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August 4, 1989 | RUTH REICHL
You should probably know that although they will gladly take your reservation when you call, and although the sign at the desk loudly proclaims "reservations taken," they do not really take reservations at the new El Torito Grill, 9595 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, (213) 550-1599. What they do is put you at the head of the waiting list when you arrive.
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September 15, 2000
LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE (949) 497-2787 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach Seating capacity: 420 PARKING: Limited parking in Playhouse lot from September-June, $3 City lot across from theater, $3 DINING: Table Service: Romeo Cucina Ocean Brewing Co. Bombay Duck Indian Restaurant Villa Romana Cedar Creek Inn IRVINE BARCLAY THEATER (949) 854-4646 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine Seating capacity: 756 PARKING: Parking structure behind theater, $4 DINING: (All restaurants are in the Marketplace mall across from UC Irvine)
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August 5, 1993 | ANNE MICHAUD, Anne Michaud is a staff writer for The Times Orange County Edition
The tragic explosion of a water heater on Sunday at El Torito Grill in Fashion Island will leave the restaurant's doors closed until about mid-September, said Lee Healy, a company spokeswoman. The explosion killed one person, injured five and destroyed several rooms inside the restaurant. The restaurant's parent company, Restaurant Enterprises Group in Irvine, has set up counseling for the 25 employees who were there when the explosion occurred, Healy said.
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August 21, 2000 | Claudia Figueroa, (949) 574-4268
Attorney Tom Bois will discuss "Methane Gas: A Technical and Legal Challenge to Residential and Commercial Development," tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Women's Environmental Council dinner at El Torito Grill, 633 Anton Blvd. Cost for members, $20; nonmembers, $25. Information: (949) 752-3205.
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February 13, 1987 | CHARLES PERRY
Why are all these snappy dressers crowding into an El Torito? Why is there a mob in the bar waiting 40 minutes for a table on a Thursday night? Are they all dying for Cadillac Margaritas, or possibly El Torito's new discovery, the Blue Margarita? No. You see, this is not just an El Torito; it is the El Torito Grill (or G-R-I-L-L, as it is emphatically spelled on the door). Yes, you can get Cadillac Margaritas, but the menu doesn't look like any El Torito you ever saw.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 15, 1989 | CHARLES PERRY
Hold on, compadre , this is no El Torito. It's an El Torito Grill , the new Beverly Hills branch of a tiny chain within the El Torito chain. Instead of dark booths and wrought iron, it has light-colored, adobe-like walls spotted with Navajo designs, a trompe l'oeil ceiling of a desert sunset, and imposing masses of neon and gleaming black tile. There's practically no overlap between its menu and a traditional El Torito's, apart from the occasional Cadillac Margarita.
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November 4, 1993 | ANNE MICHAUD
El Torito Grill in Fashion Island will reopen for dinner on Wednesday, after a three-month closure that resulted from a water tank explosion. The Aug. 1 accident left one man dead and five people injured and damaged several rooms inside the restaurant. The renovated restaurant features a new patio, new uniforms and a revised menu.
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September 20, 1994 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cal/OSHA is investigating an accident at the El Torito Grill at Fashion Island in which a 24-year-old employee lost three fingers after his hand became stuck in a tortilla-making machine. Although the incident happened Sept. 12, the state's industrial safety agency wasn't informed until Monday, prompting one official to say the restaurant may have violated state law requiring serious accidents to be reported within 48 hours.
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August 21, 2000 | Claudia Figueroa, (949) 574-4268
Attorney Tom Bois will discuss "Methane Gas: A Technical and Legal Challenge to Residential and Commercial Development," tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Women's Environmental Council dinner at El Torito Grill, 633 Anton Blvd. Cost for members, $20; nonmembers, $25. Information: (949) 752-3205.
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August 23, 1993
The Hard Rock Cafe will hold a fund-raiser Tuesday for the family of Antonio De Santiago, the bartender who was killed in the Aug. 1 explosion at El Torito Grill at Fashion Island. Proceeds from barbecue will be contributed to a college trust fund for De Santiago's two daughters, Eloisa, 14, and Mireya, 11. "We are very grateful for the support we have gotten from the community," said Lee Healy, spokeswoman for El Torito Restaurants, which has already contributed more than $10,000 to the family.
