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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.
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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.
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
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.
NEWS
May 10, 2013 | Jenn Harris
The sounds of a live band playing and scuffling dance shoes used to flood the corner of Green Street and De Lacey Avenue in Old Town Pasadena where the Twin Palms restaurant drew a crowd every weekend. The restaurant, which has stood vacant and silent for the last four years, is reopening this summer under the same name, with a new owner. The original location, opened in the mid '90s by the late chef Michael Roberts with an investment from actor Kevin Costner, quickly became a Pasadena nightlife institution with performances by live bands.
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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