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July 20, 2005 | Corie Brown; Leslee Komaiko
Tim and Liza Goodell are in escrow to sell Aubergine, their signature French restaurant in Newport Beach, to an undisclosed local buyer who will be acquiring the restaurant's name as well as its Newport Boulevard location. "Selling the name didn't matter to us," says Liza Goodell. "There are Aubergines in London, Munich and everywhere else. And in Orange County, no one ever knew what it meant anyway." (It means eggplant.
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May 17, 2007 | Mark Sachs
RESTAURATEURS Liza and Tim Goodell fell in love with food and then each other, and the happy union has meant many a memorable meal for SoCal diners. At restaurants such as Dakota and 25 Degrees in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Red Pearl Kitchen (Hollywood, Huntington Beach and San Diego) and the late, lamented Aubergine in Newport Beach, the couple have managed to keep all their plates in the air. Their new project: the reopening of O.C. landmark the Arches later this year.
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NEWS
May 17, 2007 | Mark Sachs
RESTAURATEURS Liza and Tim Goodell fell in love with food and then each other, and the happy union has meant many a memorable meal for SoCal diners. At restaurants such as Dakota and 25 Degrees in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Red Pearl Kitchen (Hollywood, Huntington Beach and San Diego) and the late, lamented Aubergine in Newport Beach, the couple have managed to keep all their plates in the air. Their new project: the reopening of O.C. landmark the Arches later this year.
FOOD
July 20, 2005 | Corie Brown; Leslee Komaiko
Tim and Liza Goodell are in escrow to sell Aubergine, their signature French restaurant in Newport Beach, to an undisclosed local buyer who will be acquiring the restaurant's name as well as its Newport Boulevard location. "Selling the name didn't matter to us," says Liza Goodell. "There are Aubergines in London, Munich and everywhere else. And in Orange County, no one ever knew what it meant anyway." (It means eggplant.
NEWS
June 23, 2005 | S. Irene Virbila, Times Staff Writer
On a summer evening, the setting sun brushes with gold the massive stone pillars, the leather booths and the barflies at Dakota, in the glamorous 1927 dining room of the revamped Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Designed by Dodd Mitchell, who has done of string of trendy restaurants and clubs in L.A., Dakota is less over-the-top than most of his projects. He's repeated the black leather tablecloths from Dolce and put blocky wooden cummerbunds around the pillars.
NEWS
September 12, 2002 | JESSICA STRAND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
No. 5 for the Goodells: Whist restaurant in Santa Monica may be the hot reservation in town, but Tim and Liza Goodell are already on to their next venture. The couple's fifth restaurant is called the Lodge, and it opened in mid-August in a Costa Mesa shopping center called the Camp. The Lodge serves comfort food in a setting complete with antlers on the wall. The menu includes a roast turkey dinner with Tim's mother's wild rice stuffing, lots of steaks, chicken pot pie and onion rings.
MAGAZINE
March 26, 1995 | S. Irene Virbila
Imagine a sweet yellow house with small-paned windows trimmed in white, two tall trees out front, a diminutive dining room with just nine tables. Where the cooking is French and the small menu changes every few days, where the saucy, red-headed patronne pours glasses of Sancerre behind the zinc bar brightened with a bouquet of flowering plum branches. Where, as you give your name, waiters rush by with baskets of freshly baked rolls, fragrant with yeast.
NEWS
August 4, 2005 | Leslee Komaiko
Thought the steak craze was just a passing fad? Not so. The steakhouses just keep coming. Lincoln Steakhouse Americana Lincoln features a design that might be described as clubhouse meets hunting lodge. The crowd gets younger and louder as the night goes on, so if you're looking for quiet conversation, consider dining while it's still light out. Chef Jack Melson has given the menu a Southern flair -- there's a filet stuffed with fried oysters and shrimp. Pass the Lipitor.
NEWS
September 28, 2006 | Leslee Komaiko
L'Orangerie is closing at the end of the year, with its space slated to reopen by next summer as Nobu Matsuhisa's latest. It won't be the first piece of Southland real estate to have seen multiple tenants. Camden House The Mandarin was a Beverly Hills fixture, an old-school Chinese place that many were surprised to see go. This spring, this modern French-Asian spot with a popular lounge opened in its place. Olivier Rousselle, ex of Michael's, does crab cakes with a yuzu dressing.
FOOD
June 7, 2006
IN S. Irene Virbila's review of Aubergine, ["Who's Minding This Kitchen?" May 31], Virbila wrote that she had heard that the restaurant had "stealthily reopened at the beginning of the year." The impression she had is false. The facts are that we advertised in the Daily Pilot [the Costa Mesa paper published by Times Community Newspapers, a division of the Los Angeles Times], sent hundreds of invitations and e-mails, made telephone calls to former customers of Aubergine and contacted Orange County concierges.
NEWS
June 23, 2005 | S. Irene Virbila, Times Staff Writer
On a summer evening, the setting sun brushes with gold the massive stone pillars, the leather booths and the barflies at Dakota, in the glamorous 1927 dining room of the revamped Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Designed by Dodd Mitchell, who has done of string of trendy restaurants and clubs in L.A., Dakota is less over-the-top than most of his projects. He's repeated the black leather tablecloths from Dolce and put blocky wooden cummerbunds around the pillars.
MAGAZINE
June 22, 2003 | S. Irene Virbila
Aubergine is the little restaurant that could. It's Tim and Liza Goodell's Newport Beach cottage turned big city sophisticate. Goodell is, hands down, the most interesting chef working in Orange County. Fresh and contemporary, the prix fixe menu, with options of three to nine courses, is always exciting.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 1997 | ANGELA PETTERA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Tim and Liza Goodell will be closing their Newport Beach restaurant, Aubergine, for remodeling and expansion Nov. 1; it won't reopen until after the New Year. Not to worry, though. If you've developed an addiction to their braised veal cheeks with truffle oil, you will be able to go to South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa for it. As of Nov. 17, Aubergine will be open for business in the old Piccola Cucina space.
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