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January 14, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Belle Clementine restaurant experiment ends; Silicon Valley job awaits

David Sanford file photo by Nancy Leson

David Sanford file photo by Nancy Leson

On Feb. 8, after a few more weeks of communal meals, David Sanford is closing the doors at Belle Clementine, his experimental Ballard business that felt like a dinner party as much as a restaurant.

The chef-restaurateur is heading down to a new job in California — as chief of staff for entrepreneur Reid Hoffman, the co-founder of LinkedIn, the online network for professional connections. The businessman “is incredibly generous and he aspires to do great things with his resources. He is starting to formulate (plans) and think more deeply about that,” creating an opening for someone with Sanford’s bent. (Sanford will be working for Hoffman himself, not for LinkedIn or his Greylock Partners venture capital firm.)

It’s not as much of a jump as it might seem.

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