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October 25, 1992 | SHERYL STOLBERG
In a city that has a flair for murder with an ironic twist comes the strange case of Jack's Placita: Jack's is a cavernous beer hall on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles, where polyester-clad crooners sing in Spanish and the decor consists primarily of posters of bikini-clad beach bunnies hoisting Coronas to their sun-kissed lips. It is a place not likely to be found in the newest Guide Michelin.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 1992 | SHERYL STOLBERG
In a city that has a flair for murder with an ironic twist comes the strange case of Jack's Placita: Jack's is a cavernous beer hall on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles, where polyester-clad crooners sing in Spanish and the decor consists primarily of posters of bikini-clad beach bunnies hoisting Coronas to their sun-kissed lips. It is a place not likely to be found in the newest Guide Michelin.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 1992 | DAVID FERRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The bodies of a woman and man were found frozen in a food locker Saturday at a popular downtown Los Angeles restaurant, authorities said, possibly ending the search for a restaurateur and her boyfriend who disappeared nine months ago. Los Angeles police declined to comment on the identities of the bodies discovered at Jack's Placita, a takeout restaurant adjoining the busy Grand Central Market.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 1992 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A downtown restaurateur and her boyfriend are missing--along with about $15,000 in cash--and police say they fear the pair may have been the victims of robbery and murder. Lydia Katash, 40, and Eli Massalton, 30, were last seen about 11 p.m. Jan. 26, a Sunday, shortly before they closed Jack's Placita Restaurant at 327 S. Broadway, said Detective Bud Watts of the Los Angeles Police Department's robbery-homicide division.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1992 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two frozen bodies found in the food locker of a popular downtown restaurant on Saturday had apparently been concealed in the freezer for an extended period of time, police said Monday. But, pending a coroner's investigation, police would say little else about the discovery of the two unidentified bodies, found wrapped in cloth at Jack's Placita restaurant. An autopsy is scheduled for today to determine the cause of death and identity of the victims, police said.
NEWS
September 19, 1993 | IRIS YOKOI
Landlords of the closed Jack's Placita say they will open a food-court-style family eatery in place of the colorful, and problematic, Broadway restaurant and bar. Although alcohol will still be sold, "drinking will be de-emphasized" at the new business, which will "be a place where you can walk in and get different kinds of food," Joseph Hertzberg, co-owner of the building at 327-329 Broadway, said last week.
NEWS
March 21, 1993 | IRIS YOKOI
Jack's Placita, a colorful Broadway bar and restaurant known for its fried shrimp specials, pre-noon cocktails and more recently, the discovery of two bodies in the freezer, is under investigation by city zoning officials. Neighboring merchants have asked a city zoning administrator to order that the beer hall-like eatery at 327 S. Broadway clean up its act or shut its doors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2002 | SCOTT GLOVER and ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Jacob Aminov was a deeply religious man, a devoted father of eight and the kind of friend you could always count on, said those who knew him. So it was not unusual that Aminov, who was also known as Yaakov, offered to drive a longtime friend to the airport Thursday, even on a day when many were worried and his family begged him not to go. "His son was saying to him, 'Don't go. It's dangerous,' " said Aminov's brother-in-law, Mark Ezerzer.
NEWS
July 25, 1993 | IRIS YOKOI
Jack's Placita must clean up its act or the city will close the colorful restaurant and bar, a city zoning official has ruled. Associate zoning administrator Andrew Sincosky ordered in a recent report that the operator of the eatery at 327-329 Broadway must prevent the consumption of alcoholic beverages near the open store front, construct a screen wall to enclose the bar area and open for business an hour later--at 10 a.m. rather than 9.
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