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July 8, 1990 | KAREN STABINER, Contributing editor Karen Stabiner lives in a house with a second floor designed by Schweitzer.
WHEN HE WAS a child, there was plenty of space: Josh Schweitzer's early Midwestern memories include a lush, untouched ravine hard by a babbling brook, rolling rural vistas that met the sky uninterrupted and a rambling wreck of an outsized colonial mansion with too many rooms, too many fireplaces and an abandoned barn out back for him, his brother and sister to play in. Now the only room to move is in his imagination.
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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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BUSINESS
October 15, 1991 | GEORGE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lawry's California Center, a Los Angeles attraction for the past 30 years, will close on Jan. 3, yet another Southland culinary landmark to fall during the recent recession. Its cost-conscious owner, Thomas J. Lipton Co. of Englewood Cliffs, N.J., said Monday that the closure of the 17-acre site northeast of Dodger Stadium is part of a companywide consolidation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2012 | By Hailey Branson-Potts and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
By all accounts, West Hollywood showered its employees with generosity. The city spent $2,070 at the Beverly Center for six Montblanc pens, given to workers who had reached employment milestones. An additional $1,500 went to Gelson's Market gift cards for city employees. One credit card in the city manager's office, used by various employees, accumulated $121,000 over three years. Then there were the meals. Receipts show that one city councilman, John Duran, charged dozens of meals, often multiple times a week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1989 | SHERYL STOLBERG and MARC LACEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The cruise ship Princess Louise--a popular floating restaurant that occupied a berth at Los Angeles Harbor for two decades until it fell on hard times last year--mysteriously capsized Monday at a shipyard slip where it was being readied for sale. "She fell splat into the water and then it was glog, glog, glog," said Michael Barnes, first mate of the Spirit of Los Angeles, a 600-passenger ship that was on a luncheon cruise nearby when the Princess Louise went down about 12:30 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 1987 | STEVE HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
Years ago, a young man approached the table occupied by CBS commentator Eric Sevareid in the Cock'n Bull restaurant on the Sunset Strip and asked if Sevareid would help him impress his girlfriend by stopping at the bar on his way out to say hello. A few minutes later Sevareid graciously complied--and the young man growled: "Bug off, whoever you are! Can't you see we're busy?"
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 1988 | RUTH REICHL
Eleven years ago Bruce Marder was sleeping on a banquette at a restaurant called Cafe California. At night he went to a friend's house to shower. In the daytime he was the restaurant's chef. He was also the waiter. And the dishwasher. "After the first week my partner and I pooled our tips and hired a dishwasher," he says. "We just kept moving up." Way up. Today Marder has built a $500 investment in a funky Santa Monica restaurant into an empire. Marder's third restaurant, the $2.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 1991
Ballroom dancing or nude dancing? Those are the two types of dancing being proposed for a seafood restaurant in Northridge. Seven for the Money Inc., a Los Angeles firm, has applied for a permit to operate a combination restaurant and juice bar featuring nude dancers at the site of The Breakers Seafood Co., located near the corner of Corbin Avenue and Nordhoff Street.
BUSINESS
February 24, 1999 | JESUS SANCHEZ, commercial real estate reporter
In the days of junk bond kings and yellow power ties, Stepps restaurant in downtown Los Angeles reigned supreme as the place where young professionals exchanged business cards and glances while sipping Coronas topped with lime wedges. But the yuppies of tomorrow will have to find another watering hole. After nearly 15 years atop Bunker Hill, Stepps will shut down on March 28.
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November 19, 1993 | LARRY GORDON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's not just that the Nickodell Restaurant is one of the last martini and club steak joints left in a town of bottled water and tuna tacos. It's not just that the Melrose Avenue eatery has been a hangout for Paramount Pictures actors and technicians since the 1920s. It's not just that Nickodell's towering neon sign flashes a cozy welcome in white, blue and yellow over an increasingly drab strip.
FOOD
April 21, 2011 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
  Dear SOS: I am addicted to the Tuscan kale salad at Little Dom's in Los Angeles. I love kale no matter how I prepare it, but it never tastes quite as delicious as the Dom's salad. I am hoping it's 100% guilt free, but maybe there's a sinful ingredient in there somewhere? Any chance you can look into this for me? Elise Barclay Atwater Village Dear Elise: Because of its rather tough texture, greens like kale are often cooked to tenderize them before serving.
