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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.
September 25, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Buddy Valastro, a.k.a. the Cake Boss, will open his Las Vegas restaurant on Oct. 7. Buddy V's , which will open in the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian , is his first venture into the restaurant business. Valastro and family-run Carlo's Bake Shop (often called Carlo's Bakery) in Hoboken, N.J.,  are probably best known from the TLC reality show “ Cake Boss ,” which chronicles the interactions among family members and the public in the pursuit of confectionary perfection.
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.
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 29, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Restaurants typically do their best to keep their establishments clean. And in Los Angeles, we even grade our restaurants based on cleanliness. So it came as a surprise to see a restaurant in Japan serving actual dirt on the menu. And we're not talking about the small remnants that can cling to a piece of produce after it's been washed. Nor the trendy "dirt" -- made with ground  nuts and malt flour -- popularized by the Copenhagen restaurant Noma. It's real dirt. Ne Quittez Pas , a restaurant in Tokyo, is serving an entire menu devoted to dirt, reported Asian news site . The first course consists of a potato starch and dirt soup; the second, salad with dirt dressing, then an aspic with oriental clams and a top layer of sediment; and the fourth course, a dirt risotto with sea bass and burdock root.
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.
March 14, 2010 | By Claire Noland
Alvin Simon, a restaurateur who helped spark the revitalization of Old Pasadena in the 1980s with the upscale Cafe Jacoulet, died Feb. 23 at his home in Mount Washington from complications of lymphoma and radiation treatment, said his sister Flame Simon. He was 82. Simon later operated the Cal-Asian restaurant Cinnabar in Glendale for 11 years. His son Robert, who was a partner in Cafe Jacoulet, now owns Bistro 45 in Pasadena. Cafe Jacoulet, on North Raymond Avenue, opened in 1984 when the neighborhood's historic storefronts were being transformed into chic retail stores and gourmet restaurants.
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.
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