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December 30, 1993 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Halina Douglas and her family gathered at a Sizzler's restaurant five years ago to celebrate her certification as a paralegal assistant, it was a poignant measure of how far she had come from the days when she was forced to flee war-torn Ukraine during World War II. But Douglas' moment of victory turned to disaster when a large menu sign fell from the wall and slammed into her head.
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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.
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BUSINESS
August 31, 2001 | JAMES F. PELTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sizzler International Inc., in a marketing gambit that hopes to deliver more steak than sizzle, said Thursday that it plans to change its name to Worldwide Restaurant Concepts Inc., effective Tuesday. The Culver City-based company, which has long struggled to lift its profit and stock price, said the name change would better reflect its international presence and its restaurants that aren't part of the Sizzler chain.
NEWS
June 3, 1996 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sizzler International, the nationwide steakhouse chain that started 39 years ago in a converted trailer in Culver City, on Sunday filed for Bankruptcy Court protection, the victim of shifting consumer tastes and relentless competition in the budget-priced restaurant business. Today, the company will close 130 U.S. restaurants and fire 4,600 employees, mostly part-timers.
BUSINESS
March 30, 1993 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sizzler International said Monday that it temporarily closed two restaurants in Oregon after a food-poisoning outbreak, and it hired a microbiologist to help find the source of the bacterial infection. Meanwhile, the news helped push Sizzler's stock price down nearly 12% on the New York Stock Exchange, falling $1.125 per share to close at $8.50. The scope of the problem remains unclear. The Los Angeles-based company said seven people contracted an E.
BUSINESS
July 22, 2000 | MELINDA FULMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With one foot in the buffet line and the other in the steak house world, Sizzler has earned a reputation in food circles as a "trough-brau," a place heavy eaters go to load up on $6.95 tri-tip and all-you-can-eat tapioca. But now it's trying to shake that image by introducing to the budget chain such extravagances as premium wine, USDA choice steaks and a soothing dark-wood interior.
BUSINESS
February 15, 1992 | BRUCE HOROVITZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No one leaves home with the intention of eating at a Denny's restaurant, Jay Leno wisecracked on a recent "Tonight Show." "You just kind of end up there." The audience's laughter seemed to underscore a question haunting the entire family restaurant industry, particularly in Southern California: Why eat at a coffee shop when fast food is half the price and a meal with a little more ambience is just a few bucks more?
BUSINESS
March 28, 2001
Sizzler International Inc., the Culver City-based operator and franchiser of Sizzler, KFC and Oscar's restaurants, said Thomas Metzger, president and chief executive of its Sizzler USA subsidiary, resigned. Metzger left the company after his father's death. Sizzler International President and Chief Executive Charles Boppel will assume Metzger's duties until a replacement is found. * Jack in the Box Inc. said longtime Chief Financial Officer Charles W. Duddles will retire from the company.
BUSINESS
August 4, 2000 | Associated Press
The owners of a Sizzler restaurant linked to a fatal E. coli outbreak shut down their second Sizzler in Wisconsin after two people who ate there became infected with the bacteria. Eschenbach & Boysa Management Co. voluntarily closed the Sizzler in the suburb of Wauwatosa, Wis., late Wednesday, the only other Sizzler in the state. The company last week closed its Milwaukee Sizzler, which is believed to be the source of the outbreak that has left 49 people ill, including 26 children.
BUSINESS
August 1, 2000 | MELINDA FULMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the number of E. coli victims from a Milwaukee Sizzler restaurant mushroomed to 42 Monday, Sizzler International officials scrambled to head off what could be a serious threat to its reputation and ultimately its economic survival. Milwaukee health officials on Monday confirmed 19 new cases of E. coli poisoning among people whohad eaten at a Sizzler franchise, just days after a 3-year-old girl died of complications from the food-borne illness.
BUSINESS
July 22, 2000 | MELINDA FULMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With one foot in the buffet line and the other in the steak house world, Sizzler has earned a reputation in food circles as a "trough-brau," a place heavy eaters go to load up on $6.95 tri-tip and all-you-can-eat tapioca. But now it's trying to shake that image by introducing to the budget chain such extravagances as premium wine, USDA choice steaks and a soothing dark-wood interior.
BUSINESS
November 19, 1998 | Reuters
Restaurant operator Sizzler International Inc. reported beefed-up profits on strong gains from both its domestic and international restaurants. The Los Angeles-based company said its quarterly net income more than doubled to $1.6 million, or 6 cents a share, compared with $776,000, or 3 cents, in the same period a year earlier. "In the past two years, we have changed from a company with operating losses in our largest market, the U.S.
BUSINESS
June 19, 1998
* Culver City-based Sizzler International Inc. reported fiscal fourth-quarter net income for the period ended May 3 of $2.4 million, or 8 cents per diluted share, compared with $2.0 million, or 7 cents, a year ago.
BUSINESS
June 19, 1998
* Culver City-based Sizzler International Inc. reported fiscal fourth-quarter net income for the period ended May 3 of $2.4 million, or 8 cents per diluted share, compared with $2.0 million, or 7 cents, a year ago.
BUSINESS
March 25, 1997 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sizzler International closed more restaurants than anticipated under Bankruptcy Court protection but will repay all of its creditors in full, the Los Angeles company revealed in its reorganization plan filed Monday. Sizzler is poised to return to profitability and expects to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings by June 1, a year after the original filing, said Christopher Thomas, chief financial officer of Sizzler International Inc.
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