Yeah, I don't understand all the hatred either. Sure, Vespertine will be remarkably ambitious and it will be different, but I'm not sure how that's a bad thing? Hopefully this becomes an iconic LA spot, the type of restaurant that will shine on an international stage.
Despite Kahn's past transgressions/reputation, I'm rooting for him. Sure, he's out there, but so many great works of art exude their own gravity. Not sure he should be criticized for aiming for the spectacular.