October 24, 2001 |
Ritz, a longtime Newport Beach fine-dining establishment, has been sold to a Las Vegas restaurateur who promises to preserve its famed Continental cuisine. Ritz owner Hans Prager, 71, who has been in failing health, agreed to sell the restaurant to Fred Glusman, who owns an upscale Italian restaurant, Piero's, in Las Vegas. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
November 23, 1989
Caroline Ahmanson, Harry Bubb and Betty Moss, from left, live it up at the Ritz restaurant in Newport Beach on Sunday after the presentation of Business in the Arts awards to 13 local businesses. Receiving awards were: Five Feet restaurant, Tiffany & Co., Trammel Crow Co./Winthrop Financial Associates, Ford Motor Co., KPMG Peat Marwick Main & Co., First Interstate Bank, Pacific Bell/Pacific Telesis, Security Pacific Corp, and The Times Orange County. Also receiving awards were the Irvine Co., C.
June 9, 1989
The following are summaries of recent Times restaurant reviews. Ferrantelli, 25001 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point. (714) 493-1401. Open Mondays through Fridays 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sundays through Thursdays 5:30 to 10, Fridays and Saturdays till 11. Ferrantelli is an engaging dockside pasta house that doesn not take a lot of chances but offers solid meals. The house antipasto, a stunning palette of color and taste, gives an idea of the type of effort the kitchen puts in with its limited skill.
September 25, 1987 |
Nothing like a little la dolce vita to make an Italian lady feel at home. While she's rubbed elbows with Princess Caroline of Monaco, posed for the cover of Italy's slickest boating magazine and cruised to Newport Beach aboard an Italian freighter, Mercedes is a nobody in Newport Beach. But not for long.
April 29, 1993 |
Alan Greeley of the Golden Truffle in Costa Mesa was named chef of the year, and Peter Jepsen of the Ritz in Newport Beach was named maitre d' of the year by the Southern California Restaurant Writers at their annual meeting this month. Four restaurants in Orange County--Antoine in Newport Beach, Antonello Ristorante in Santa Ana, the Cellar in Fullerton and JW's in Anaheim--each received a Golden Sceptre award, the top honor given by the writers.
August 4, 1989 |
The escrow for the sale of the Hemingways in Corona del Mar, reported in this space in June, has fallen through. So owners Randy and Allison Johnson are regrouping in preparation to open again. "I'm a survivor," Randy Johnson says. "The situations before are past, and we have a great name and reputation, a facility intact, young and upcoming talent.' That talent includes new maitre d' and manager Sean Hunter and new chef John Iverson. Iverson, 29, is a graduate of Newport Harbor High.