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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2011 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
The city of Vernon is under pressure to change, but a push is on to keep at least one thing in this 5-square-mile industrial city the same. That's La Villa Basque, a 1960s-era landmark used as a location to film the television show "Mad Men. " Even as state lawmakers seek to dissolve the city around it, Los Angeles-area preservationists are campaigning to convince the restaurant's new operators not to remodel and modernize it. The operators are...
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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.
WORLD
April 9, 2010 | By Lily Kuo
Sunday is a slow night for the Beijing Hooters girls. Jiang Xin -- or Summer, as her name tag reads -- takes the opportunity to teach the new hires one of their dance routines. With smoky dark eyes and her all-black trainer uniform, 24-year-old Jiang is sexy, smoldering and standoffish until she smiles. This she does when she gently admonishes the girls to loosen up, laugh, and stop tugging at the bottoms of their shorts. Hooters in Beijing is much like its American counterpart.
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.
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.
FOOD
February 25, 2010 | Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
It was a blustery day in late January at Church & State — the hip brasserie that claims Walter Manzke as its chef — and lunch was in full swing. The dapper crowd wore pressed white shirts and designer dresses in muted colors. Lithe servers with stellar hand-eye coordination wove through the neat maze of wooden tables, and the kitchen radiated butter-scented warmth. The only thing unusual? This high-end respite from downtown's industrial malaise was offering a unique special through a new Web-based service called BlackboardEats.
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
November 21, 1987
A man who bought a Pioneer Take Out in Sunland just six weeks ago was shot and critically wounded in his restaurant during what may have been a botched robbery, Los Angeles police said Friday. Louis Lim, 35, of Baldwin Park was listed in critical condition at Holy Cross Hospital in Mission Hills. Lim was shot once in the chest about 3:15 p.m. Thursday after a man entered the office of the restaurant at 8668 Foothill Blvd., Detective Jim Vojtecky said Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2010 | By Carlos Valdez Lozano
Anyone who knows Hollywood knows Musso & Frank, where the stars of the motion picture industry's Golden Age often dined. Everyone came to Musso's: Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo, Humphrey Bogart and Marilyn Monroe. Even as the world outside its doors changed with the times, Musso's, which opened in 1919, embraced its old charms: steaks, chops and martinis served by waiters in red jackets to patrons in red leather booths. No one messed with the Musso mystique, because in a town where it's sometimes hard to tell the difference, this was the real deal.
NEWS
February 20, 1986
The county Design Control Board today will consider two proposed alterations at a Marina del Rey restaurant. The Lobster House restaurant, 4211 Admiralty Way, wants to construct an outdoor dining room and a public observation desk. The owners also want to reconstruct the exterior of Captain Bligh's Coffee Shop, which is part of the Lobster House. The board, which is part of the county's Department of Beaches and Harbors, will meet at 2 p.m. at 13837 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey.
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