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May 12, 2009 | Cyndia Zwahlen
Restaurateur Jesse Gomez's plans to serve margaritas and agua fresca cocktails on the patio at his new Yxta Cocina Mexicana eatery in downtown Los Angeles are getting tangled in red tape. The upscale restaurant has a liquor license and permission for indoor alcohol service, but slinging booze on its outdoor terrace apparently will require more than an application to amend a city permit and the $2,015 that Gomez sent to cover fees.
April 29, 2009 | Betty Hallock
Bottega Louie seems too good to be true. And maybe it is. A palatial restaurant/gourmet market/patisserie opens downtown-- a marvel of white marble, brass trim and floor-to-ceiling windows that's aswarm with smiling servers. One look at all those macarons at the pastry counter, and you can almost imagine a world without the reverberations of a subprime credit crisis. Yet not all is springing up roses and viennoiserie at the corner of 7th Street and Grand Avenue in downtown L.A.
March 15, 2009 | Cathleen Decker
Hope and despair have always resided side by side in South Los Angeles, and the hospital complex named for Martin Luther King Jr. has evinced both. It was forced into existence in the tense aftermath of the Watts riots, and nothing has been easy since.
February 18, 2009 | Randy Lewis
The operators behind the Agua Caliente Casino Resort are calling their splashy new 2,001-seat concert hall, the Show, nothing less than "the premier concert theater in Southern California." It's a bold claim, especially considering that the $76-million venue, which feels like a more intimate version of L.A.'s Nokia Theatre, sits outside of Palm Springs. Still, landing veteran rocker Billy Joel to christen the Show late last week was a significant get.
February 17, 2009 | Martha Groves
The Westside will have to wait a bit longer for its coastal shopping-mall fix. The reopening of the reconfigured Santa Monica Place has been postponed several months to mid-2010 to coincide with the opening of a new Bloomingdale's, one of the mall's two department-store anchors. The store will be modeled after the chain's SoHo location, which is smaller than a typical Bloomingdale's and more tailored to the market.
February 14, 2009 | Alana Semuels
Microsoft Corp. is looking for an answer to Apple Inc.'s genius. The Redmond, Wash., software giant plans to open a series of retail stores to show off its goods. It's taking a page from the playbook of its scrappy computer-industry rival, which has boosted sales by opening Apple stores across the globe and stocking its Genius Bar with tech experts. Details about Microsoft's plans for the stores were still scarce Friday.
February 7, 2009 | Roger Vincent
One of New York's best-known photo studios said Friday it will open a large branch in Hollywood to take advantage of America's changing tastes in magazine covers and advertising campaigns. Professional models based in New York were the first choice of magazine editors and big advertisers for decades, said Mazdack Razzi, creative director of Milk Studios. Now they demand celebrities. "Celebrities are the new models," said fashion photographer Alexi Lubomirski, who is himself based in New York.
January 19, 2009 | Randy Lewis
New Orleans, hammered by Hurricane Katrina 3 1/2 years ago and still lurching toward a full recovery, received a helping hand -- and voice -- Saturday. Superstar tenor Placido Domingo culminated a 10-day grand reopening of the city-owned Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, which has undergone $22 million in renovations after being severely damaged by the hurricane flood waters.
December 19, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
Iraqis danced and played traditional music in celebration as Baghdad's renowned Mutanabi book market formally reopened more than 18 months after a truck bomb devastated the center of Iraqi intellectual life. The ceremony for the book market, named after a 10th century Baghdad poet, marks another step in the return to normality in the Iraqi capital.
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