July 17, 1998 |
Bob Burns Restaurant, where many a customer has sipped martinis near the piano bar before heading into the dimly lit dining room for dinner, will close following a New Year's Eve celebration after 31 years at Fashion Island. The restaurant, an original tenant at the tony Newport Beach shopping center, is closing because Fashion Island has opted to feature retail stores at the location when the restaurant's lease expires.
March 12, 1995 |
Bob Burns Restaurant in Santa Monica has been around forever, at least as far as Bonnie Burns is concerned. She practically grew up in the restaurant opened by her parents 37 years ago. "We kids got paid a quarter to clean the silver service trays. We bused tables, the waitresses would hire us to fold napkins. We thought we were having a great time."
October 21, 1990 |
What becomes of old-fashioned restaurants when the years--and their former customers--start passing them by? Some simply slip out of business, giving up the ghost more or less gracefully, as have Scandia, the Cock n' Bull, Carl Andersen's Chatham and the Tail o' the Cock in recent years. Others just keep limping along somehow, probably losing money, probably blaming restaurant critics and a fickle public and almost everybody but themselves.
July 1, 1990
Brentwood Bar and Grille on San Vicente Boulevard is a knockout. Try their grilled chicken breasts with linguini and radicchio for lunch and their lamb chops for dinner. When we don't want to splurge, we go to Bob Burns Restaurant in Santa Monica. Try sharing their bouillabaisse for dinner, or else order their swordfish and start with the Caesar salad. ALAN J. PHILLIPS Santa Monica
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July 17, 1998
James Andrew Willett, 77, a restaurant manager and wine expert, has died in Orange of cardiac complications connected to Alzheimer's disease. Willett, born in Pennsylvania and reared in a Troy, N.Y., orphanage, attended La Salle Military Institute and served in Normandy during World War II. After working in New York's textile industry, he moved to Southern California in 1960.
February 26, 1994 |
Singer Stephanie Haynes has taken matters into her own hands. Her three previous recordings, including the critically praised 1989 release, "Here's That Rainy Day" with pianist Cedar Walton on the Trend/Discovery label, were all for someone else's label. But her latest, "Two on a Swing," is all her own. "I pretty much know what the situation is today with the recording companies--both the majors and the independents," she explains, over the phone from her home in San Juan Capistrano.