ventures have involved Arguello, Commissary, Mijita Cocina Mexicana and General public House. She has appeared on “Top Chef Masters.”

During the planning and construction phases of the Peninsula cafe, Des Jardins explained El Alto as a celebration of “the wealthy history of the early California-Mexican ranchos and the agrarian roots of the Bay Spot.” A Fresno space indigenous whose mom is of Mexican descent, she teamed up Hurtado, a Central Coastline native with Mexican roots.

El Alto, which served dinner four evenings a week, has an over-all ranking of four stars on Yelp, though the most current testimonials had been one particular-star and two-star reviews this month that faulted the restaurant for lack of workers and gradual services.