November 18, 1990 |
With the passage of Santa Monica Proposition Z in the Nov. 6 election, well-known local restaurateur Michael McCarty lost his bid to build a beachfront hotel and community center in that seaside city, on the site now occupied by the private Sand 'n' Sea Club. Are his plans to become an innkeeper in Santa Monica definitely dead in the water, then? "It's just too early to tell," he says. "Right now, we're just hanging in there to see what's going to happen.
December 31, 1989 |
Michael McCarty is not a modest man. "We were a pioneer, there's no question about it. I clearly think that in 1979, Michael's restaurant defined what restaurants were," he said as he surveyed his brand new restaurant last month in New York. Even before he opened Michael's in Santa Monica (at the ripe old age of 24), humility was not exactly his strong suit. "We're doing something different here," he said as he prepared his menu in 1979. "My specials are going to blow your socks off."
April 27, 1997
Michael's. . .(Chef) Michael McCarty Michael's. . .(Chef) Ken Frank. . .(Restaurants), LA Toque. . .House of Blues. . .Fenix Michael's. . .(Chef) Catherine Dimanche. . .(Restaurants), Endless Summer. . .2424 Pico Michael's. . .(Chef) Gordon Naccarato. . .(Restaurants), Gordon's. . .Monkey Bar Michael's. . .(Chef) Martin Garcia. . .(Restaurant), The Fish Co. Michael's. . .(Chef) Sally Clarke. . .(Restaurant), Clarke's Michael's. . .(Chef) Nancy Silverton. . .(Restaurant), Spago. . .
HOME & GARDEN
September 29, 2005 |
NOT that Michael and Kim McCarty were in need of a theme to host a Sunday lunch -- they do it every other week, and just about any excuse will do to have friends up to their edge-of-the-bluff house in the mountains of Malibu. But the grapes in their vineyard had suddenly reached a perfect ripeness, pickers had come and gone in a day, and it was time to plan another annual harvest celebration.
June 15, 1992 |
Michael McCarty to Close Restaurant: The Santa Monica restaurateur will close Adirondacks, his Washington, D.C., restaurant, on June 30. McCarty, who owns Michael's in Santa Monica and another in New York, had been attempting to renegotiate the Washington restaurant's 25-year lease. "We were paying three times the fair price," said Ricardo Solares, the restaurant's manager. "Instead of paying $360,000 a year, we tried to renegotiate to $120,000."
January 28, 2011
Michaels , the landmark Santa Monica restaurant with one of the most romantic back patios in the city, has just introduced a guest mixologist program. Now you can sample creative cocktails from a rotating cast of tastemakers while supping on chef Michael McCarty's classic California cuisine (he was doing local and sustainable long before it was all the rage). Currently there is a whiskey drink on the menu called "William's Little Italy" that can knock you over with a single sip. Made with straight rye whiskey mixed with a clever sampling of fine Italian apertifs, the drink inhabits a universe of bittersweet flavor where notes of vanilla, rhubarb, licorice, orange and peach bounce off of one another like pieces of cosmic dust.