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June 10, 1993 | STEPHANIE SIMON
When the Thousand Oaks City Council recently admonished the Red Onion restaurant to clean up its act or face possible revocation of its liquor license, newly appointed manager James Camuso listened. He hired new security guards, met with police and consulted sound engineers about how to muffle the dance floor's raucous rock. And this week, he returned to the City Council to plead for a little mercy--or at least a second chance.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2000 | DAVID KELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Ventura County Grand Jury recommended Wednesday that the county adopt a system allowing customers to learn how clean local eateries are before stopping in for a bite. In its year-end report, the panel, whose role is chiefly advisory, suggested that the county's health officials devise an easily read rating system that would let consumers know how the restaurant fared in recent health inspections. Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego counties all post A, B and C ratings in restaurant windows.
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BUSINESS
September 7, 1993 | Jack Searles
A Texas entrepreneur has acquired control of the troubled Hudson's Grill restaurant chain and plans to restructure the company and move its headquarters from Ventura to Dallas. None of five Hudson's-owned units in Ventura County are expected to be affected immediately, but the firm's new head, David L. Osborn, said he hopes to eventually spin off all 13 company-owned restaurants to either franchisees or joint-venture partners, or set up lease-back arrangements.
NEWS
June 23, 1997 | VERONIQUE de TURENNE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Before the suburbs' steady march to the sea, Southern California's beach was an outlaw zone. No strip malls, no Starbucks, not a Wolfgang Puck Cafe in sight. Commerce was the local surf shop. Culture came in the guise of dozens of wood-frame burger shacks, paint blistered, colors fading. That old-time beach scene lives on at Neptune's Net.
BUSINESS
January 2, 1996 | LEO SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Bob Ciarelli was pleased to see theatergoers flocking to the Civic Arts Plaza in Thousand Oaks for the recent production of "Les Miserables." It's not that Ciarelli had a hand in the show. It's more that he was a very interested bystander. The Thousand Oaks resident is the owner of The New Jungleland Cafe, a bistro-style restaurant just down the street from the arts complex, in the Select Conejo Plaza shopping center on Thousand Oaks Boulevard.
NEWS
June 23, 1997 | VERONIQUE de TURENNE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Before the suburbs' steady march to the sea, Southern California's beach was an outlaw zone. No strip malls, no Starbucks, not a Wolfgang Puck Cafe in sight. Commerce was the local surf shop. Culture came in the guise of dozens of wood-frame burger shacks, paint blistered, colors fading. That old-time beach scene lives on at Neptune's Net.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2000 | DAVID KELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Ventura County Grand Jury recommended Wednesday that the county adopt a system allowing customers to learn how clean local eateries are before stopping in for a bite. In its year-end report, the panel, whose role is chiefly advisory, suggested that the county's health officials devise an easily read rating system that would let consumers know how the restaurant fared in recent health inspections. Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego counties all post A, B and C ratings in restaurant windows.
BUSINESS
August 24, 1993 | JACK SEARLES
A New York-based concern has closed a deal to purchase the Whale's Tail restaurant in Oxnard's Channel Islands Harbor. ARK Restaurant Corp. is paying an undisclosed price to former owner Michael Koutnik, according to Libby Wick, an ARK executive who has taken over as manager of the beach-area establishment. "The deal hasn't officially closed, but we've already assumed control," Wick said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1993 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS
A struggling Oxnard restaurant that trains developmentally disabled adults welcomed back an old friend Friday afternoon as Assemblyman Nao Takasugi (R-Oxnard) toured the Colonia establishment. "This provides a wonderful opportunity for disabled individuals," Takasugi said as he walked around the Magic Muffin Bakery & Deli at 580 E. 3rd St. "There was a time when disabled people weren't allowed to even leave their homes," Takasugi added. "This gives them a chance to really improve their lives."
BUSINESS
October 12, 1993 | JACK SEARLES
Bidders aren't falling over each other in a rush to operate restaurants on two city-owned beach properties in Ventura. Only one new applicant met an extended deadline for filing bids to develop and operate a restaurant at the foot of the just-reopened Ventura Pier, bringing the total number of applicants to four. A short walk from the pier, a vacant site formerly occupied by a seaside cafe adjoining the Holiday Inn has drawn just a single bidder. The new applicant for the pier location is H.E.G.
