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October 3, 2012 | By Jessica Gelt
Sam Nazarian, the 37-year-old power player behind SBE hospitality group, is transcending the no-longer-accurate moniker of "night life king" by expanding his popular Katsuya restaurant brand on an international scale. Late last month Nazarian signed a deal with M.H. Alshaya (a huge international retail franchise operator) to open 17 Katsuyas in the Middle East by 2017 with the first two, in Kuwait and Dubai, scheduled to open in 2013. This is in addition to Nazarian's investment in Adam Fleischman's buzzy Umami Burger, which Nazarian is helping to develop into a national chain.  Nazarian also has his sights set on Asia and is planning to open a branch of his SLS hotel chain in China.
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BUSINESS
November 22, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
TGI Fridays' owner, Minneapolis hospitality and travel company Carlson, said -- yes, on Friday -- that it has authorized a review of strategic alternatives that may include selling the casual sit-down chain. “Capitalizing on Fridays' strong marketplace momentum, the board has determined that this is the optimum time to assess its options for the iconic restaurant brand, including a possible sale,” said Trudy Rautio, Carlson's chief executive.   TGI Fridays, whose first location opened in 1965 in New York City, claims credit for creating the Long Island iced tea and launching the first happy hour.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 2012 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
Sam Nazarian is taking his popular Katsuya Japanese restaurant brand global. The Los Angeles night-life impresario just signed a deal with behemoth retail franchise operator M.H. Alshaya to develop 17 Katsuyas in the Middle East by 2017, with the first two scheduled to open in Kuwait and Dubai in 2013. The announcement underscores how quickly Nazarian, founder and chief executive of SBE hospitality group, is pushing his company's key brands both nationally and internationally.
NEWS
October 5, 2012 | By Russ Parsons
Annual "best of" lists are made for arguing, but even given that, this year's restaurant round-up from longtime Esquire writer John Mariani contains at least one major “huh?” item. First, the good news: three Southern California spots were included on the best new restaurant list: Vic Casanova's Gusto , Josef Centeno's Baco Mercat and Bernhard Mairinger's BierBeisl . Restaurant of the year went to Atlanta's the Optimist , restaurateur of the year was Gabriel Stulman, from Perla, in New York City , and Drew Nieporent (Montrachet, the various Nobus, Tribeca , Corton)
BUSINESS
November 22, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
TGI Fridays' owner, Minneapolis hospitality and travel company Carlson, said -- yes, on Friday -- that it has authorized a review of strategic alternatives that may include selling the casual sit-down chain. “Capitalizing on Fridays' strong marketplace momentum, the board has determined that this is the optimum time to assess its options for the iconic restaurant brand, including a possible sale,” said Trudy Rautio, Carlson's chief executive.   TGI Fridays, whose first location opened in 1965 in New York City, claims credit for creating the Long Island iced tea and launching the first happy hour.
