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December 26, 1996 | MAX JACOBSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Legendary French gastronome Brillat-Savarin once wrote, "The discovery of a new dish does more for mankind than the discovery of a new star." From a food critic's perspective, he couldn't have been more right. Restaurants come and go every year--as evidenced by the passing of local institutions such as Burrell's Rib Cage and Mezzaluna--but good dishes remain in the memory forever. This was a year of ethnic-eatery triumphs, and classic French and rustic Italian epiphanies.
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November 6, 2001 | MARC BALLON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dennis Rodman, the flamboyant former basketball star, wants to add restaurant mogul to his resume and has his sights set on Irvine, the quintessential planned community that embodies everything he's not--staidness and predictability.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 1998 | CATHY WERBLIN
After 43 years, Belisle Restaurant, the Harbor Boulevard eatery famous for its massive strawberry shortcakes, chocolate confections and enormous platters of flapjacks, has closed. Owners of the quirky restaurant bolted the establishment's wooden doors shut for good earlier this month, citing declining business. "It feels like someone has died," owner Carmen Roos said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2001 | SCOTT MARTELLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Grabbing a quick lunch at a drive-through window has become even quicker for some drivers in Orange County. Under an experimental program that began last year, motorists who use FasTrak transponders to pay fares on the county's toll roads have also been able to charge meals at four McDonald's restaurants.
NEWS
January 6, 1991 | ERIK HAMILTON
Cars, clothes and conversation change over the decades, but one fact remains the same: Teen-agers have always found the time to hang out together outside of school. Here's a brief list of popular local hangouts, and--if they're still standing--what they have become. Happy Days in the 1950s Hi-Way 39 Drive-In Theater: A place to show off your car or your date, it's still operating in Westminster.
BUSINESS
December 6, 1990 | Chris Woodyard; Times staff writer
Two Vie de France restaurants in Orange County are expected to be franchised to an employee of the parent company, who is also expected to develop two other restaurants in the area, the firm said Wednesday. The full-service restaurants and bakeries in South Coast Plaza and Koll Center Irvine are the subject of negotiations expected to be completed in several weeks, said Vie de France President Richard M. Tolbert. The McLean, Va.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1990 | JERRY HICKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Red Onion restaurant chain, which two years ago paid the steepest civil fines ever levied in Orange County for health and safety code violations, agreed Friday to a new record payment of $380,654 for repetition of most of the old violations at its four restaurants in the county.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 1994 | DEBRA CANO
Maxwell's by the Sea, the city's landmark beachfront restaurant, will close Jan. 7 because it needs more than $1 million in repairs, city officials said. Community Services Director Ron Hagan said an inspection to disclose the condition of the building to new lessees earlier this month discovered that the building's foundation is crumbling and that major electrical, plumbing and exhaust repairs are needed. The building next to the pier on Pacific Coast Highway at Main Street was built in 1932.
BUSINESS
April 11, 1991 | Chris Woodyard / Times staff writer
Two Pesos Twist: The owners of the Two Pesos Mexican restaurants scheduled to open in La Habra and Costa Mesa later this year say they think there is room for more Mexican restaurants in Orange County. Their restaurants, they say, will offer a new twist on Mexican dining. For one thing, the restaurants will be mostly open air, with large doors open to the outside and atriums.
