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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1993 | SCOTT GLOVER
The owners of an interactive laser arena, in which opponents attempt to "blast" one another with high-powered light beams to earn points on a scoreboard, have sought the approval of a Sherman Oaks homeowners association in expanding their operation. The owners of Lazersport Amusement Center, which is housed in La Reina Fashion Mall at 14622 Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks, want to install 30 arcade games in their facility.
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August 5, 1994 | STEVE APPLEFORD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Steve Appleford writes regularly about music for The Times
Robbie Schwyzer was a junior high school kid in the 1970s, a little rocker in a "Disco Sucks" T-shirt. But Vinnie Guiseppi Tortelli is a singing- dancing drummer with perfect hair and tight polyester pants. He's a crusader in a band called the Boogie Knights, trapped in a rhythm and a decade once considered unmentionable.
NEWS
October 21, 1994 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
Most people enjoy radio station KROQ-FM's call-in advice program "Loveline" from the privacy of their homes and cars. Others prefer a more active experience, listening along with fellow patrons at the Insomnia Cafe in Sherman Oaks, where the show is broadcast over the stereo system each Wednesday night. THE LOVE: Reaction was mixed among Insomniacs about having the problems of lovelorn radio callers piped into their evening.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 1993 | KURT PITZER
A Los Angeles city hearing is set today for the owner of an embattled Sherman Oaks coffeehouse to appeal restrictions on his business that were imposed after some nearby residents complained that its late-night patrons are too loud. The Board of Zoning Appeals will consider waiving conditions that the Insomnia Cafe, 13718 Ventura Blvd., close at midnight Fridays and Saturdays and 10 p.m. the rest of the week and that the owners hire two security guards for duty after 5 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 1993 | SCOTT GLOVER
Top city zoning officials are expected to hand down a decision today on the fate of an embattled Sherman Oaks coffeehouse. The Board of Zoning Appeals is expected to either uphold or reject a set of restrictions placed on the Insomnia Cafe in March after it was deemed a "public nuisance," by a city zoning administrator. Twelve restrictions were imposed on the cafe at 13718 Ventura Blvd., including an order to cut back its late-night hours and provide security guards after 5 p.m.
NEWS
May 18, 2001
Some places to grab a bite: Authentic Cafe, 7605 Beverly Blvd., (323) 939-4626. An eclectic menu of sausage and eggs, Jamaican jerk chicken, grilled vegetable plates, Asian noodle salads and more, for about $8 to $14. Crowded with palm fronds, the patio feels like a tropical oasis. Canter's, 419 N. Fairfax Ave., one block north of Beverly, (323) 651-2030.
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