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February 18, 1998 | CYNDIA ZWAHLEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Before wraps, Frappuccino and frozen yogurt, consumers craved cookies. Entrepreneurs responded with endless batches in hopes of tasting the sweet profits enjoyed by the likes of Mrs. Fields and Wally "Famous" Amos. Movie-lot carpenter Royce Johnson, his wife, Sandi, and buddy Hugh McCurley were among those who joined the batter battles. In the early '80s, they founded Auntie Em's Kitchen in the Land of Ahhhs, today called just Auntie Em's Kitchen.
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February 12, 1998 | JILL LEOVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles City Council panel moved Wednesday to close a loophole that has hampered a new health crackdown on restaurants. In the process, members threw in some recommendations of their own aimed at cleaning up renegade eating establishments. "Before someone is able to open a restaurant, they should pass a basic test on how to deal with food," said Councilman Michael Feuer, chairman of the council's Arts, Health and Humanities Committee.
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January 18, 1998 | Cecilia Rasmussen
Today, its name is attached to a deli sandwich proffered to insomniacs with cast-iron stomachs. But for many years, the Band Box was favored by Los Angeles celebrities with a taste for raffish company and spicy comedy. In the 1940s, when Los Angeles' burgeoning Jewish population began leaving Boyle Heights, with its 30 synagogues and streets lined with barrels of pickled herring, Fairfax Avenue became the city's Jewish heart.
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January 15, 1998
The owner of a North Hollywood restaurant has been sentenced to two years probation and ordered to pay a $2,700 fine after refusing to allow a disabled woman and her service dog into the eatery, authorities said. Van Nuys Municipal Judge Michael Knight sentenced Pogos Echuryan, 44, owner of Tasty Burger, 12525 Vanowen St., after a jury found Echuryan guilty of one misdemeanor count of illegally denying entry to a public place, said Mike Qualls, a spokesman for the city attorney's office.
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January 1, 1998 | CARLA RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State authorities Wednesday cited a popular Korean restaurant for paying workers in cash and opened a wider investigation into other alleged unfair labor practices. Investigators with the state Division of Labor Standards Enforcement made an unannounced visit to the Chosun Galbi Restaurant in Koreatown after seeing news advisories that demonstrators would be picketing the establishment.
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December 12, 1997
The city's Planning Commission on Thursday recommended approval of a $30-million retail and restaurant complex to be built at the site where the landmark Lawry's restaurant once operated. The panel's decision came after developer Neil Nadler agreed to preserve the existing gardens and consider changes to the project to save the famed restaurant, rather than demolish it as planned. Some residents objected to the destruction of the building, a longtime popular eating spot, and state Sen.
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December 5, 1997 | BETTINA BOXALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two Los Angeles restaurants--one about to debut and the other in the planning stages--will mingle food and history at local landmarks. On Monday the TRAXX restaurant will open in Union Station, with dining on the restored north patio and a bar serving drinks in the former telephone room.
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November 27, 1997 | PETER Y. HONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County health inspectors closed the Original Pantry restaurant Wednesday, shutting the historic downtown eatery for the first time in its 73-year existence and upsetting its majority owner, Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan.
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November 21, 1997 | ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even back home in Peoria, the two visitors were saying, the media doesn't turn out when a restaurant is closed down for health code violations. Clearly, they said, eyeing the television cameras, this was no ordinary closure. Quite correct.
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October 23, 1997
The enchiladas were steaming and music blared from the jukebox. A jovial crowd packed the small brown booths. But this was no ordinary dinner crowd at Jasmin Restaurant in Boyle Heights. The small Mexican eatery, run by a group of women who live in Eastside housing projects, hosted a celebration to thank the community for its support. More than 50 people dined on rice and beans, enchiladas and cake to commemorate the restaurant's successful first few months.
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