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.
November 22, 2012 |
Matthew Moy could barely contain himself, almost leaping out of his chair at an outdoor Beverly Hills cafe with excitement. "See this?" Moy exclaimed, showing off the bronze clip on his dark tie, which read, "This is a horcrux. " The "2 Broke Girls" costar chuckled, amused that his presentation had attracted only a quizzical expression from his table mate. "A horcrux is what is used by a dark wizard or witch to hide a part of their soul. You obviously aren't that familiar with Harry Potter.
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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October 25, 2012 |
Some diners feel like all diners. They feel like your diner from your first step inside. Chips '50s Cafe in Hawthorne is familiar in that way - not just because of its faux-wood-grain formica countertops, its retro gas-pump gum ball machine, its sun-faded, forever-young images of Marilyn, Elvis, James Dean. Until this week, chances are if you walked into Chips a stranger, Filimon Lamas would greet you as a long-lost friend. PHOTOS: Chips diner He was there almost every day, all day - before Chips opened at 6 a.m., after it closed at 8 p.m. He was always smiling.
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.