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NEWS
September 24, 1987
The City Council unanimously approved the transformation of the former Sepulveda Boulevard nightclub Ichabod Crane's, which went out of business recently, into what is billed as a family-oriented King's Hawaiian Bakery and Restaurant. The approval came with limitations on hours of operations and traffic intended to mitigate the operation's impact on the neighborhood of single-family homes south of Sepulveda.
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BUSINESS
August 20, 2012 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
The last surviving Brown Derby restaurant building, which dodged the wrecking ball in the mid-2000s, has been sold for $9.25 million to local investors. The domed structure at Los Feliz Boulevard and Hillhurst Avenue in Los Angeles was the fourth Brown Derby, a small restaurant chain popular with the entertainment industry in Hollywood's Golden Age. The sellers, a group led by Adler Realty Investments Inc. of Woodland Hills, had let go of their plans to raze the building and build a five-story condominium and retail complex.
NEWS
August 15, 2012 | By Jessica Gelt
Cardiff Giant, the hospitality group behind The Hudson and The Churchill, has been very busy of late. The Daily Dish just got word that the group is set to take over the former Voyeur Nightclub  space at 7969 Santa Monica Ave. and will renovate and re-open it as a new nightclub concept in January of 2013. This comes after rumors circulated on the web that NYC's The Box was going to take the space. In addition Cardiff Giant has announced plans to open an as-of-yet un-named restaurant in downtown L.A. in the old Heinz loading dock at 712 S. Santa Fe after the New Year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 1986
A Woodland Hills restaurant that was the target of an investigation into alleged overcrowding and excessive drinking has corrected the problem, Los Angeles city prosecutors said Friday. Operators of the Red Onion, 6424 Canoga Ave., have begun restricting entry to their bar and limiting drink sales, officials said. In addition, a uniformed guard has been hired to patrol the restaurant parking lot, prosecutors said.
TRAVEL
November 29, 1987
I was very disappointed to read Horace Sutton's comments regarding the quite outstanding restaurant and hotel, L'Esperance, near Vezelay, France (Nov. 15). He based his negative comments not on his own firsthand experience but on second- or perhaps even third-hand hearsay involving someone he didn't even know, who regrettably had a disagreeable experience there. It is too bad that Sutton did not do himself the favor of judging L'Esperance for himself. Having traveled, lived and dined in France for 18 years, I can say without hesitation that my experience one month ago at L'Esperance, both as restaurant and hotel, was one of the most excellent and perfect I have ever had. CAROLE L. HABER Pacific Palisades
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2010 | By Carla Rivera
The owner of the Valley Village restaurant where four men were shot to death and two others were wounded said Sunday that police retrieved video from a camera at the entrance that shows who entered and left the building. Artour Balian said the victims were sitting together and were the only customers inside the Hot Spot Cafe at the time of the shooting. They were all that was left of a group of 30 to 40 people who had reserved the cafe earlier that day and had arrived about 1 p.m. after attending a funeral, he said.
MAGAZINE
December 12, 1999
I have an important question about S. Irene Virbila's review of Rock in Marina del Rey ("A Rocky Start," Nov. 14): Are we talking about the same restaurant? I have been eating Hans Rockenwagner's food for the last 15 years, and never has it been "awful," "soggy," "unappetizing" or "tasteless." On the contrary, I have always been impressed with his culinary creations. The food at Rock is no exception. Rock is a respite from all the been-there-done-that French bistros and Italian trattorias that seem to occupy every corner of this city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2011 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Authorities with pickaxes, shovels and cadaver dogs dug through the floor and walls of a popular Lomita restaurant, trying to solve a 16-month-old mystery surrounding the disappearance of the cafe owner's wife. "At this point we believe she is buried beneath the restaurant," said Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore. "We are excavating parts of the restaurant. We expect to be there for some time. " The excavation at the Thyme Contemporary Cafe in Lomita is the latest in a series of twists in the case that included a police pursuit last week that ended when the cafe's owner, David Viens, jumped from a cliff in Rancho Palos Verdes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1989 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, Times Staff Writer
An apparently mentally unstable man finished a cup of coffee at a McDonald's restaurant in Mission Hills on Wednesday, got a gun from his car, then walked back inside and shot another customer to death for no apparent reason, Los Angeles police said. Roger Pak, 43, calmly left the restaurant after the 6:05 a.m. shooting in the 11000 block of Sepulveda Boulevard and drove away in his car, police said. He was arrested a few minutes later at his nearby Granada Hills home after police traced the license plate number provided by employees of the restaurant.
MAGAZINE
January 31, 1999
I applaud S. Irene Virbila's review of Lucques ("Lucques Is No Fluke," Restaurants, Jan. 10), not just because she was good enough to explain to us outlanders that the name is pronounced "Luke" but because it was a classic review. When I taught journalism at USC and Cal State L.A., I thought I was giving my students a wide view of possibilities, but I don't think I ever talked about restaurant reviews. Virbila touched all the bases--from service and tastes to decor-table aesthetics and the two bright ladies behind it all. I also appreciated her mentioning one or two somewhat negative elements, which gave the whole review a ring of truth.
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