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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.
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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
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2012 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - Its decaying architecture, fluorescent lighting and kitchen prep sink wedged next to a toilet have served as fodder for a ribbing by comedian Conan O'Brien . Its 3 a.m. closing time made it a favorite for late-night club hoppers But most of all, the Sam Wo Restaurant in the heart of Chinatown was a haven for unassuming regulars and curious tourists - who for decades streamed through the cramped kitchen and up a narrow staircase...
NEWS
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.
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.
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