January 26, 2012 |
Ding. Bzzzt. Bap. Beep. That's the sound of conversation in restaurants these days. Where cellphones once posed a nuisance as people chatted loudly into them during meals, they now present a whole new set of etiquette issues as entire tables disappear into the Internet via small glowing screens. Like an analog world-munching Pac-Man, the modern cellphone has morphed into instant messenger, mailbox, camera, flashlight, computer, map, dictionary, newspaper, personal assistant and social media portal.
August 16, 2011 |
Remember the epic line from Casablanca: “Of all the gin joints, in all the world...?” Well, there was a variation on that theme during President Obama's bus travels Tuesday down America's blue highways. Obama's bus pulled to a stop in the small town of Guttenberg, Iowa, nestled along the Mississippi River, so that the president could have breakfast at a diner with some local business leaders. As the president walked in, trailed by a mob of cameramen and reporters, there sat on a stool by the door one Larkin Edward Rutledge, who was busy celebrating the feats of local boy Jim Thome at the time.
October 3, 2012 |
Echo Park's iconic Brite Spot diner, which has been around for decades, has been given a face-lift that includes a new outdoor dining patio, a new chef and a completely revamped menu. Nightlife queen and designer extraordinaire Dana Hollister (One-Eyed Gypsy, Villains Tavern, Cliff's Edge), who has owned the place for the last eight years, decided it was time to update the space and its food, long popular with the late-night crowd . So she hired chef Darby Aldaco (formerly of Animal )
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August 20, 2011 |
It was 3 a.m., and the booths at Fred 62, a popular Los Feliz diner, were packed. Small groups of clubgoers — women in teetering heels and tight miniskirts, tattooed men in open-neck shirts and fedoras — milled about the sidewalk, waiting for tables. Ahmed Abedin brushed past the crowd and approached the hostess with an unusual appeal. He and about a dozen friends had just come from a mosque; they needed to eat before sunrise, he explained, the start of the daylong fast for Muslims in the holy month of Ramadan.
August 3, 2012 |
The new musical "Diner" could have one less stop on its way to Broadway. Producers have postponed a four-week tryout in San Francisco set to start Oct. 23 at the Curran Theatre. But the show, written by Barry Levinson with a score by Sheryl Crow, is still on track for a spring 2013 Broadway debut, Variety reports . It's unclear whether a new premiere will be planned for San Francisco or another city ahead of the musical's Broadway opening. As previously announced, the show will be directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, who won Tonys for her choreography of "Anything Goes," "The Pajama Game" and "Wonderful Town.
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January 7, 2014 |
Authorities are seeking the public's help in locating a man suspected of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl inside the restroom of a Denny's in Palmdale. The alleged assault occurred on New Year's Day at a Denny's diner in the 37000 block of 47 th Street East, according to L.A. County Sheriff's Sgt. Brian Hudson. Hudson said the incident took place inside the women's restroom at the restaurant. He said the young girl was leaving one of the stalls when the man, who may be homeless, allegedly assaulted her. The man stopped and fled the restaurant when another person entered the restroom.