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August 13, 2011
On a recent visit to Vancouver, Canada, we came across this gem. Vancouver Community College has a culinary arts department that teaches students to be chefs. It has two restaurants: J.J.'s and Wild Salmon. We ended up eating lunch at one and dinner at the other in one day. The food was excellent, and the prices were very reasonable. I had a wonderful sunflower seed-encrusted halibut for $11, and my wife had a fantastic salmon steak, also $11. The menu changes daily. If you call ahead, they can tell you what is fresh that day. They also have a full wine list.
November 27, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Wish that turkey would just cook itself? Tuckered out after hours at the mall? That's why many American restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving and serving up special bargains on Black Friday. On the holiday itself, Boston Market will serve up a full Thanksgiving meal for dine-in patrons while also dishing up takeout. Buca di Beppo, open at 11 a.m. and taking reservations, will offer Italian-style Thanksgiving fixings. At Claim Jumper, there will be a three-course dinner on Thursday.
April 8, 1992
Hey, restaurant owners, we're on your side. You have the wine, baguettes and butter, we have the money, time and desire. All we're asking for is fresh air to eat, drink and be merry. What you and your employees and we and our friends don't need is cancerous cigarette nicotine smoke odor permeating what should be a lovely time for all of us. DUKE RUSSELL Hollywood
July 17, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
Restaurants fueled a 27,910 rise in franchise jobs in June, according to a report released Wednesday by a national payroll processor. About 75% of private-sector franchise jobs added last month were from restaurants, the ADP National Franchise Report found. It's an increase over the 19,160 jobs added in May. “Restaurants can be credited for the majority of the growth and are followed by, to a lesser extent, gas stations [and] auto repair shops, business services and accommodations,” Ahu Yildirmaz, senior director of the ADP Research Institute, said in a statement.
December 23, 2009
Hotel-casino Aria, the Cesar Pelli-designed centerpiece of Las Vegas' $8.5-billion CityCenter, has opened, along with restaurants from chefs such as Masa Takayama, Shawn McClain, Michael Mina and Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Directly off Aria's lobby is Takayama's Japanese restaurant Bar Masa, designed by Richard Bloch, with a three-story high entrance and seating for 256. (Shaboo, the more intimate shabu-shabu restaurant located inside Bar Masa, is set to open this weekend.
November 6, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
Work is underway on an $80-million shopping and dining complex in El Segundo that its owners hope will become a meeting place for South Bay families and workers. The center, to be called the Point, is being built at the northeast corner of Sepulveda Boulevard and Rosecrans Avenue. It is being built by Federal Realty Investment Trust, which also owns the Plaza El Segundo shopping center next door. The Point is intended to complement Plaza El Segundo, which houses large retailers such as Best Buy, Whole Foods Market and Dick's Sporting Goods.
April 22, 2011 | By Matt Donnelly, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Celebrities spend a lot of time in bars and restaurants, and many of them seem compelled to eventually own one. Drawing a crowd is certainly easier with a big name attached, but why would a famous actor or musician want the hassle? Tax write-off? Vanity project? Most likely, hospitality is in the DNA of any great entertainer. "For people in the industry, a big part of the draw is working with creative minds, so an obvious perk is enjoying that off the clock. Think back to the Rat Pack — the idea of powerhouses in a protected space at a table for drinks and great food.
December 12, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
You've got gifts covered for your significant other, your best friend and your mom. But what about the mailman? The gardener? The poor, neglected schoolteacher? That's where tipping comes in. Compared to last year 88% of Americans plan to tip the same amount in 2012, according to a new survey of 1,719 people from Zagat. Nearly half do it to express their gratitude for services. Four in 10 tip to reward hard work and valuable help. Ten percent of Americans tip out of obligation, while 1% are pressured into it out of fear of backlash.
August 20, 2010 | By Sharon Bernstein, Los Angeles Times
With consumers and businesses keeping a lid on expenses, more and more small and mid-size restaurants are throwing in their dish towels and closing up shop. Southern California lost nearly a thousand more restaurants than it gained during the 12 months that ended in March, representing a net 2% drop that was twice the national average, according to the New York research firm NPD Group. Nearly all the closings were among independently owned restaurants: small, family businesses that just couldn't hold on as customers held back.
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