June 23, 2013 |
Pizza and beer are a tasty pairing. A profitable one too. BJ's Restaurants Inc. specializes in deep-dish pizza and offers its own brand of craft-brewed beer, a combination that has helped it grow from a single restaurant in Santa Ana to 132 locations in 15 states. After its start in 1978, the Huntington Beach company grew slowly in Southern California. In 1996, it opened its first brewery - at its restaurant in Brea - and began selling beers that carried the BJ's name. That was also the year it went public.
August 20, 2010 |
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.
December 29, 2010 |
The bubbly may sparkle on New Year's Eve at the nation's restaurants, but business itself is expected to be essentially flat ? despite signs the economy is improving. Nationwide, restaurants are expecting a 1% drop in patrons Dec. 31 compared to last year. That's about the same amount of decline in business for all of 2010, according to the NPD Group. Todd Johnson, general manager of Lawry's the Prime Rib in Beverly Hills, said his restaurant is offering patrons a champagne toast at midnight, but no extravagant party.
October 15, 2012 |
Sick of being served a meal at your favorite restaurant against a backdrop of wailing phones, pulsating texts and gabby fellow diners? So are most other patrons. On average, 61% of American diners surveyed say it's inappropriate for restaurant customers to text, email, tweet or talk on their mobile phones while eating out, according to a new report from Zagat . That's down slightly from the last two years, when 63% of customers surveyed said phone use was a concern. Patrons are the least lenient in Connecticut, where 71% deemed such phone use to be a faux pas, according to the survey.
June 22, 2011 |
Call it sticker shock. Deborah Jourdan just can't stomach the menu at California Pizza Kitchen anymore. But the problem is not the price or the food. It's the calories. "I looked at the menu, and it said there were 1,100 calories in a plate of pasta," the 22-year-old North Hollywood resident said. Salads can run 1,400 calories or more. Pizza? Up to 1,500. That was earlier this year, and she hasn't been back since. "I don't think I'd go back there now," said Jourdan, eating a salad and a cookie at Panera Bread in Burbank, "because I'd be afraid there would be nothing for me to eat. " It's a scenario that worries restaurateurs across the nation.
December 12, 2012 |
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay will open two restaurants next week along Las Vegas ' ever-glittering Strip. Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill launches Tuesday at Caesars Palace , and Gordon Ramsay BurGR will open Dec. 22 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino . With Ramsay, a Scot who grew up in Stratford-on-Avon, at the helm, the Pub & Grill promises the feel and flavors of an authentic English eatery. It will be a restaurant serving dishes such as lamb T-bone and Cornish chicken and a pub with 36 beers on tap and 24 more in bottles.
February 12, 2012
If you find Yelp and Urbanspoon - let alone Foodspotting - to be too much work when you're searching for great restaurants in a new town, try a robot. Name: Alfred Available for: Android, iPhone, iPad What it does: This app analyzes your likes and recommends restaurants based on your previous favorites. Cost: Free What's hot: You don't have to spend ages in its initial quiz for Alfred to figure out what you like. ("Hi. I'm Alfred!
May 1, 2013
Jonathan Gold, the Los Angeles Times' Pulitzer Prize-winning restaurant critic and self-proclaimed “belly of Los Angeles,” is selecting his 101 favorite restaurants for a special section to be published in The Times on May 23. And if you're lucky, you could get an advance peek and a sampling from some of those hot spots. On May 21, The Times and Gold are hosting Bite Nite, an intimate tasting event with more than 20 selected restaurants. A limited number of tickets are available, and they will be sold only to Times members, starting May 8. Lunchtime with Mr. Gold The featured restaurants cover the rich variety of food in Los Angeles and include Alma, Chichen Itza, Corazon y Miel, Cut, Guelaguetza, Hart & Hunter, Jitlada, Ink, La Casita Mexicana, Lucques, Meals by Genet, Mozza, Sqirl and more.
July 18, 2007 |
WHEN chef Christopher Blobaum was opening Wilshire restaurant in Santa Monica, he wanted to do the right thing, both culinarily and environmentally. He buys much of the restaurant's produce at local farmers markets and sources meat and fish carefully. He uses solar-heated water for dishwashing and low-output fluorescent lighting. The deck out back is made from recycled lumber (and is built in a way that preserves the property's existing mature trees). Tables are set with woven vinyl Chilewich placemats that can be rinsed and reused instead of white linen tablecloths that need to be washed and bleached.
October 3, 2012 |
Fourteen years after he became the face of the “Subway diet,” keeping the weight off still isn't easy for Jared Fogle. The Indianapolis resident spends 200 days a year on the road. He rarely stays in a city for more than 24 hours. He's used to delayed planes, crazy hours and tempting food court offerings. “It's brutal,” said Fogle, who was recently in Los Angeles to support Subway's collaboration with the new Disney film “Frankenweenie.” But the 34-year-old, who helped Subway become one of the first national restaurant chains to successfully market healthfulness, makes do. He exercises “fairly regularly” but is far from a fitness buff, he said.