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When it comes to the shuttering of West County Grill, maybe Jonathan Waxman's absence wasn't entirely to blame for the restaurant's fall from grace: "There are those who speculate that chef Jonathan Waxman abandoned the restaurant, but others point out that he was always a behind-the-scenes partner ... Partner Stephen Singer's longtime connection to Chez Panisse (he was married to Alice Waters and is the father of Fanny, Alice's daughter) may have hurt more than it helped by creating both a false impression and too-high expectations. Chez Panisse is unique; it is what it is because of the vision and passion of Alice Waters and will never be replicated." [PD, previously]