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November 13, 1991 | JOHN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
La Serre, for many years the San Fernando Valley's most prestigious restaurant, has closed, an owner said Tuesday, citing competition and the reluctance of even big spenders to patronize expensive restaurants in a recession.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1991 | JOHN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
La Serre, for many years the San Fernando Valley's most prestigious restaurant, has closed, an owner said Tuesday, citing competition and the reluctance of even big spenders to patronize expensive restaurants in a recession.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 1990 | JERRY BAKALYAN, CO-OWNER OF LA SERRE
"I do not resent criticism, even when, for the sake of emphasis, it parts for the time with reality," wrote Winston Churchill in 1941. We couldn't agree more. Criticism is healthy when properly directed. If we thought La Serre were perfect, we wouldn't strive to improve it daily. We expect restaurant critics to be tough and professional--and to be fair. And to do their homework.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 1991 | MAX JACOBSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The salsa music came on just after 10, as we were finishing our souffles. We were actually on the last sips of our coffee, having endured an interminable tape of Tom Jones hits. Two of my friends breathed sighs of relief, a third made air castanets a la Carmen Miranda. If we had been in the mood for torch singing, we might have had a perfect evening. Music aside, there is much to recommend about Villas Garden, a French-inspired restaurant located on Canoga Park's far west side.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 1991 | MAX JACOBSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The salsa music came on just after 10, as we were finishing our souffles. We were actually on the last sips of our coffee, having endured an interminable tape of Tom Jones hits. Two of my friends breathed sighs of relief, a third made air castanets a la Carmen Miranda. If we had been in the mood for torch singing, we might have had a perfect evening. Music aside, there is much to recommend about Villas Garden, a French-inspired restaurant located on Canoga Park's far west side.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 1992 | LAURIE OCHOA
Patina's Joachim and Christine Splichal have held nothing back with their new bistro, Pinot, on the site of the old La Serre restaurant in Studio City. First they had Cheryl Brantner--she designed Patina and Bikini--clear out La Serre's infamous gazebo, and let her create a fantastic bistro space full of mirrors, grainy black-and-white photos, antique light fixtures, plenty of wood, a fireplace and a giant, old clock face. Magritte, let's eat.
NEWS
August 2, 1990 | SUE REILLY
Old Times There are more than 30 whopping days until school starts, and you've taken the children everywhere that might amuse, entertain, exhaust, enthrall or otherwise engage their tiny attention spans. They want more and they want it now. Try taking them back in time by introducing them to local history. It is not true that everything in the San Fernando Valley was built the day before yesterday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 1991 | JOCELYN Y. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After several years of operating the Stardust Limousine Co., owner Mike Haggerty had heard just about every con game around. But when he received a phone call from a man who said he worked for producer-director Steven Spielberg, Haggerty was torn between feelings of suspicion and hope. "It all sounded too good to be true," Haggerty would recall. "How often does a Spielberg account come your way?" Haggerty complied with the request for a limousine from his Chatsworth company.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 1990 | JERRY BAKALYAN, CO-OWNER OF LA SERRE
"I do not resent criticism, even when, for the sake of emphasis, it parts for the time with reality," wrote Winston Churchill in 1941. We couldn't agree more. Criticism is healthy when properly directed. If we thought La Serre were perfect, we wouldn't strive to improve it daily. We expect restaurant critics to be tough and professional--and to be fair. And to do their homework.
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