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
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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."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 1991
Restaurateur Michael McCarty, who lost a bid to build a Santa Monica beachfront luxury hotel and community center in a bitter election last fall, has filed a claim against the city to recoup millions he spent on the project and for unspecified profits he had expected. City Atty. Robert M. Myers, calling the claim absurd, said he intends to reject it. A claim must be filed against the city before a lawsuit can be filed. McCarty was out of town and could not be reached.
March 20, 1992 |
Michael's restaurant has filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the bankruptcy code. Michael McCarty, who owns the Santa Monica restaurant and two others in Washington and New York, says that his restaurants "do fine." (Two years ago, McCarty lowered prices on his Santa Monica menu, which was infamous for its $12 dish of ice cream and $10 bottle of Evian.