March 25, 1993 |
Denny's restaurants were accused Wednesday in a federal class-action lawsuit of imposing cover charges on black patrons, forcing them to pay in advance and other acts of discrimination. The suit charged that Denny's also had refused service to some African-Americans, subjected them to derogatory remarks and refused to honor their requests for its free "birthday meal" offer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 1992 |
For those who didn't know there actually are recipes for hash browns, be assured there's a good one in use at Crazy Otto's Diner, located so close to the Southern Pacific railroad tracks in Lancaster that your seat actually vibrates when the trains roll by. So says new owner Donald Whitbeck, who also believes those copycats over at the Copper Skillet in Palmdale have stolen it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 1992
A Superior Court judge Friday ordered a downtown Los Angeles restaurant to reinstate a waitress who successfully sued the eatery for age discrimination. Otto Rothschild's restaurant at the Music Center was ordered to rehire Lisa Marie Belanger, 51, who was awarded $596,500 in compensatory and punitive damages by a jury in December. Judge Charles E. Jones also refused to grant a retrial request by attorneys for the restaurant and its parent company, Restaurant Enterprises Group. Charles T.
January 31, 1992 |
Rejecting the notion that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the West Coast owners of the Hard Rock Cafe chain filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles on Thursday against rival eatery Planet Hollywood. The U.S. District Court case alleges that Planet Hollywood executives conspired to force Hard Rock Cafe to sell its assets below market value by creating "a chain of highly publicized entertainment/music themed restaurants . . . similar (to Hard Rock) but of substantially lower quality."
November 3, 1991 |
Three years ago, Jack A. Clark, a 36-year-old auto mechanic, sat down to dinner at the Mexicali Rose restaurant in nearby Alameda and bit into a hand-prepared chicken enchilada. Suddenly, according to his lawyer, Clark was on the floor choking from a one-inch bone caught in his throat. Suffering serious injuries, he was rushed by ambulance to a hospital. Three throat operations later, his medical bills exceeded $25,000.
July 6, 1990 |
Esco Development Co., a Chino Hills construction contractor, said Thursday that it had agreed to a $425,000 settlement in a lawsuit it brought against Galardi Group, parent company of Wienerschnitzel restaurant chain, and four local lawyers. The dispute centered on a now-defunct company called Back Bay Enterprises Inc., which incorporated in 1986 for the purpose of building five Weldon's restaurants that would operate under a franchise agreement with the Galardi Group in Newport Beach.
May 26, 1989 |
What were L.A. restaurants known for before the grilled baby vegetables era? Two things: 1) Fast food. 2) Bizarre decor. On one hand, the cafeteria and the drive-in, and on the other, the theme restaurant and the eatery shaped like a hot dog or a derby hat. Traditions with roots like these don't die out at a puff of sushi breath. Both the Burger That Ate L.A. and Woodie's Goodies are here to confirm everything the outside world used to believe about us before it started to think we live on kiwi and pink tofu.
March 10, 1988
The Los Angeles County Counsel's office has recommended an out-of-court settlement of $75,000 with the owners of Alice's Restaurant in Malibu in a dispute over parking lot privileges. Restaurant representatives filed a $920,000 breach-of-lease suit against the county and the state for not limiting use of the adjacent parking lot to patrons of pier businesses. The restaurant, owned by Japedemy Inc.