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November 11, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Adam Fleischman's restaurant empire is growing. The founder of Umami Burger has seen huge success with his burger brand in the four years since he opened its first location on La Brea Avenue. There are 20 Umami Burgers around California, plus locations in New York and Florida. But Fleischman says he's just getting started. How big could Umami grow? Fleischman's five-year plan is to open 150 locations worldwide. The same goes for 800 Degrees, the build-your-own-pizza restaurant concept he helped create.
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November 11, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Adam Fleischman's restaurant empire is growing. The founder of Umami Burger has seen huge success with his burger brand in the four years since he opened its first location on La Brea Avenue. There are 20 Umami Burgers around California, plus locations in New York and Florida. But Fleischman says he's just getting started. How big could Umami grow? Fleischman's five-year plan is to open 150 locations worldwide. The same goes for 800 Degrees, the build-your-own-pizza restaurant concept he helped create.
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March 31, 2012 | By Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic
Pininfarina designs Ferraris. Pininfarina designs Maseratis. But on a sleepy Wednesday afternoon in Westwood, the Pininfarina design that is attracting attention is a soda dispenser in the new pizzeria 800 Degrees. Teenagers approach the sleek, glistening slab like apes drawn to the monolith at the beginning of "2001: A Space Odyssey. " This machine, one of the first in the Los Angeles area, dispenses 300 different soft drinks from its maw, all variants on the basic Coca-Cola product line but with every permutation of those you could imagine.
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March 31, 2012 | By Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic
Pininfarina designs Ferraris. Pininfarina designs Maseratis. But on a sleepy Wednesday afternoon in Westwood, the Pininfarina design that is attracting attention is a soda dispenser in the new pizzeria 800 Degrees. Teenagers approach the sleek, glistening slab like apes drawn to the monolith at the beginning of "2001: A Space Odyssey. " This machine, one of the first in the Los Angeles area, dispenses 300 different soft drinks from its maw, all variants on the basic Coca-Cola product line but with every permutation of those you could imagine.
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January 8, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
One thing you may not be able to do this year: Grab a bite at Encounter restaurant at the free-standing Theme Building inside Los Angeles International Airport. It has closed. Whatever new restaurant concepts are being considered and when those ideas might be presented to airport officials is unknown, an airport spokeswoman said Tuesday. Westfield Concession Management , which brought tony eateries such as Umami Burger and 800 Degrees to LAX's expanded Tom Bradley International Terminal amid a splashy rollout last year, is in charge of coming up with those concepts and ideas.
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February 26, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
The gluten-free crowd has spoken, and it wants pizza. It's easy to find gluten-free crusts these days, usually for a small surcharge. What's more elusive is a pizza that's suitable for those with celiac disease - people for whom a just a dusting of ambient wheat flour can mean painful illness. Many pizza chains, including Spin, Fresh Brothers, Pizza Rev, Blaze, Live Basil and L.A.'s own Pitfire, have gluten-free crusts on their menus, though most are not a good bet for people with celiac disease.
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March 1, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
The gluten-free crowd has spoken, and it wants pizza. It's not hard to find gluten-free crusts these days, usually for a surcharge. What's more elusive is a pizza that's suitable for those with celiac disease - people for whom just a dusting of ambient wheat flour can mean painful illness. As Jennifer Harvey, food specialist for MOD Pizza put it: "The gluten-free movement has gotten so big. It's no longer a niche. " 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria: Originally sold a few gluten-free crusts a day, now it's 5% of the business.
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January 6, 2012
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BUSINESS
April 11, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Pizza sales were piping hot well before Pizza Hut revealed its hot-dog-stuffed-crust monstrosity in Britain this week, according to research group Technomic. Now, 41% of consumers say they eat pizza once a week. Two years ago, just 26% did. That's because restaurants are offering more options beyond the cardboard-y dough and oily pepperoni discs of old, according to Technomic . Pies now come with gourmet ingredients and fancy pedigrees. Eateries now advertise how the pizzas are prepped - hearth-baked, wood-fired, made over coals or cooked in a brick oven.
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February 12, 2014 | By Jay Jones
The Southland will meet the Las Vegas Strip when the 1,600-room SLS Las Vegas celebrates its grand opening Aug. 29, just in time for Labor Day weekend L.A.-based sbe Entertainment Group , whose properties include the Abbey nightclub in West Hollywood and the Redbury Hotel in Hollywood, is the company behind SLS, which has a sister hotel of the same name in Beverly Hills. The hip Vegas resort is being carved out of the legendary Sahara Hotel, which closed in May 2011.
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October 19, 1995 | From Times staff and wire reports
An astronomer at Lick Observatory in San Jose has confirmed the existence of a planet orbiting around a star 10 light-years away. Although such a discovery would mark the first known planetary system outside our own, some astronomers remain skeptical of the finding, noting that it would have to circle the star every four days and have a surface temperature of 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit. Swiss astronomers Michel Mayor and Dider Queloz announced Oct.
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June 15, 1987
Commencement ceremonies were held Sunday for four UC San Diego colleges -- Muir, Warren, Revelle and Third -- and the Division of Graduate Studies. Degrees: 2,253 diplomas awarded, including 350 graduate degrees. Other Graduations: UCLA celebrated its 68th commencement in Drake Stadium. Speakers were UCLA Chancellor Charles E. Young, Alumni Assn. President Bea Mandel and Donna D. Ausby, bachelor of arts candidate in applied mathematics.
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