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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
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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
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.
NEWS
December 27, 1987
On Sept. 28, a request was made by the Sizzler restaurant (chain) for a zoning variance on the lot at the rear and across the alley from their restaurant on Washington Boulevard at Stanford Avenue. This would allow them to remove the house and add a parking lot for 14 additional cars. Items brought up at that meeting that I believe contributed to the basis for denying the request were: 1. Sizzler already has more parking spaces than is required. 2. Sizzler does nothing to control the present parking area as to who (may park there)
BUSINESS
September 4, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
McDonald's, that carnivore's haven of beefy Big Macs and chicken McNuggets, is going vegetarian. The fast food giant will open its first non-meat restaurant next year in India, in the Sikh holy city of Amritsar. The branch, to be located by the much-visited Golden Temple, will serve herbivore options tailored to the country's cultural tastes, according to AFP . Much of the Indian population avoids certain types of meat. Hindus consider cows sacred and don't eat beef, while Muslims avoid pork.
FOOD
September 30, 2009 | S. IRENE VIRBILA, RESTAURANT CRITIC
As we squeak past the last days of summer, it's never too late to make one more trip to the beach. Dinner at the Sunset on Zuma Beach could be just the right antidote to stave off the inevitable sadness as fall comes on with its shorter days and longer nights. Not to mention longer pants and sweaters. Bring a sharp-eyed navigator if you're planning to arrive at the 6-year-old restaurant after dark. With headlights in your eyes, it's hard to spot the turnoff from Pacific Coast Highway onto Westward Beach Road.
NEWS
November 1, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Temecula is just 86 miles from downtown L.A. That's about an hour and a half drive when the traffic gods are with you. And yet the fun-loving, party-happy wine region is hardly ever at the top of avid wine buffs' bucket list. But now, with the opening of Farm House Kitchen, it can boast a serious wine restaurant to sweeten the wine region's appeal.  Part of the golf resort Temecula Creek Inn , the new restaurant cost about $2.5 million to renovate. That's a serious investment and Farm House Kitchen will be doing the heavy lifting, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus everyone's favorite, weekend brunch.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 1997 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After sitting empty and dilapidated for a decade, the historic Peirano grocery downtown could reopen as a Mediterranean-style restaurant as early as May. The Ventura City Council, acting as the redevelopment agency, on Monday will consider a proposal to renovate the crumbling downtown landmark and transform it into an eatery that could serve as a catalyst to revitalize the western end of Main Street.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2004
The county Department of Health Services shuts down facilities for as long as necessary for owners to correct conditions that endanger public health. Here are restaurants and bakeries closed in March: -- Name Address Closed Reopened Codes Adriana's 7015 E Somerset 3/5 3/10 M, N Bakery Blvd, Paramount Albertsons 12630 S Hawthorne 3/17 3/18 O bakery Blvd, Hawthorne Albertsons 12630 S Hawthorne 3/17 3/18 O deli Blvd, Hawthorne America's 3654 E Slauson 3/10 3/10 O Cafe Ave, Maywood Azteca 28643 S Western 3/23 3/24 D Restaurant Ave, Rancho Palos Verdes Beverly 9211 W Pico Blvd, 3/4 3/8 M, N, Y Internationa Los Angeles l Bakery Bistango Cafe 3017 S Figueroa 3/9 3/11 M, N St, Los Angeles Buongusto 23120 Lyons Ave 3/4 3/4 O Gourmet Ice #13, Newhall Byron's Pizza 8904 3/4 S Compton 3/3 3/10 D Ave, Los Angeles Cafe De Flore 229 S First Ave, 10/3 3/1 Y, Z Arcadia Cerro Verde 1133 N Vermont 3/25 3/25 O Ave, Los Angeles Chapman 3465 W 6th St #50, 3/18 3/20 M, N Music Studio Los Angeles China Olive 9224 Reseda Blvd, 3/1 D, E, G, H, I, K Buffet Northridge Chinatown 252 S Western Ave, 3/9 3/11 M, N Express Los Angeles Chinatown 2137 W 6th St, Los 3/17 3/22 K, M, N Express #6 Angeles Chinese Gate 4121-23 W Olympic 3/30 Z Blvd, Los Angeles Church's 6210 S Broadway, 3/5 3/5 O Fried Los Angeles Chicken Club Harmony 1646 W Temple St, 3/27 4/2 M, N Los Angeles Coffee Tea & 649 W Lancaster 3/25 3/25 Y More Blvd, Lancaster Court Cafe 6336 Canoga...
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