CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 |
Bill Elwell doesn't want any more customers, but they just keep coming. "Is McDonald's closed today?" he likes to grunt to those lined up outside his tiny burger stand in an industrial pocket of the San Fernando Valley. "Why is everyone here? Go down the street!" Elwell is 87 and cranky, and folks can't seem to get enough of him. It's been 49 years since Elwell took to the grill of his 10-by-20-foot burger stand on Oxnard Street where Van Nuys meets Sherman Oaks. He once flipped a burger from grill to floor to shush a customer complaining about too much mayonnaise.
February 13, 2014 |
Burger King reported Thursday that profits soared 37% in the fourth quarter as the company reduced costs and benefited from growth overseas and the popularity of new menu items. The fast-food giant, which operates 13,600 restaurants in more than 90 countries, said it earned $66.8 million in the quarter, compared with $48.6 million in the same period the year before. Revenue for the quarter was $265 million, down $405 million, a result of the franchising of many company-owned restaurants.
January 2, 2014 |
Yogurtland Chief Executive Phillip Chang, founder of the Irvine-based self-serve yogurt chain, is relinquishing his head honcho post to concentrate on religious charity work. Chief Operating Officer Huntley Castner, who joined Yogurtland in 2011 from Panda Express parent Panda Restaurant Group, will step into Chang's shoes. In a statement, Yogurtland said Chang recently turned 50 and sought to “expand and deepen his focus on Christian mission activities.” Chang founded Yogurtland in 2006.
December 30, 2013 |
The latest entry in the fast-food value menu competition comes from Burger King, with the launch of its King Deals on Monday. The offerings include more than 20 items that are priced starting at $1. The list includes the new Rodeo Crispy Chicken sandwich and the Rodeo Burger -- both a dollar each -- as well as chicken nuggets, a double cheeseburger and a crispy chicken wrap. If that sounds mighty familiar to the value menu at another quick-service giant, consider that McDonald's updated its Dollar Menu just this fall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2013 |
Pico Rivera residents Luz and Jose Mendez arrived at Los Angeles International Airport around 8 a.m. Friday to catch a flight to Cancun for vacation. Before they boarded, the couple decided to stop at the Terminal 3 Starbucks for coffee. In line, they suddenly saw a group of people running toward them and then heard a series of gunshots. “Down! Down! Down! There's a shooter!” someone yelled. MORE: Eyewitness accounts of LAX shooting In the terminal food court, Demetrius Trammel was inside the Gladstone's 4 Fish restaurant kitchen when he saw a mob of people running frantically.
October 28, 2013 |
Burger King stock was on the upswing Monday after the fast-food company said its profit surged nearly 33% in the third quarter, beating predictions from Wall Street. The Miami-based company said its adjusted net income soared to $81.1 million, or 23 cents a share, from $61.1 million, or 17 cents a share, during the same period a year earlier. Revenue at the chain, which last month unveiled its Satisfries line of lower-fat French fries, tanked 40% to $275.1 million but still exceeded estimates.