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December 1, 1994 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, Benjamin Epstein is a free-lance writer who regularly contributes to the Times Orange County. Information for this column can be faxed to (714) 966-7790. Or phone (714) 966-7700.
Whether it's toys for toppings or toys for tamales--or even cans for crema al caramello --Christmas season charity drives are underway at a number of area restaurants. Amici Trattoria makes sure you get your just desserts when you donate even one canned good, which will entitle you to the complimentary dessert of your choice. ( Crema al caramello is vanilla flan.) Packaged produce and unwrapped children's toys are also welcome. The drive continues through Dec.
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September 20, 1994 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cal/OSHA is investigating an accident at the El Torito Grill at Fashion Island in which a 24-year-old employee lost three fingers after his hand became stuck in a tortilla-making machine. Although the incident happened Sept. 12, the state's industrial safety agency wasn't informed until Monday, prompting one official to say the restaurant may have violated state law requiring serious accidents to be reported within 48 hours.
NEWS
November 4, 1993 | ANNE MICHAUD
El Torito Grill in Fashion Island will reopen for dinner on Wednesday, after a three-month closure that resulted from a water tank explosion. The Aug. 1 accident left one man dead and five people injured and damaged several rooms inside the restaurant. The renovated restaurant features a new patio, new uniforms and a revised menu.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1993
The Hard Rock Cafe will hold a fund-raiser Tuesday for the family of Antonio De Santiago, the bartender who was killed in the Aug. 1 explosion at El Torito Grill at Fashion Island. Proceeds from barbecue will be contributed to a college trust fund for De Santiago's two daughters, Eloisa, 14, and Mireya, 11. "We are very grateful for the support we have gotten from the community," said Lee Healy, spokeswoman for El Torito Restaurants, which has already contributed more than $10,000 to the family.
NEWS
August 5, 1993 | ANNE MICHAUD, Anne Michaud is a staff writer for The Times Orange County Edition
The tragic explosion of a water heater on Sunday at El Torito Grill in Fashion Island will leave the restaurant's doors closed until about mid-September, said Lee Healy, a company spokeswoman. The explosion killed one person, injured five and destroyed several rooms inside the restaurant. The restaurant's parent company, Restaurant Enterprises Group in Irvine, has set up counseling for the 25 employees who were there when the explosion occurred, Healy said.
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August 3, 1993 | ALICIA DI RADO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mireya and Eloisa De Santiago say they lost their best friend on Sunday. They lost their father. Mireya, 11, and Eloisa, 14, spent much of Monday crying for Antonio De Santiago, a 39-year-old bartender who was killed in an explosion the day before at a Newport Beach restaurant. As his relatives and friends struggled to make sense of his death Sunday, many used the same words to remember him. "Everybody, everybody loved him," said Mireya, sobbing.
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December 1, 1994 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, Benjamin Epstein is a free-lance writer who regularly contributes to the Times Orange County. Information for this column can be faxed to (714) 966-7790. Or phone (714) 966-7700.
Whether it's toys for toppings or toys for tamales--or even cans for crema al caramello --Christmas season charity drives are underway at a number of area restaurants. Amici Trattoria makes sure you get your just desserts when you donate even one canned good, which will entitle you to the complimentary dessert of your choice. ( Crema al caramello is vanilla flan.) Packaged produce and unwrapped children's toys are also welcome. The drive continues through Dec.
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July 2, 1992 | BEVERLY BUSH SMITH, Beverly Bush Smith is a free-lance writer who regularly covers restaurant news for The Times Orange County Edition. and
A star-spangled Fourth of July celebration will unfurl Saturday at the Ritz-Carlton with a concert and buffet barbecue dinner. The buffet, from 5 to 8 p.m. on the ocean-front lawn, will include salads, grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, honey-dipped chicken, apple pie and ice cream sundaes. It's $45 per person, $20 for children ages 5 to 12. The 7 p.m. concert will star the All American Boys Chorus. The address: 33533 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point.
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