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July 7, 1994 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Zuni Grill, Orange County restaurateur David Wilhelm's chic Southwestern-style eatery in Irvine, is being converted to a family-style restaurant featuring "home style" entrees, lower prices and a children's menu. Saddlerock Ranch, to open Friday, will offers ribs, fried chicken, meatloaf and an all-you-can-eat salad bar. The "Buckaroo's Menu" for children will include a $2.95 entree complete with a Buckaroo sundae, crayons and a place mat to color.
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December 8, 1994
West Coast Restaurant Ventures has closed Saddlerock Ranch, a family-oriented restaurant that opened in June in Irvine. The restaurant was in the space formerly occupied by Zuni Grill, a West Coast Restaurant Ventures eatery that closed earlier in the year. West Coast Restaurant's executive chef, John Sharpe, linked Saddlerock's closing to extremely tough competition from national restaurant chains operating in the same area. "The economies just weren't there," Sharpe said.
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August 11, 1994 | MAX JACOBSON, Max Jacobson is a free-lance writer who reviews restaurants weekly for the Times Orange County Edition
Saddlerock Ranch, named for a working ranch in Malibu, is the newest link in a chain that includes a number of Orange County's best-known upscale restaurants, such as Kachina, Bistro 201 and Diva. But it's something of a departure for West Coast Restaurant Ventures, the company that owns the chain. For one thing, Saddlerock Ranch is heavily themed, done up in a hokey Western motif. For another, the place is geared toward families.
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August 11, 1994 | MAX JACOBSON, Max Jacobson is a free-lance writer who reviews restaurants weekly for the Times Orange County Edition
Saddlerock Ranch, named for a working ranch in Malibu, is the newest link in a chain that includes a number of Orange County's best-known upscale restaurants, such as Kachina, Bistro 201 and Diva. But it's something of a departure for West Coast Restaurant Ventures, the company that owns the chain. For one thing, Saddlerock Ranch is heavily themed, done up in a hokey Western motif. For another, the place is geared toward families.
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February 2, 1991 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just over a month ago, the fruit hung heavy from the trees at Saddlerock Ranch in the mountains above Malibu, and owner Ronnie Semler was days away from harvesting a bumper crop. Then Arctic air blasted across California, and the avocado trees Semler had nurtured for nine years were ravaged in a few hours. A million-pound crop that would have sold for upwards of $1.40 a pound was destroyed. And the frost-damaged trees held out little promise of recovering to produce a crop next year.
NEWS
January 27, 1991 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just over a month ago, the fruit hung heavy from the trees at Saddlerock Ranch in the mountains above Malibu, and owner Ronnie Semler was days away from harvesting a bumper crop. Then Arctic air blasted across California, and the avocado trees Semler had nurtured for nine years were ravaged in a few hours. A million-pound crop that would have sold for upwards of $1.40 a pound was destroyed. And the frost-damaged trees held out little promise of recovering to produce a crop next year.
BUSINESS
December 8, 1994
West Coast Restaurant Ventures has closed Saddlerock Ranch, a family-oriented restaurant that opened in June in Irvine. The restaurant was in the space formerly occupied by Zuni Grill, a West Coast Restaurant Ventures eatery that closed earlier in the year. West Coast Restaurant's executive chef, John Sharpe, linked Saddlerock's closing to extremely tough competition from national restaurant chains operating in the same area. "The economies just weren't there," Sharpe said.
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April 28, 1989 | BOB BAKER, Times Staff Writer
As a beloved ex-President, Ronald Reagan almost always gets what he wants these days. But this week, one of Reagan's personal wishes was blocked by a federal convict with a typewriter. Last Friday, Reagan personally telephoned the National Park Service in Washington to add his support to proposed national historic landmark status for a mitten-shaped hill in the Santa Monica Mountains that includes prized Chumash Indian cave paintings. But on Monday, when the Park Service's advisory board met, it concluded that its hands were tied.
NEWS
September 26, 1991
KABC news anchor Ann Martin and weatherman Johnny Mountain will be honored by the Los Angeles Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for their segments to help pets. Martin, of La Canada Flintridge, recently co-produced a weeklong documentary about pet overpopulation. Mountain, of Pasadena, does a weekly pet adoption segment. They will be honored during the second annual Paloma Awards presentation at the Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu Sunday.
BUSINESS
July 7, 1994 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Zuni Grill, Orange County restaurateur David Wilhelm's chic Southwestern-style eatery in Irvine, is being converted to a family-style restaurant featuring "home style" entrees, lower prices and a children's menu. Saddlerock Ranch, to open Friday, will offers ribs, fried chicken, meatloaf and an all-you-can-eat salad bar. The "Buckaroo's Menu" for children will include a $2.95 entree complete with a Buckaroo sundae, crayons and a place mat to color.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1991 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just over a month ago, the fruit hung heavy from the trees at Saddlerock Ranch in the mountains above Malibu, and owner Ronnie Semler was days away from harvesting a bumper crop. Then Arctic air blasted across California, and the avocado trees Semler had nurtured for nine years were ravaged in a few hours. A million-pound crop that would have sold for upwards of $1.40 a pound was destroyed. And the frost-damaged trees held out little promise of recovering to produce a crop next year.
NEWS
January 27, 1991 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just over a month ago, the fruit hung heavy from the trees at Saddlerock Ranch in the mountains above Malibu, and owner Ronnie Semler was days away from harvesting a bumper crop. Then Arctic air blasted across California, and the avocado trees Semler had nurtured for nine years were ravaged in a few hours. A million-pound crop that would have sold for upwards of $1.40 a pound was destroyed. And the frost-damaged trees held out little promise of recovering to produce a crop next year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1991 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just over a month ago, the fruit hung heavy from the trees at Saddlerock Ranch in the mountains above Malibu, and owner Ronnie Semler was days away from harvesting a bumper crop. Then Arctic air blasted across California, and the avocado trees Semler had nurtured for nine years were ravaged in a few hours. A million-pound crop that would have sold for upwards of $1.40 a pound was destroyed. And the frost-damaged trees held out little promise of recovering to produce a crop next year.
NEWS
July 14, 1994 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, Benjamin Epstein is a free-lance writer who regularly contributes to the Times Orange County
Creating trends is one thing; bucking them is another. And restaurateur David Wilhelm's chic Zuni Grill concept just didn't work in family-oriented Irvine. So upscale Zuni is out, down-home Saddlerock Ranch is in--complete with a Buckaroo Menu for the little ones. The restaurant opened last week at the Crossroads shopping center. Like Zuni Grill, Saddlerock Ranch is operated by West Coast Restaurant Ventures, which once employed Wilhelm as director of operations.
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