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October 21, 2010 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
The overhaul of gift stores, beverage stands and restaurants at Los Angeles International Airport moved ahead Wednesday when the City Council approved the first round of new concession contracts and rejected further investigation of the bidding process. Some of the outlets could be in place by summer, officials said. The nine contracts, which affect Terminals, 4, 5, 7 and 8, were awarded on a 12-1 vote with Councilman Tony Cardenas the only holdout. Cardenas had urged his colleagues to postpone the vote and resume a probe by a special council panel into whether the bids were evaluated "fairly, responsibly and legally" by airport officials.
FOOD
January 6, 2010 | By Miles Clements
Crisp, impossibly airy cookies served straight from the freezer, their centers stuffed with slick buttercream, seem almost Space Age. They're somehow both sturdy and weightless. They dissolve the second they touch your tongue. These otherworldly treats are silvanas , colorful and classic Filipino cookies that could easily be mistaken for oversized French macarons . They're the namesake of House of Silvanas, a months-old sweets shop at the confluence of Silver Lake and Little Armenia.
WORLD
June 22, 2008 | Jeffrey Fleishman, Times Staff Writer
Men in rubber boots are swinging axes in the ice mist of the Tsukiji fish market. Frozen tuna skitters and slides across the warehouse floor, white slabs looking nothing like the delicate red flesh that will be sliced and rolled onto pretty plates in the sushi bars of Moscow, Berlin and Los Angeles. Thwacks and clatter echo through the 5:30 a.m. auction on the Tokyo waterfront; it is the moment when the tuna harvest meets the calculations of international financial markets. Much of the world sleeps when prices are set on a fish that has become as precious to the sushi business as gasoline is to drivers.
FOOD
June 9, 2004 | S. Irene Virbila, Times Staff Writer
If location is everything, then most L.A. restaurants should be severely in trouble. Unless that pretty new bistro or charming trattoria is just around the corner, you're not going to spot it while you're whizzing down Pico Boulevard or passing by high above on the freeway. In a sense, every restaurant in L.A. is a destination restaurant, because you have to make an effort to go, armed with a MapQuest printout or your faithful Thomas guide.
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June 8, 2001 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
Last fall, veteran Los Angeles Police Officer Steve J. Wynn began investigating a downtown fish wholesaler's claim that he had been defrauded out of more than $1 million by a pair of beach-area seafood restaurants. That is about the only thing that the parties involved in the complicated dispute agree on.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 1994 | TOMMY LI
Her business has yet to turn a profit, but Elizabeth Hokenson says she made the right call when she traded in her small-town life in San Luis Obispo County to run the Phone Co. restaurant in Glendale. "A lot of people say I have a lot of guts," said the Hokenson, 49, who left the small town of Harmony--population 40--last year. She came to Glendale because her husband, who died in 1991, is buried nearby. She bought the Phone Co., located near the Galleria, in November.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 1999 | From Associated Press
Chasen's restaurant, where Ronald Reagan proposed to his second wife and Jimmy Stewart held his bachelor party, served up one last helping of Hollywood lore on Sunday. The famed Beverly Hills gathering place for the movie industry's mightiest, which closed in 1995, auctioned its restaurant equipment and nearly 60 years of memorabilia. A photograph of Frank Sinatra and friends at Chasen's sold for $250. An autographed picture of comedian Jerry Lewis went to a bidder for $225.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 2001 | ANGELA PETTERA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Boxer No More: As of Saturday, Steven Arroyo has closed Boxer, an adventurous bistro that mixed California, French, Italian and Asian influences better than most. "After six years, you almost get bored by your own project," he tells us. So by mid-July Arroyo will open a Spanish restaurant named Cobras & Matadors at the same location (7615 W. Beverly Blvd., L.A.), featuring grilled meats cooked in the wood-burning oven he had built for Boxer. "I've never had a chef utilize it," he says.
NEWS
May 20, 2001 | MARIA ELENA FERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Thirty minutes into their first date and Matt McCarthy and Rachelle Roxborough are already horizontal--in bed, shoes kicked off, reclining on pillows, drinking martinis. Ah, this is how all romances should begin, muses McCarthy, 35. Here in this dimly lit room with flowing, sheer curtains and vibrant green plants; on this queen-size canopy bed, with a delicious dessert platter for two, and a pretty young thing for company. Perfection.
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