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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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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