ADIEU TO LES DEUX: Without warning, L.A.’s hippest hideout closed its doors New Year’s Eve, with nary a farewell toast. Les Deux Cafes, the storied eatery once favored by Tom Ford, Uma Thurman and Cameron Diaz, among others, now has a padlock at its gates instead of a doorman, as several would-be diners discovered when they showed up last week.

Insiders say business began to decline when owner Michelle Lamy moved to Paris with boyfriend Rick Owens last year. “It closed because the business just wasn’t doing well enough to support it. We knew that once Michelle left, it would only be a matter of time before it died out, but the way it happened was really awful. No one was paid for the last three weeks of work,” said one former employee.

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Under the management of Lamy’s ex, Richard Newton, bills went unpaid and investors became irate. “A few things have to be sorted out. Nothing is definite,” said Newton, but staffers are already looking for new jobs. Meanwhile, Lamy now holds court at Paris’ L’Avenue, where she occupies the front table most nights.