In the culinary division of the NBA, a major trade is developing, Vlade Divac for Chris Webber. L'Image French Bistro, the Pavilions restaurant in which Divac was a principal, has closed, confirms his sister-in-law, Jelica Orbovic, who has been running the place since Divac and his wife Ana left town.
Webber, meanwhile, returns to Sacramento next Tuesday for the invitation-only grand opening of his Natomas restaurant Center Court with C-Webb. The restaurant, at 3600 North Freeway Blvd. in the Promenade at Natomas Shopping Center, is to open to the public the next day.
The Divacs and Orbovic remain partners in the casual Old Sacramento nightspot Tunel 21. Orbovic said she decided to close the bistro because "it wasn't doing that great" and because she wants to do "some different things." She will continue to operate L'Image Boutique right next to the restaurant. "I just didn't want to do that any longer," said Orbovic of the bistro. "It's a really gorgeous place, and maybe somebody else can make it successful. I'll be the best customer."