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April 1, 1990
I enjoyed the article about Sizzler, and its depiction of Sizzler cuisine--"Is it pre-Melrose, Melrose or post-Melrose?" I've been to many Sizzlers, and the hamburger seems to have disappeared off the menu. A better question might be is the hamburger post-Melrose, or am I merely post-Sizzler? JOHN M. HENDRY Van Nuys
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2011
books 'Go the ---- to Sleep' by Adam Mansbach Mansbach's hilarious, profane picture book for exhausted parents, from renegade independent publisher Akashic Books. By the numbers: 11 weeks on the L.A. Times bestseller list; four weeks at No. 1 on the L.A. Times bestseller list (including Aug. 21); 115 days in Amazon's Top 100; six printings, totaling 450,000 copies. Why it worked: This profane, irreverent book is just short enough for even the most sleep-deprived parent to get through before nodding off - and the bleary-eyed can opt for the audio version, read by actor Samuel L. Jackson.
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BUSINESS
February 9, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Sizzler, the steak restaurant chain mainly located in the western U.S., was put up for sale by the Australian buyout firm that purchased it in 2005. Pacific Equity Partners, a Sydney-based private equity firm, hired investment bank Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin to find a buyer, Sizzler said. Pacific Equity Partners acquired Worldwide Restaurant Concepts Inc., Sizzler's owner, for $208 million.
BUSINESS
June 11, 2011 | By Sharon Bernstein, Los Angeles Times
The U.S. operations of the Sizzler restaurant chain, headquartered in Culver City, have been spun off by longtime owners as part of a revitalization effort. The company had been partly owned by the Australian private equity group Pacific Equity Partners. Now, the U.S. operations will be owned by a group that includes Chief Executive Kerry Kramp and longtime shareholders Jim Collins and Kevin Perkins. Kramp, who came to Sizzler from the HomeTown Buffet chain, has pushed to update the 1960s-era chain by adding new items to the menu, bring salad bar offerings up to date and pushing franchisees to remodel their stores.
BUSINESS
September 9, 2010 | By Sharon Bernstein, Los Angeles Times
Familiar restaurant names are starting to show up in the parade of brightly painted food trucks jostling for customers. In Los Angeles, the venerable Canter's Deli, a fixture on Fairfax Avenue since 1931, is now also serving potato pancakes and matzo-ball soup from a truck. The upscale Border Grill restaurants have two trucks, serving gourmet tamales in paper cups so they're convenient for pedestrians to eat. For dessert, there's the Sprinkles Cupcakes chain, which added a truck to its 11 brick-and-mortar locations last year.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 2003
RE "Revenge of the Hassled Waiters," by Gayle Pollard-Terry and Shawn Hubler, June 11: I don't know which is more absurd: a family of six "dining" at Sizzler for $30 and expecting special treatment or reporters interviewing personnel at Pacific Dining Car (where one person might get out for $30) for their opinions of the service at Sizzler. Mary Ann Scott Los Angeles
NEWS
December 27, 1987
On Sept. 28, a request was made by the Sizzler restaurant (chain) for a zoning variance on the lot at the rear and across the alley from their restaurant on Washington Boulevard at Stanford Avenue. This would allow them to remove the house and add a parking lot for 14 additional cars. Items brought up at that meeting that I believe contributed to the basis for denying the request were: 1. Sizzler already has more parking spaces than is required. 2. Sizzler does nothing to control the present parking area as to who (may park there)
NEWS
January 31, 1991
In our pile of ballots, we discovered a packet from a sixth-grade class at the Imperial School in La Habra. Here are some of their responses (not necessarily the top vote-getters, just the ones we liked the bestl . .) BEST cookie chain: Oreos. BEST place for a romantic meal: Sizzler. BEST place for an expensive meal: Sizzler; Marie Callender's. BEST Italian restaurant: Pizza Hut. BEST Asian restaurant: Round Table. BEST breakfast: Bob's Big Boy. BEST seafood: Sizzler.
TRAVEL
February 10, 2002
As a lover of Peruvian cuisine, I find it interesting--no, disturbing--that writer William Steigerwald chose to sample tacos and Tony Roma's while in Lima, Peru ("In a Gray Light, Lima's Softer Side Shines," Jan. 27). This makes about as much sense as dining on lasagna and Sizzler while in Germany. He would have done a much greater service to his readers--not to mention Peruvian chefs--had he wandered into some of the world-class restaurants that have thrived in Lima for the past 10 years.
