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January 11, 1990 | From Times wire services
New York City was named Thursday as home to four of the 10 highest rent districts in the world, with Tokyo's Ginza topping the list at $675 a square foot. The survey, conducted by Hubert & Peters Inc., a real estate firm, reported that Hong Kong's Nathan Road edged out New York's East 57th Street for second place. The top 10 and their average rents per square foot: 1--The Ginza, Tokyo, $675. 2--Nathan Road, Hong Kong, $550. 3--East 57th Street, New York City, $550.
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MAGAZINE
January 26, 1997
Restaurant critic S. Irene Virbila may have succumbed to a common media disease--the one that makes you believe that if you're writing about it, it must be important ("Fish With a Catch," Dec. 8). Don't misunderstand. I enjoy restaurants. And I appreciate restaurant reviews, especially Virbila's. But to proclaim, as she did in her review of Ginza Sushiko in Beverly Hills, that any meal is "absolutely" worth $250 per person--that's ludicrous. To say that an overpriced meal in this month's faddish spot is worth what for many people is a week's pay shows a distinct lack of perspective.
NEWS
February 27, 1989 | From Associated Press
Thousands of people on Sunday jammed a Tokyo restaurant that sold $15 steak dinners for 55 yen, or 42 cents, to celebrate its 55th anniversary. Lines began forming outside the Suehiro restaurant in the renowned Ginza shopping district three hours before the steakhouse opened Sunday. The bargain dinner included seven ounces of imported beef plus salad and rice. The restaurant expects more than 30,000 customers to take advantage of the three-day offer.
REAL ESTATE
February 4, 1990 | United Press International
The 10 highest rent districts in the world and their average rents per square foot, according to a survey conducted by Hubert & Peters Inc., a real estate firm: The Ginza, Tokyo, $675. Nathan Road, hong Kong, $575. East 57th Street, New York, $550. Fifth Avenue, New York, $510. Madison Avenue, New York, $400. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, Calif., $275. Lexington Avenue, New York, $225. Bond Street, London, $200. Rue du Fauboug Honore, Paris, $175. Orchard Road, Singapore, $175.
FOOD
May 13, 2010 | By Betty Hallock, Los Angeles Times
These are the last days of Sona, the elegant restaurant on La Cienega Boulevard that has been a fixture of Los Angeles' fine-dining scene for nearly eight years. On Saturday, after the final mignardises go out to the last diners, the restaurant will shutter — at least for now. A little more than a year ago, David Myers, Sona's ambitious, photogenic chef-owner, was at the helm of an empire. It included not only his flagship Michelin one-star restaurant but also modern brasserie Comme Ça, a small chain of Boule pastry shops, a commercial baking operation and Italian restaurant Pizzeria Ortica, with more on the way. But with the announced closing of Sona, only Comme Ça and Pizzeria Ortica will remain, and those only with new chefs and new management after a round of firings and departures.
SPORTS
March 7, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
A Japanese jeweler is selling a solid gold replica of soccer star Lionel Messi's left foot -- the one that has made the Argentine star the best player on the planet. But it will cost you: The asking price for the 55-pound statue is $5.25 million. The detailed golden foot -- the statue is complete with blood vessels and swirls of skin on the bottom of the toes -- was created by Tokyo-based jeweler Ginza Tanaka to celebrate Messi's unprecedented Ballon d'Or award in January. Messi is the only player in history to win the FIFA player of the year trophy four times -- and his wins came in consecutive years.
MAGAZINE
December 2, 2001
I was shocked when I saw S. Irene Virbila's four-star review of Ginza Sushi-Ko ("Essence of Excellence," Restaurants, Nov. 11). Early on, she wrote, "Every time I've eaten at Ginza Sushi-Ko, [sushi master Masa Takayama] has come up with something new and startling." Imagine going to a place where there is no menu, you eat what is put before you and pay $300 or more for the privilege. And Virbila apparently has done this frequently. What does the initial "S" stand for? "Snob"? Norman McCracken Northridge I respect Virbila's technical skills as a restaurant critic, but I think there is a thin line between a fine dining experience and being taken as someone's patsy.
NEWS
May 23, 2002 | ANGELA PETTERA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ginza Sushi-Go? Masa Takayama, owner and sushi maof Ginza Sushi-Ko, is considering leaving Beverly Hills. His small, reservation-only restaurant is the most expensive in L.A. (and possibly the country), with prices starting at $300 a head. Takayama has been at his Rodeo Drive location for eight years. His reason for leaving? "I'd like to try a new place," he tells us. "I like to try new things."
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