BUSINESS
January 2, 1996 | LEO SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Bob Ciarelli was pleased to see theatergoers flocking to the Civic Arts Plaza in Thousand Oaks for the recent production of "Les Miserables." It's not that Ciarelli had a hand in the show. It's more that he was a very interested bystander. The Thousand Oaks resident is the owner of The New Jungleland Cafe, a bistro-style restaurant just down the street from the arts complex, in the Select Conejo Plaza shopping center on Thousand Oaks Boulevard.
BUSINESS
July 11, 1995 | LEO SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ventura County restaurateur John Blonder of Simi Valley has teamed with Encino resident Ira Laufer, a longtime Ventura County businessman and a past deputy mayor of Ventura, to form Casa Fresh Inc., a Mexican fast-food restaurant. Casa Fresh, under construction in Northridge, is due to open early next month. The partners anticipate following the opening with a run through Ventura County, setting up restaurants in Ventura, Oxnard and Thousand Oaks within the next six months.
BUSINESS
October 12, 1993 | JACK SEARLES
Bidders aren't falling over each other in a rush to operate restaurants on two city-owned beach properties in Ventura. Only one new applicant met an extended deadline for filing bids to develop and operate a restaurant at the foot of the just-reopened Ventura Pier, bringing the total number of applicants to four. A short walk from the pier, a vacant site formerly occupied by a seaside cafe adjoining the Holiday Inn has drawn just a single bidder. The new applicant for the pier location is H.E.G.
BUSINESS
September 7, 1993 | Jack Searles
A Texas entrepreneur has acquired control of the troubled Hudson's Grill restaurant chain and plans to restructure the company and move its headquarters from Ventura to Dallas. None of five Hudson's-owned units in Ventura County are expected to be affected immediately, but the firm's new head, David L. Osborn, said he hopes to eventually spin off all 13 company-owned restaurants to either franchisees or joint-venture partners, or set up lease-back arrangements.
BUSINESS
August 24, 1993 | JACK SEARLES
A New York-based concern has closed a deal to purchase the Whale's Tail restaurant in Oxnard's Channel Islands Harbor. ARK Restaurant Corp. is paying an undisclosed price to former owner Michael Koutnik, according to Libby Wick, an ARK executive who has taken over as manager of the beach-area establishment. "The deal hasn't officially closed, but we've already assumed control," Wick said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1993 | STEPHANIE SIMON
When the Thousand Oaks City Council recently admonished the Red Onion restaurant to clean up its act or face possible revocation of its liquor license, newly appointed manager James Camuso listened. He hired new security guards, met with police and consulted sound engineers about how to muffle the dance floor's raucous rock. And this week, he returned to the City Council to plead for a little mercy--or at least a second chance.
BUSINESS
July 11, 1995 | LEO SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ventura County restaurateur John Blonder of Simi Valley has teamed with Encino resident Ira Laufer, a longtime Ventura County businessman and a past deputy mayor of Ventura, to form Casa Fresh Inc., a Mexican fast-food restaurant. Casa Fresh, under construction in Northridge, is due to open early next month. The partners anticipate following the opening with a run through Ventura County, setting up restaurants in Ventura, Oxnard and Thousand Oaks within the next six months.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 1993 | PATRICK McCARTNEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A kitchen fire in a Camarillo restaurant Wednesday evening forced more than 80 customers and employees to flee before flames gutted the structure, authorities said. Rock-N-Robin's American Grill was nearly a total loss after an automatic fire-suppression system apparently failed to douse a grease fire that started in the restaurant's kitchen. "I thought we were fine" after the fire-control system turned on automatically, said restaurant owner Robin Dame.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 1993 | PATRICK McCARTNEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A kitchen fire in a Camarillo restaurant Wednesday evening forced more than 80 customers and employees to flee before flames gutted the structure, authorities said. Rock-N-Robin's American Grill was nearly a total loss after an automatic fire-suppression system apparently failed to douse a grease fire that started in the restaurant's kitchen. "I thought we were fine" after the fire-control system turned on automatically, said restaurant owner Robin Dame.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1993 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS
A struggling Oxnard restaurant that trains developmentally disabled adults welcomed back an old friend Friday afternoon as Assemblyman Nao Takasugi (R-Oxnard) toured the Colonia establishment. "This provides a wonderful opportunity for disabled individuals," Takasugi said as he walked around the Magic Muffin Bakery & Deli at 580 E. 3rd St. "There was a time when disabled people weren't allowed to even leave their homes," Takasugi added. "This gives them a chance to really improve their lives."
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