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April 26, 1997 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hit by tax claims totaling $10 million, the owners of Medieval Times restaurant- entertainment franchises in Buena Park and Florida sought refuge in bankruptcy petitions Friday to stymie possible IRS seizures. The Chapter 11 filings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Santa Ana leaves the franchisees in charge, so the jousting, sword play and other medieval entertainment will continue, said Eric Chiusolo, chief financial officer of Medieval Dinner & Tournament Inc. in Buena Park.
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September 5, 1998 | LESLEY WRIGHT
A jousting competition between knights of the realm does not usually mark the beginning of the school year, but that's just one of the unusual ways the city's school districts kicked off the new year Friday. In earlier years, the convocation ceremony for the administration, teachers, school board members and support staff of the Buena Park School District was just a meeting. Everybody got together, met the new teachers and heard a speech from the superintendent.
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BUSINESS
July 16, 1998 | LESLIE EARNEST, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Two Medieval Times franchises have filed a lawsuit against Coopers & Lybrand LLP, claiming that the accounting firm gave professional advice that forced the themed restaurants into bankruptcy. In the lawsuit, filed Monday in Orange County Superior Court, Medieval Dinner & Tournament Inc. of Buena Park, and Medieval Show Inc. of Florida claim federal and state tax authorities assessed more than $90 million in taxes and penalties against the franchises as a result of Coopers & Lybrand's advice.
BUSINESS
July 16, 1998 | LESLIE EARNEST, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Two Medieval Times franchises have filed a lawsuit against Coopers & Lybrand LLP, claiming that the accounting firm gave professional advice that forced the themed restaurants into bankruptcy. In the lawsuit, filed Monday in Orange County Superior Court, Medieval Dinner & Tournament Inc. of Buena Park, and Medieval Show Inc. of Florida claim federal and state tax authorities assessed more than $90 million in taxes and penalties against the franchises as a result of Coopers & Lybrand's advice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 1989 | RAY TESSLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Many longtime Carlsbad residents who are already aghast over their community's transformation from a cozy seaside village into a sprawling suburb are worried that the city is about to hit bottom, all in the name of tourism. They've watched subdivisions, motels and burger joints spring up, and now they think a proposed theme restaurant that would feature rousing dinner shows of medieval hand-to-hand combat and jousting by costumed knights on charging steeds is going too far.
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December 23, 1991 | MARK LANDSBAUM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joseph Patrick Cairns, whose heart condition led to his surrender on charges of grand theft from a Buena Park restaurant after 2 1/2 years on the run, died in custody Sunday at Western Medical Center-Anaheim, a Sheriff's Department spokesman said. The official cause of death will not be known until an autopsy can be conducted, but authorities said Cairns' death may have resulted from his previous heart condition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 1989 | RAY TESSLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Facing delays and community opposition, a firm has abandoned its plans to build a Medieval Times restaurant in Carlsbad that would have featured lavish equestrian shows and costumed knights in mock combat. The proposed theme restaurant had divided the community between merchants who favored the new tourist attraction and homeowners' groups that rallied against a project they feared would warp Carlsbad's village atmosphere.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 1996 | ALAN EYERLY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
What, asks Jim Carrey's demented character in "The Cable Guy," could be more conducive to male bonding than a night of feasting and sport at "just the finest restaurant in town"? Which just happens to be--brace yourself--Orange County's Medieval Times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1990 | LYNDA NATALI
Just before 9 a.m., while most people are struggling with their morning commute, the tourists are already gathering in front of the Buena Park Quality Inn, armed with the essentials: cameras, suntan lotion, hats and comfortable shoes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1989 | MARIA NEWMAN, Times Staff Writer
After the last villainous knight had been defeated late Sunday, and the army of serfs and wenches had served the final drinks, the night auditor at Medieval Times in Buena Park went to work counting the night's receipts, police said. Co-workers saw auditor Joseph Patrick Cairns arrive at the theme restaurant, as they had for almost 2 years. But this time, police said, they don't know when the 57-year-old man left--or where he went.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 1997 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cheering on their favorite knights, the children from Canyon Acres Children's Services visited a make-believe world Saturday when they were treated to sword fights and jousting demonstrations. About 15 performers from Medieval Times treated the youngsters, many of them abused or developmentally disabled, to a 45-minute performance that featured knights fighting with real swords and jousting horses dressed in colorful costumes.
