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April 22, 1998 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jay Nuccio is open to suggestions. The new owner of the Crazy Horse Steak House is an unassuming, middle-aged man of medium height and build, with flecks of gray in his wavy hair and furrows in his brow. Last summer, he bought the restaurant and its attached 250-seat concert hall--a darkened box of scuffed wooden planks and floorboards that shines with one of the most gleaming reputations a small concert venue ever had. After spending seven years in Portland, Ore., operating two Carl's Jr.
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May 2, 1998
New Crazy Horse Steak House owner Jay Nuccio shouldn't be cowed by the longtime high profile of [former owner] Fred Reiser ("A Horse of a Different Color," April 22). Singers who, according to billionaire broker Warren Buffet, owe their success to oddly shaped adenoids, can't do without venues like the Horse. B.J. Thomas, who thinks Reiser can't be beat, had better give Mr. Nuccio a chance before he winds up playing food tastings. BILL DOTY Dana Point
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May 2, 1998
New Crazy Horse Steak House owner Jay Nuccio shouldn't be cowed by the longtime high profile of [former owner] Fred Reiser ("A Horse of a Different Color," April 22). Singers who, according to billionaire broker Warren Buffet, owe their success to oddly shaped adenoids, can't do without venues like the Horse. B.J. Thomas, who thinks Reiser can't be beat, had better give Mr. Nuccio a chance before he winds up playing food tastings. BILL DOTY Dana Point
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April 22, 1998 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jay Nuccio is open to suggestions. The new owner of the Crazy Horse Steak House is an unassuming, middle-aged man of medium height and build, with flecks of gray in his wavy hair and furrows in his brow. Last summer, he bought the restaurant and its attached 250-seat concert hall--a darkened box of scuffed wooden planks and floorboards that shines with one of the most gleaming reputations a small concert venue ever had. After spending seven years in Portland, Ore., operating two Carl's Jr.
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March 26, 1992 | Chris Woodyard Times staff writer
200th Carl's Jr.: While attention has been focused on the Carl's Jr. expansion into China, the parent company has been expanding its domestic franchising, as well. Carl Karcher Enterprises just opened its 200th franchise unit, in Portland, Ore. The Carl's Jr. is the company's seventh outlet in Oregon. The company plans to open five more Carl's Jr. outlets in Portland within 18 months. Jay Nuccio, the franchisee in Portland, said he hopes that Carl's Jr.
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July 10, 1997
Santa Ana's Crazy Horse Steak House & Saloon, often lauded as one of the nation's top nightclubs for country and western entertainment, is being sold to a Los Angeles restaurant owner. Jay Nuccio, co-owner of Little Joe's Italian restaurant in Chinatown, is buying the Crazy Horse, a 250-seat club that for 18 years has featured such stars as Johnny Cash and Tammy Wynette. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. Nuccio said the club's format won't change.
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March 13, 2000 | RANDY LEWIS
After making a living playing country music for more than 40 years, Merle Haggard has been through the swinging doors of as many honky-tonks as probably anyone alive. So his thumbs-up to the Crazy Horse Steak House's new site in Irvine should cause of sigh of relief for Southland country music fans, as well as club owners Jay Nuccio and Brad "Paco" Miller Jr., who acknowledged the giant gamble they were taking in tinkering with one of the most honored institutions in modern country music.
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July 10, 1997 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Crazy Horse Steak House & Saloon, lauded for years as one of the nation's top country-western clubs, is being sold to a Los Angeles restaurant owner. The intimate 250-seat club, which has hosted a remarkable talent parade for 18 years, will continue its current format, managing partner Fred Reiser said Wednesday. The Crazy Horse is being purchased by Jay Nuccio, co-owner of Little Joe's, a landmark Italian restaurant in Los Angeles' Chinatown.
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April 17, 1999 | MIKE BOEHM and LESLIE EARNEST, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Crazy Horse Steak House, one of the most admired country music venues in the nation, will relocate from its longtime spot in Santa Ana to the Irvine Spectrum Center, where the club will more than double its concert seating in hopes of landing more big acts than its current capacity of 250 will allow.
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November 15, 1999 | RANDY LEWIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For tonight's final big-name concert at California's most-honored country music club, the owners turned to the prime architect of California country music: Buck Owens. While most people identify Owens as the co-host of the corny long-running variety series "Hee Haw," country music lovers know him as the man who used Chuck Berry-like stinging guitar licks and driving rock 'n' roll bass and drums on his records.
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November 22, 2000 | RANDY LEWIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Disco at the Crazy Horse Steak House? Not only is it true, it's a surprise success story in the year since the nationally known country music showplace moved from its longtime Santa Ana home to a new venue twice the size in the Irvine Spectrum. "The biggest change for us has been tapping into the desires of our existing customers and finding a formula that fits with what the general Irvine Spectrum customer is looking for," said Crazy Horse majority owner Jay Nuccio.
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December 30, 1999 | RANDY LEWIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Most New Year's Eve concerts around the Southland will have built-in emotional impact as the clock strikes 12 and ushers in 2000. But when Diamond Rio plays the Crazy Horse Steak House--for two decades one of the nation's top country-music venues--on Friday, it will ring in not just a new year but a whole new Crazy Horse.
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