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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 1998 | PHIL DAVIS
The City Council took preliminary steps Monday to allow restaurants to operate up to two pool tables without changing zoning laws. Current city laws allow pool tables only in the most densely zoned areas. That would change under the new proposal, which would allow restaurants in more lightly zoned commercial areas to apply for a permit to keep up to two pool tables.
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OPINION
December 9, 2012 | By Michael Krikorian
In 1985, I shot someone. It happened outside the Rustic Inn, a bar in an unincorporated section of Los Angeles near Compton, which was where I spent most of my free time back then. Moments before the shooting, I had been in a barroom brawl. My friend George and I were drinking Heinekens and taking sips off a half-pint of Seagram's VO we'd stashed atop a rickety wooden beam at the beer-only bar's side-porch entrance. Three guys walked in and began staring at us. George, a big guy quick to unleash his fists, asked them - in Comptonese - what they were looking at. It was on. I'm not a great brawler, but I'm a good friend, and I couldn't let George go one-on-three.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1992 | LISA MASCARO
Trying to determine the legal difference between a billiards hall and a restaurant that has a few pool tables has been a much-discussed issue in Newport Beach in recent weeks. Last week, the City Council, siding with the Planning Commission, unanimously decided that any establishment with three or more pool tables is, in effect, a pool hall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2011 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Navy Corpsman Peter Ruggiero, who spent months living in the dust and dirt of Afghanistan, looked at his new barracks room and was impressed. "I feel like I've just checked into a Comfort Inn," said Ruggiero, 21. Marine Lance Cpl. Vincent Shafer, 19, wanted to be succinct in his description of his new digs, with the private bath, walk-in closet, microwave, refrigerator and space for a television and computer. Photos: New barracks "It's so, so … contemporary," he said.
NEWS
November 25, 1988 | ALAN COOPERMAN, Associated Press
Jillian's Billiard Club has 39 tournament pool tables, no beer, no jukebox and a dress code. And the posh billiard parlor is packed with the game's new upscale clientele. The club opened in July on the third floor of a former warehouse; similar clubs have been popping up in cities nationwide. Patrons include men and women, most between 25 and 40, many on dates. No betting is allowed, and a resident professional gives lessons for $25 an hour.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 1993 | DEBRA CANO
The City Council has denied a neighbor's appeal and given a restaurant owner approval to place four pool tables at his sports bar and eatery. Resident Betty Mangold appealed to the council last week after the Planning Commission decided in May to allow four pool tables at the restaurant, in a shopping center at 17431 Brookhurst St. Mangold also presented the commission with a petition signed by more than 100 residents protesting the plan.
BUSINESS
July 9, 1995 | Chris Woodyard / Times staff writer
The Atrium Marquis Hotel in Irvine is trying to capitalize on the comeback of billiards and other parlor games by adding an upscale billiard room to its nightclub. "We now provide guests with the option of what has become a popular sport that is both relaxing and fun without having to leave the hotel," said General Manager Daniel Monnet. The hotel added three pool tables and a game room next to its Airporter nightclub, which offers live music nightly.
BUSINESS
January 21, 1986 | DANIEL AKST, Times Staff Writer
For a while, it seemed, Don Brostoski was behind the eight ball. His company, Golden West Billiard Mfg. Inc. of Canoga Park, is a leading maker of pool tables, a business that once was tied firmly to the housing industry. In 1982, when the economy was bad and housing construction plunged, privately held Golden West chalked up a loss. Not only did orders slump, but retailers couldn't pay for tables they already had.
NEWS
November 8, 1990 | PATRICK MOTT
Sick of taking heat from East Coasters about how every saloon in Southern California is some effete nouveau fern bar tarted up to look like it might have a pedigree stretching back to ancient times but that still reeks of eau de yup? Take them to Joe Jost's and shut them up forever. Joe Jost's is the oldest saloon in Long Beach, and it is where hunger, thirst and pretense go to die.