NEWS
October 5, 2012 | By Jenn Harris
Carrotmob: We've all heard of flashmobs, but what about an environmentally friendly carrotmob? On Saturday, if more than 1,000 people go inside the Fresh and Easy market in Pasadena, the store will replace its industrial freezers with energy-efficient zero-emissions freezers. There is no purchase necessary to participate and the event will include giveaways and food tastings. For more information, visit www.carrotmob.org/pasadena or http://www.facebook.com/events/147726998703197/ . Fresh and Easy Pasadena, 603 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena, (626)
NEWS
October 5, 2012 | By Russ Parsons
Annual "best of" lists are made for arguing, but even given that, this year's restaurant round-up from longtime Esquire writer John Mariani contains at least one major “huh?” item. First, the good news: three Southern California spots were included on the best new restaurant list: Vic Casanova's Gusto , Josef Centeno's Baco Mercat and Bernhard Mairinger's BierBeisl . Restaurant of the year went to Atlanta's the Optimist , restaurateur of the year was Gabriel Stulman, from Perla, in New York City , and Drew Nieporent (Montrachet, the various Nobus, Tribeca , Corton)
NEWS
January 26, 1986
More than 400 people who ate at a Glendale restaurant last month were inoculated for possible exposure to hepatitis after a worker came down with the disease, health officials said Saturday. The people were customers at Bengie's Restaurant on Brand Boulevard from Jan. 10 to Jan. 16, officials said. No customer illnesses have been reported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2004 | Cynthia Daniels and Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writers
Ventress McCallum, whose M&M soul food restaurants were a local institution, was shot and killed outside his Ladera Heights home, leaving family members, employees and customers to wonder Thursday who would kill the popular figure. McCallum, 54, was shot Wednesday night and died soon after at a local hospital. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Homicide Capt. Ray Peavy said it was unclear whether McCallum's slaying was a random or premeditated act. "It could have been a robbery.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2008
Earlier this month, Kokomo Cafe owner Alfredo Diaz was disturbed to learn that the Farmers Market owner, the A.F. Gilmore Co., decided not to renew his popular Cajun restaurant's lease. Diaz, who owns the Eat Well restaurant brand, plans to replace Eat Well's Beverly and Martel location with Kokomo next month, but laments what he calls the "poor operational choices" made by Gilmore (Gilmore declined to comment).
NEWS
October 5, 2012 | By Jenn Harris
Carrotmob: We've all heard of flashmobs, but what about an environmentally friendly carrotmob? On Saturday, if more than 1,000 people go inside the Fresh and Easy market in Pasadena, the store will replace its industrial freezers with energy-efficient zero-emissions freezers. There is no purchase necessary to participate and the event will include giveaways and food tastings. For more information, visit www.carrotmob.org/pasadena or http://www.facebook.com/events/147726998703197/ . Fresh and Easy Pasadena, 603 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena, (626)
NEWS
October 3, 2012 | By Jessica Gelt
Sam Nazarian, the 37-year-old power player behind SBE hospitality group, is transcending the no-longer-accurate moniker of "night life king" by expanding his popular Katsuya restaurant brand on an international scale. Late last month Nazarian signed a deal with M.H. Alshaya (a huge international retail franchise operator) to open 17 Katsuyas in the Middle East by 2017 with the first two, in Kuwait and Dubai, scheduled to open in 2013. This is in addition to Nazarian's investment in Adam Fleischman's buzzy Umami Burger, which Nazarian is helping to develop into a national chain.  Nazarian also has his sights set on Asia and is planning to open a branch of his SLS hotel chain in China.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 2012 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
Sam Nazarian is taking his popular Katsuya Japanese restaurant brand global. The Los Angeles night-life impresario just signed a deal with behemoth retail franchise operator M.H. Alshaya to develop 17 Katsuyas in the Middle East by 2017, with the first two scheduled to open in Kuwait and Dubai in 2013. The announcement underscores how quickly Nazarian, founder and chief executive of SBE hospitality group, is pushing his company's key brands both nationally and internationally.
NEWS
October 5, 2012 | By Caitlin Keller
Oranges, persimmons, grapefruits, apples and even zapotes are what's on Food Forward 's agenda to harvest this fall in and around Los Angeles. The volunteer-powered organization gleans locally grown food -- excess fruits and vegetables -- from private homes and public spaces and  distributes all of the donations to local food pantries. With the community's support and involvement, more than 1 million pounds of produce have been picked to date. Angelenos can pitch in to help feed the hungry by signing up to volunteer at upcoming picks and events.
BUSINESS
August 2, 1996 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Taco Bell Corp. said Thursday that it has agreed to sell its growing line of grocery products--including dinner entrees, sauces and dips--to Kraft Foods Inc., the nation's largest packaged foods company. Neither Taco Bell nor Kraft, based in Northfield, Ill., would release a sales price. The Irvine operator of Mexican-style fast-food restaurants said that the grocery line it started three years ago generates $50 million in annual sales.
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