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January 22, 1996 | BETTY GOODWIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Bistro Garden in Beverly Hills, one of the city's most picturesque and civilized dining spots, is scheduled to close April 1. Owner Kurt Niklas confirmed his plans months after rumors of an anti-Semitic insult to a patron had caused a number of the restaurant's Jewish customers to defect. The fabled restaurant has also been the victim of attrition as regular patrons moved on to new hangouts. A group of investors from Creative Artists Agency is reportedly buying the restaurant.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2007 | Ashraf Khalil, Times Staff Writer
The iconic high-peaked Polynesian entrance and towering islander totem pole still stand near the corner of Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards outside the Beverly Hilton Hotel. But Trader Vic's, the legendary Rat Pack watering hole that helped launch a national tiki-bar craze, has officially been downsized. Quietly (tiki enthusiasts allege secretively) the restaurant that introduced mai tais to the mainstream closed its doors April 29, prompting howls of protest from L.A.'
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MAGAZINE
March 19, 1995 | S. Irene Virbila
As restaurant editor, I get a lot of phone calls. A couple looking for a place to dine and dance on their 50th wedding anniversary. Restaurant-goers infuriated by a recent review. Publicists who haven't quite grasped that The Times' restaurant critics dine anonymously. People informing me of their worst restaurant experience in 35 years. People telling me about a fantastic little restaurant they've just discovered (and then I learn they're either investors or relatives of the owner).
NEWS
January 22, 1996 | BETTY GOODWIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Bistro Garden in Beverly Hills, one of the city's most picturesque and civilized dining spots, is scheduled to close April 1. Owner Kurt Niklas confirmed his plans months after rumors of an anti-Semitic insult to a patron had caused a number of the restaurant's Jewish customers to defect. The fabled restaurant has also been the victim of attrition as regular patrons moved on to new hangouts. A group of investors from Creative Artists Agency is reportedly buying the restaurant.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 15, 1989 | CHARLES PERRY
Hold on, compadre , this is no El Torito. It's an El Torito Grill , the new Beverly Hills branch of a tiny chain within the El Torito chain. Instead of dark booths and wrought iron, it has light-colored, adobe-like walls spotted with Navajo designs, a trompe l'oeil ceiling of a desert sunset, and imposing masses of neon and gleaming black tile. There's practically no overlap between its menu and a traditional El Torito's, apart from the occasional Cadillac Margarita.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2007 | Ashraf Khalil, Times Staff Writer
The iconic high-peaked Polynesian entrance and towering islander totem pole still stand near the corner of Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards outside the Beverly Hilton Hotel. But Trader Vic's, the legendary Rat Pack watering hole that helped launch a national tiki-bar craze, has officially been downsized. Quietly (tiki enthusiasts allege secretively) the restaurant that introduced mai tais to the mainstream closed its doors April 29, prompting howls of protest from L.A.'
OPINION
June 1, 1986
In regard to the President's remark that the hungry people do not know where to go for food, I am sure that he and Nancy can recommend them to some nice restaurants in Beverly Hills. LEON FIELD Los Angeles
NEWS
October 3, 1993
A recommendation that the city of Beverly Hills ban all smoking in restaurants was approved unanimously last week by the city's Health Commission. The proposal, approved by the advisory board late Tuesday, will be forwarded to the City Council. The council referred the restaurant smoking-ban issue to health commissioners after a meeting in August at which a succession of witnesses, mostly non-residents, urged the council to follow the lead of Los Angeles and West Hollywood in passing a ban.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 1990 | RUTH REICHL
They're making a big fuss about the redecoration and renaming of one of the most comfortable restaurants in Beverly Hills. But as far as I'm concerned, Carroll O'Connor's Place looks and feels almost exactly the same as the Ginger Man, which has been at 369 N. Bedford Drive in Beverly Hills, (213) 273-7585, for the last 12 years. The redecoration may have lightened the walls and warmed up the room, but it remains pretty true to its saloon roots.
MAGAZINE
March 19, 1995 | S. Irene Virbila
As restaurant editor, I get a lot of phone calls. A couple looking for a place to dine and dance on their 50th wedding anniversary. Restaurant-goers infuriated by a recent review. Publicists who haven't quite grasped that The Times' restaurant critics dine anonymously. People informing me of their worst restaurant experience in 35 years. People telling me about a fantastic little restaurant they've just discovered (and then I learn they're either investors or relatives of the owner).
ENTERTAINMENT
September 15, 1989 | CHARLES PERRY
Hold on, compadre , this is no El Torito. It's an El Torito Grill , the new Beverly Hills branch of a tiny chain within the El Torito chain. Instead of dark booths and wrought iron, it has light-colored, adobe-like walls spotted with Navajo designs, a trompe l'oeil ceiling of a desert sunset, and imposing masses of neon and gleaming black tile. There's practically no overlap between its menu and a traditional El Torito's, apart from the occasional Cadillac Margarita.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2006 | Martha Groves, Times Staff Writer
Handing Beverly Hills a final legal victory in the fight over the $200-million Montage resort, the California Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a request by opponents to review the city's handling of the luxury hotel and condo project. "This is the end of the litigation," said Beverly Hills City Atty. Larry Wiener. "There are no more appeals available."
NEWS
October 2, 2012 | By Russ Parsons
David Hands is the new chef at Bouchon , the Thomas Keller-run bistro in Beverly Hills. Former chef Rory Hermann, who opened the restaurant three years ago, stepped down "in order to take time to focus on his family," according to a news release. Herrmann could not be reached for comment. Keller praised Hands, who had been Herrmann's executive sous chef and had earlier worked at Per Se in New York.  "Every year we try to identify who in the younger generation of chefs in our company we have a lot of hopes for and he was always on that list.
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