NEWS
October 30, 1988 | JULES LOH, Associated Press
Back during the Great Depression, Loyall Newell's father thought his son frittered away entirely too much time hanging around the pool hall. It turns out it wasn't a misspent youth after all. "My dad would pay me $30 a week to help out in his garage," Newell recalls. "I could make that in half a day on a snooker table." At 63, Newell still shoots a mean stick, as they say over at the Idle Hour, where Newell had idled away many an hour in his young manhood.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2010 | By Margaret Wappler, Los Angeles Times
When most of us hear the word "pool," we think of old sharks in leather jackets, peeling off bills and throwing them onto the green felt, challenging us to a game where we can't save ourselves with the usual slop shot into the corner pocket. At Spot 5750, the spit-polished revamp of Hollywood Billiards, the pool tables ? with red felt, not green ? are open for accuracy-challenged shooters as well as "The Color of Money" types. With more staff, new carpeting, new paint, a new exterior and several other changes to the 25,000-square-foot space, co-owner Don Conner wanted to create a concept that was "hip, approachable and upscale.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 2010 | By Charlie Amter, Special to the Los Angeles Times
A recent episode of HBO's "Entourage" included a scene at a bar called SPiN Hollywood that seemed to call out a new trend, with young scene-makers thronging around a set of pingpong tables. "Pingpong is the new billiards," actor John Stamos declared in what looked like a chic new loft-like club in L.A. with multiple pingpong tables and inspiring views of downtown. If only the real SPiN Hollywood looked like the fictionalized version. The actual L.A. outpost of Manhattan's SPiN New York, a pingpong-themed bar, opened in West Hollywood on July 20. But instead of several pingpong tables in a row and city skyline views (since the real SPiN wasn't open yet, "Entourage" filmed the scene on the 30th floor of the AT&T Center building on Olive Street)
NEWS
January 4, 2007 | Leslee Komaiko
You can whet your appetite with a game of pool at these spots. James Beach Well before comfort food became faddish, it's been the specialty at this 10-year-old neighborhood dining room. Consider the nightly specials such as Tuesday chicken potpie and Thursday fried chicken. In the charming, adjacent Craftsman, a.k.a. the Clubhouse, always a civilized party scene on Friday and Saturday nights, there's a single pool table. * Potpie special, $13. 60 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, (310) 823-5396.
MAGAZINE
December 3, 2006 | Chris Christensen, Chris Christensen is a former food editor for the Oregonian.
My Saturday night destination, the reason I'm cruising L.A.'s old manufacturing district, a few wrong turns from skid row, is a pub. That's the word, anyway. I cross the 7th Street bridge, turn right on Mateo and left onto Industrial, my car thudding over rutted streets and past enough razor wire to secure Alcatraz. A homeless man makes better time on foot, pushing his worldly possessions in a grocery cart. I park, walk up the steps and through heavy wood doors.
NEWS
June 29, 2001 | ADAM TSCHORN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Some day soon, the last barber will lock up the last barbershop, hand the keys to Fantastic Sam, donate his barber pole to the Smithsonian and ride off into the sunset of nostalgia, joining the town crier and the doctor who makes house calls, right? Wrong. Not when Shaq leads the Lakers to victory with nary a hair on his head, Tom Cruise debuts a new buzz cut at the Oscars, and long-locked John Corbett is the one stealing Carrie's heart with his newly shorn look on "Sex and the City."
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 1998 | BILL LOCEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On the back wall of the parking lot behind McRed's in North Hollywood are the painted silhouettes of frolicking Smurfs with balloons. Boy, I'll bet Valley cops long for that scenario, but that's another story. McRed's, which has been there for more than 50 years, is a cozy dive bar with tables, booths and fake flowers, one pool table, a bunch of televisions and a parquet floor, no doubt intended to impress misplaced Celtic fans.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 2010 | By Charlie Amter, Special to the Los Angeles Times
A recent episode of HBO's "Entourage" included a scene at a bar called SPiN Hollywood that seemed to call out a new trend, with young scene-makers thronging around a set of pingpong tables. "Pingpong is the new billiards," actor John Stamos declared in what looked like a chic new loft-like club in L.A. with multiple pingpong tables and inspiring views of downtown. If only the real SPiN Hollywood looked like the fictionalized version. The actual L.A. outpost of Manhattan's SPiN New York, a pingpong-themed bar, opened in West Hollywood on July 20. But instead of several pingpong tables in a row and city skyline views (since the real SPiN wasn't open yet, "Entourage" filmed the scene on the 30th floor of the AT&T Center building on Olive Street)
OPINION
December 9, 2012 | By Michael Krikorian
In 1985, I shot someone. It happened outside the Rustic Inn, a bar in an unincorporated section of Los Angeles near Compton, which was where I spent most of my free time back then. Moments before the shooting, I had been in a barroom brawl. My friend George and I were drinking Heinekens and taking sips off a half-pint of Seagram's VO we'd stashed atop a rickety wooden beam at the beer-only bar's side-porch entrance. Three guys walked in and began staring at us. George, a big guy quick to unleash his fists, asked them - in Comptonese - what they were looking at. It was on. I'm not a great brawler, but I'm a good friend, and I couldn't let George go one-on-three.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 1998 | PHIL DAVIS
The City Council took preliminary steps Monday to allow restaurants to operate up to two pool tables without changing zoning laws. Current city laws allow pool tables only in the most densely zoned areas. That would change under the new proposal, which would allow restaurants in more lightly zoned commercial areas to apply for a permit to keep up to two pool tables.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 1997
A dispute over the use of a pool table at a South Gate bar escalated into a shooting that left one man dead and three others wounded Thursday morning, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies said. Three of four suspects were arrested after their getaway car crashed as they were being chased by a South Gate police officer. Authorities are still seeking the fourth man. The shooting occurred shortly before 12:30 a.m. at the Salon Juarez Bar, said Deputy Henry Garza.
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