BUSINESS
September 7, 1999 | GREG HERNANDEZ, Greg Hernandez covers the restaurant industry for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-5989 and at greg.hernandez@latimes.com
Next time you have a hankering for a burger at a Ruby's Diner and you want coffee with it, it'll be Diedrich's. This month, Ruby's becomes the third Orange County-based restaurant chain to serve its customers Diedrich's brand coffee exclusively. Irvine-based Diedrich Coffee Inc., in the midst of an ambitious nationwide expansion effort, previously signed agreements to provide coffee at the El Torito and Claim Jumper restaurant chains, which also are headquartered in Irvine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 2001
August, 2001 The environmental health division of Orange County's Health Care Agency performs routine, unannounced inspections of the county's more than 11,000 restaurants, markets and other food establishments. When conditions violate state law or applicable county and municipal codes, inspectors can issue notices of violation. If inspectors find during an announced recheck that conditions have not been corrected, they can effectively close the business by suspending its health permit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2001 | CHRISTINE HANLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hoping to reduce beach pollution, several Southern California coastal cities are exploring whether restaurants should be forced to install costly systems for disposing of cooking grease. But restaurateurs and public officials said there isn't enough room in some seaside business districts to bury the bulky collection tanks. And with installation costs that could reach $50,000, many mom-and-pop operations said they simply cannot afford the expense without government assistance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2001
The environmental health division of Orange County's Health Care Agency performs routine, unannounced inspections of the county's more than 11,000 restaurants, markets and other food establishments. When conditions violate state law or applicable county and municipal codes, inspectors can issue notices of violation. If inspectors find during an announced recheck that conditions have not been corrected, they can effectively close the business by suspending its health permit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2001 | TINA BORGATTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nestled along Interstate 5, near the spot where Laguna Niguel, San Juan Capistrano and Mission Viejo meet, is a little greasy spoon filled with the smell of bacon and fried eggs and the chatter of truckers, locals and early-morning regulars. At Buffy's, real buttermilk pancakes and country-fried steaks still reign. But the grill at this '60s-style diner and beloved landmark is about to go cold. In a few months, Buffy's will be torn down to make room for a Carl's Jr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2001 | TINA BORGATTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nestled along Interstate 5, near the spot where Laguna Niguel, San Juan Capistrano and Mission Viejo meet, is a little greasy spoon filled with the smell of bacon and fried eggs and the chatter of truckers, locals and early-morning regulars. At Buffy's, real buttermilk pancakes and country-fried steaks still reign. But the grill at this 1960s-style diner and beloved landmark is about to go cold. In a few months, Buffy's will be torn down to make room for a new Carl's Jr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 2001 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A judge this week ruled in favor of an Orange County tavern that is fighting California's ban on smoking in bars, marking the latest of several defeats for local prosecutors attempting to enforce the 3-year-old law. The ruling, in which the judge found the law unconstitutional, applies only to Lucky John's in Fullerton. But it and other recent court decisions are setting the stage for a Supreme Court showdown over the law.
BUSINESS
January 18, 2000 | GREG HERNANDEZ, Greg Hernandez covers the restaurant industry for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-5989 or greg.hernandez@latimes.com
The El Pollo Loco chain is starting the new year off with a new owner and advertising slogan: "When You're Crazy for Chicken." The Irvine-based chain, purchased by the New York Investment firm of American Securities Capital, launched the first in a series of high-energy television commercials Jan. 3 featuring people breaking into the "chicken dance" during the course of their day.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 1993 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Continuing a push to bolster the number of restaurants in the city, the Planning Commission this week approved plans for a Chevys Mexican Restaurant. The family-style Mexican restaurant was the third dining house approved by the commission this month. The city staff has indicated that Mission Viejo is "still losing about 30% of our diners to other cities, which suggests that there is still room in Mission Viejo for more restaurants," Commissioner Sherri Butterfield said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2001 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The city of Newport Beach has made good on its pledge to crack down on raucous behavior at a restaurant owned, in part, by former NBA star Dennis Rodman. The city attorney asked an Orange County Superior Court judge Friday to ban live entertainment and dancing at Josh Slocum's, Rodman's bay-side seafood restaurant in Newport Beach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2001 | STANLEY ALLISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The leading cause of the sewage spills that have plagued Orange County recently is grease and oil buildup in sewer pipes from restaurants and high-density residential areas, the grand jury reported Wednesday. Although sewage spills do not always result in beach closures, almost all of the closures are the result of contamination from sewage spills into drains or waterways that flow into the ocean, the report stated.
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