David Wilhelm's eponymously-named "chophouse" at the Irvine Marketplace has closed. This place had been French 75 Brasserie (also a part of Wilhelm's restaurant group) until it was re-branded sometime around the beginnning of this year IIRC. A sign posted on the front entrance says that regrettably in these bad economic times they had to close their doors, and that gift cards etc would be honored at their other locations.
I'm sad to see this place go - my wife and I had really enjoyed it when it was still the French 75 Brasserie - we loved the fact that it was a nice place with some well-made food and nearby - we loved the swanky lounge, the great frites, and the interesting wine list. When they changed over to a "chophouse", I think I could see the writing on the wall, that they were struggling a bit. Oh well I hope that this is not a harbinger of things to come in terms of the vitality of our local restaurants, we'll see I guess.