NEWS
January 15, 1987
The City Council has approved development of a 22-unit motel at 5318 Rosemead Blvd. but imposed three conditions. No more than four of the units can have kitchenettes, each unit cannot be occupied by the same person for more than 21 days in a 90-day period and units cannot be rented more than two times in a 24-hour period. The motel will be half a block away from a proposed redevelopment project at the southwest corner of Rosemead Boulevard and Broadway.
BUSINESS
September 9, 2010 | By Sharon Bernstein, Los Angeles Times
Familiar restaurant names are starting to show up in the parade of brightly painted food trucks jostling for customers. In Los Angeles, the venerable Canter's Deli, a fixture on Fairfax Avenue since 1931, is now also serving potato pancakes and matzo-ball soup from a truck. The upscale Border Grill restaurants have two trucks, serving gourmet tamales in paper cups so they're convenient for pedestrians to eat. For dessert, there's the Sprinkles Cupcakes chain, which added a truck to its 11 brick-and-mortar locations last year.
HOME & GARDEN
August 22, 2009 | Isla Setziol
In the heat of August, many plants look as if they are barely hanging in there. Not so cannas. Cannas thrive on scorching days. These tropical plants resemble tiki torches aflame with flowers in lipstick red, banana yellow and the orange of a ripe apricot. Some of the most vigorous and dramatic cannas can shoot up 5 to 7 feet. Ventura County horticulturist John Schoustra says the trick to spectacular cannas is pruning. "The minute you see seedpods, cut off that stem all the way to the ground, which makes room for a new vigorous one," he says.
TRAVEL
December 7, 2008 | Hugo Martin, Martin is a Times staff writer.
From the rock layer beneath the Los Padres National Forest, several hot springs bubble to the surface. But the Sespe Hot Springs, in the heart of the Sespe Wilderness, have a reputation among hikers as the hottest in Southern California. No one, it seems, keeps an official ranking of hot springs, but having soaked in a few natural hot springs over the years, I wanted to answer the question: Is Sespe Hot Springs tepid, like dishwater, or "¬°Ay, caramba!" hot?
BUSINESS
February 9, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Sizzler, the steak restaurant chain mainly located in the western U.S., was put up for sale by the Australian buyout firm that purchased it in 2005. Pacific Equity Partners, a Sydney-based private equity firm, hired investment bank Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin to find a buyer, Sizzler said. Pacific Equity Partners acquired Worldwide Restaurant Concepts Inc., Sizzler's owner, for $208 million.
BUSINESS
October 24, 2005 | Michael Hiltzik
What can you say about a 50-year-old restaurant chain that (almost) died? You can say that in Sizzler's latest incarnation, it's trying to recapture a reputation for quality and value it last possessed two decades ago. "Some people in the industry thought we went away," Ken Cole told me last week.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2005 | Richard Cromelin, Times Staff Writer
All that sunshine and all those black clothes. It was hard to think of anything else for a while at KROQ-FM's annual Weenie Roast concert, held Saturday in the near-record heat at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine. The earliest acts on the main stage, which opened for business a little before 4 p.m., defied the old advice about wearing white to keep cool, choosing instead to appear cool in modern-rock's color of choice.
BUSINESS
May 14, 1986 | BRUCE HOROVITZ, Times Staff Writer
After nearly two decades of continued successes, Collins Foods International Inc. is suddenly facing a myriad of financial headaches and said Tuesday that it expects to post a fourth-quarter loss of $5 million to $7 million--among the worst quarterly results in its history. A year ago, the Los Angeles-based restaurant company posted fourth-quarter net income of $4.
BUSINESS
February 4, 1985 | VICTORIA McCARGAR
Collins Foods International Inc., which has been working for the last couple of years to add pizza and pasta to its corporate menu, has brought in a former Pizza Hut executive to head a newly formed division. William Gagg, 37, a former senior vice president of restaurant operations for Pepsico Inc.'s Pizza Hut division, will join Collins Foods as a vice president and will serve as president of the new division.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 2005 | Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writer
A spring heat wave set records in parts of the Southland on Saturday and forecasters said the unusually warm conditions would continue through today before a slight cooling trend early in the workweek. Saturday's high of 88 in downtown Los Angeles was not a record for the date, but several readings elsewhere in Southern California were, said National Weather Service spokesman Bill Hoffer.
BUSINESS
April 30, 2005 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
The Sherman Oaks-based owner of the Sizzler dining chain, Worldwide Restaurant Concepts Inc., said Friday that it agreed to be purchased by an Australian investment firm for about $210 million in cash. The $7-a-share offer from Sydney-based Pacific Equity Partners was 42% higher than Thursday's closing price for Worldwide's stock and double the shares' value Dec. 7, the day before the company said it might be looking for a buyer. In heavy trading Friday, Worldwide's stock jumped $1.
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