October 12, 1999 |
Hoping to end its bankruptcy drama as a smaller but profitable company, Planet Hollywood International closed nine of its company-owned restaurants Monday, including one in Santa Ana. Robert Earl, the co-founder and chief executive of the movie-themed chain, said he hopes a new Orange County location will replace the "underperforming" restaurant across from South Coast Plaza.
January 12, 2010 |
Thursday, two days after the Fresno Metropolitan Museum of Art & Science closed its doors to the public for the last time, the atmosphere inside resembled a wake. In one hall, an exhibition on "The Art of Dr. Seuss" was being entombed in packing crates. Alongside the museum's lobby, the gift shop's shelves had been nearly stripped bare. Upstairs, at the nexus of the museum's fifth-floor offices, a lone employee sifted through the contents of a filing cabinet. Not a single ringing phone or casual scrap of conversation could be heard in the virtually empty halls.
December 18, 1991 |
Andy Warhol should have said something about Los Angeles nightclubs and their 15 minutes in the spotlight. The chic China Club in Hollywood, about 1 1/2 years old, may be seeing its last days this week. General manager Dominick J.
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May 10, 1993 |
The "foodski, funski and brewski" are gone-ski. Gorky's is kaput. Twelve years after downtown's best-known bohemian hangout opened in the name of cheap java for the working class, Gorky's Cafe and Russian Brewery has quietly shut down, leaving nothing but the coffeepot and a bill for back rent. "So Long, L.A.," reads the sign on the window. "They done cleared out," nodded a panhandler in a nearby cardboard box.
August 6, 2005 |
There's an undeniable reality shaping up in shopping land: Midrange department stores have been suffering a nerve-jangling, long-term identity crisis that's practically scared off their shoppers. The effects became clear late last month when Federated Department Stores Inc. announced that by early next year it would close 68 of the midpriced Robinsons-May stores, including 14 in Southern California and 21 in the region.
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October 21, 1995 |
After nearly 20 years of serving up what it billed as "grandma's recipes," downtown landmark Mazzotti's Italian Restaurant has gone out of business. In June, the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control suspended the restaurant's liquor license because of complaints about noise and code violations.
March 14, 1991 |
Buffums, a Southern California department store chain that opened as a dry goods shop 87 years ago, announced Wednesday that it will close its doors for good at the end of May. The widely anticipated shutdown will eliminate the jobs of 1,100 full-time employees and 300 part-time workers. The company's 16 stores extend from Glendale to San Diego; its headquarters and distribution center are in Long Beach. Buffums' closing follows a long-term decline by the retailer, leading to losses of $4.
November 19, 1997 |
After spending nearly 5 years and $24 million to develop an engine technology that it promised would revolutionize the auto industry, Rosen Motors will close its doors on Friday because it couldn't persuade any major car manufacturers to buy into its vision. Launched in 1993 by Harold Rosen, a renowned aerospace engineer, and his brother Ben, a legendary venture capitalist and chairman of Compaq Computer Corp., Rosen Motors aimed to develop a turbine-flywheel powertrain for passenger cars.
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January 30, 2010 |
The Schwarzenegger administration plans to close one of California's last large institutional care centers for people with profound developmental disabilities. The 82-year old Lanterman Developmental Center in Pomona, which houses 398 people with severe autism, cerebral palsy and other lifelong disabilities, could shut its doors within two years, said Terri Delgadillo, director of the state Department of Developmental Services. The population of the 302-acre campus has dwindled from a peak of nearly 3,000 in the late 1960s, when a change in state law discouraged housing the developmentally disabled in large institutions.
July 26, 2006 |
TWO of Los Angeles' quintessential restaurants will soon disappear off the city's dining map. After 29 years of serving French haute cuisine to Angelenos, L'Orangerie "will be no more," says owner Gerard Ferry. He has sold the restaurant -- a package deal that includes everything in the restaurant, including the well-stocked wine cellar, to Nobu Matsuhisa and his original partner in the Nobu chain of restaurants, Robert De Niro, for an undisclosed price.