In a blow to the city’s dining scene, chef Lincoln Carson has announced he is closing Bon Temps for good. The Arts District restaurant was one of the most—if not the most—lauded openings of 2019. It was one of Los Angeles’ Best New Restaurants, was recognized by the Los Angeles Times in its annual “101 Best Restaurants,” and made Esquire’s list of Best New Restaurants in America.
Carson, previously a longtime pastry chef for Michael Mina’s restaurant group, offered exquisitely lovely, perfectly conceived meals from breakfast through dinner. Desserts, like his St. Honore cake, were a highlight, as were the croissants and danishes (the Harry’s Berries one in particular), but the lunchtime burger was excellent, the frittata put all others to shame, and the whole chicken was exquisite. After the shutdown, Bon Temps experimented with various takeout options. Donut pop-ups and weekend bake sales sold out quickly, and rightfully so.
In an email, a representative for the restaurant cited the “financial devastation” from the shutdown as the reason Carson had decided to close permanently and noted that the chef was grateful to his hardworking staff and loyal patrons.