CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2010 |
Raymond Taix, who owned one of the oldest restaurants in Los Angeles, the French establishment Taix that his family has run since 1927, has died. He was 85. Taix died Oct. 10 of leukemia at his Pasadena home, said his son, Michael. The restaurant owes its beginnings to an act of capriciousness at the height of Prohibition when Raymond was 2 years old. After his French-immigrant grandfather built a hotel in 1912 in a French enclave downtown, he leased space to a restaurant.
February 25, 2010 |
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.
August 15, 2012 |
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.
October 28, 2010 |
"Take one," the waiter says, proffering a vase sprouting savory lollipops. Each stick holds a round of squid sitting on a cube of dark red chorizo. "Eat them in one bite, so you get both tastes at once," comes the further instruction. I do. The sweet meaty squid and the spicy paprika-streaked chorizo are terrific together. These savory lollies are the opening flourish in a beautifully paced tasting menu at Providence , the Los Angeles seafood restaurant that celebrates its fifth anniversary this year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2011 |
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
April 5, 2010 |
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.
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.
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 |
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 RocketNews24.com . 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.