CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 2012 |
Campanile, the seminal Los Angeles restaurant founded in 1989 by Mark Peel and his then-wife Nancy Silverton, is closing. Prolific restaurateur Bill Chait and critically acclaimed chef Walter Manzke sealed a deal late Wednesday night to take over the space with plans to install Manzke's envisioned bistro and bakery, Republique, in its place. The storied restaurant, with its distinctly American approach using top-quality farmers' market ingredients, helped set the tone for Los Angeles dining in the 1990s.
June 22, 2010 |
Sixty-two years after Ken Crane started selling early-model television sets out of a storefront on Crenshaw Boulevard, the venerable local chain is going out of business. Over the weekend, the six remaining stores in the Ken Crane's Home Entertainment chain began liquidating their inventory of big-screen TVs, and a big sale drew crowds. But the ongoing sale was bittersweet for Crane's daughter and son, who grew up in the family's stores and took over the company after their father's death in 2004.
June 9, 2010 |
Walt Disney Co. is shutting down most of its ESPN Zone stores, a chain of sports-themed restaurants in seven cities, according to a person familiar with the matter. The only outlets to remain open are those tied to a Disney property, such as the Downtown Disney shopping district in Anaheim. ESPN Zone opened in 1998 to capitalize on ESPN's brand, while bringing Disney's family-friendly atmosphere to the sports bar concept. The upscale eateries serve burgers and brews as walls of big-screen TVs beam baseball and other sporting events into the dining area.
April 29, 2010 |
The long-troubled Koo Koo Roo restaurant chain planned to close 10 of its last 13 locations Wednesday night, its parent company said. The stores are being closed as part of a bankruptcy reorganization announced last week by Magic Brands, the Austin, Texas, company that now owns Koo Koo Roo along with the Fuddruckers hamburger chain. Dwayne Chambers, senior vice president for marketing of Magic Brands, said the chain will continue to operate three of its stores, those in Santa Monica, West Hollywood, and the Larchmont neighborhood of L.A..
April 20, 2010 |
The original Pinkberry location in West Hollywood, also known as the yogurt shop that spawned 1,000 parking tickets, has closed permanently after five years. Pinkberry spokeswoman Mary Sadeghy said the lack of parking contributed to the decision Sunday to close the store at 868 Huntley Drive. She added that it would remain as an administrative building for Los Angeles-based Pinkberry, which now operates 83 frozen yogurt shops worldwide. "We just decided that we had enough other locations within that vicinity to service that market," Sadeghy said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2010 |
Federal officials said Sunday that they have shut down the Van Nuys bus company involved in a crash that killed six people in Arizona as records revealed that the company had skirted government regulation, amassed a poor safety record and was operating off the books. Tierra Santa Inc. President Cayetano Martinez signed a consent decree Friday acknowledging that his company never had federal authorization required to transport passengers over state lines, according to court documents released Sunday.