BUSINESS
April 26, 1997 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hit by tax claims totaling $10 million, the owners of Medieval Times restaurant- entertainment franchises in Buena Park and Florida sought refuge in bankruptcy petitions Friday to stymie possible IRS seizures. The Chapter 11 filings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Santa Ana leaves the franchisees in charge, so the jousting, sword play and other medieval entertainment will continue, said Eric Chiusolo, chief financial officer of Medieval Dinner & Tournament Inc. in Buena Park.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 1996 | ALAN EYERLY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
What, asks Jim Carrey's demented character in "The Cable Guy," could be more conducive to male bonding than a night of feasting and sport at "just the finest restaurant in town"? Which just happens to be--brace yourself--Buena Park's Medieval Times.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 1996 | ALAN EYERLY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
What, asks Jim Carrey's demented character in "The Cable Guy," could be more conducive to male bonding than a night of feasting and sport at "just the finest restaurant in town"? Which just happens to be--brace yourself--Orange County's Medieval Times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 1991 | MARK LANDSBAUM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joseph Patrick Cairns, whose heart condition led to his surrender on charges of grand theft from a Buena Park restaurant after 2 1/2 years on the run, died in custody Sunday at Western Medical Center-Anaheim, a Sheriff's Department spokesman said. The official cause of death will not be known until an autopsy can be conducted, but authorities said Cairns' death may have resulted from his previous heart condition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 1991 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The complaint from the management of Medieval Times was reported to police on Feb. 6, 1989: weekend receipts from the dinner theater totaling $100,000 were gone, and night auditor Joseph Patrick Cairns had simply vanished. For 2 1/2 years, Buena Park police detectives, acting on reports that Cairns was a compulsive gambler, scoured casinos in Las Vegas, searched in numerous cities in California and followed countless tips with no success.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 1997 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cheering on their favorite knights, the children from Canyon Acres Children's Services visited a make-believe world Saturday when they were treated to sword fights and jousting demonstrations. About 15 performers from Medieval Times treated the youngsters, many of them abused or developmentally disabled, to a 45-minute performance that featured knights fighting with real swords and jousting horses dressed in colorful costumes.
BUSINESS
August 19, 1991 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Japanese tourist grabbed Miss Annie's blue garter by his teeth and yanked as she carefully delivered instructions in a mix of English and Japanese. Giggles rippled through the audience, followed by hoots and applause, as the bemused tourist claimed his elastic prize and returned to his seat. On a recent weekday night, more than 800 diners crammed Wild Bill's Wild West Dinner Extravaganza in Buena Park.
BUSINESS
August 19, 1991 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Japanese tourist grabbed Miss Annie's blue garter by his teeth and yanked as she carefully delivered instructions in a mix of English and Japanese. Giggles rippled through the audience, followed by hoots and applause, as the bemused tourist claimed his elastic prize and returned to his seat. On a recent weekday night, more than 800 diners crammed Wild Bill's Wild West Dinner Extravaganza in Buena Park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 1990 | LYNDA NATALI
Nine-year-old Robert Veale got a taste of show biz Wednesday, but he wasn't quite sure what to make of it. "It was fun," said the fourth-grader from Mabel L. Pendleton Elementary School. "But . . . it's boring, all that waiting." Veale and 45 other students from the Buena Park School District got a lesson in patience as contestants on "Wild and Crazy Kids," a popular show on cable-TV's Nickelodeon. The no-holds-barred game and sports show puts kids in wacky situations and lets them have fun.
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