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July 5, 1987
District Attorney Ira Reiner was celebrating a daughter's graduation at Spago Restaurant along with his family. It was a Monday evening, after working hours. Nonetheless, Reiner was making use of a car and driver which were paid for by the taxpayer. Even if Reiner reimburses the county, it still makes one wonder of our officials are not abusing the system of perquisites enjoyed by our elected representatives. GEORGE D. KRYDER Palm Desert
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FOOD
February 4, 2004 | David Shaw, Times Staff Writer
It was the night before my birthday, and my wife and son and I were having dinner at Spago Beverly Hills. The courses kept coming, one after another, 20 of them in all, and every once in a while, chef Lee Hefter came bounding out of the kitchen -- a spring in his step, a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his lips. Hefter looks on the kitchen as his personal laboratory, and he approaches it with the fresh-faced exuberance of a high-school sophomore in his first chemistry class.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1996 | S. IRENE VIRBILA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pioneering restaurateur Wolfgang Puck said Wednesday that he plans to move his flagship Spago restaurant from its longtime Sunset Strip location to the site of the Bistro Garden in Beverly Hills sometime this summer. Puck told The Times about the move in a phone call he made while on a flight to Hong Kong on Wednesday. His assistant, Patricia Samuels, confirmed that Puck had obtained the space.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2001 | JERRY HIRSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Spago Hollywood, the restaurant of the stars where entertainment careers soared and crashed over California fare prepared by chef Wolfgang Puck, will close its doors March 31, eclipsed by the newer Spago Beverly Hills and the loss of its celebrity clientele. The success of Spago made Puck, who opened the 180-seat restaurant in 1982 on the Sunset Strip, a star in his own right.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2001 | JERRY HIRSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Spago Hollywood, the restaurant of the stars where entertainment careers soared and crashed over California fare prepared by chef Wolfgang Puck, will close its doors March 31, eclipsed by the newer Spago Beverly Hills and the loss of its celebrity clientele. The success of Spago made Puck, who opened the 180-seat restaurant in 1982 on the Sunset Strip, a star in his own right.
FOOD
February 4, 2004 | David Shaw, Times Staff Writer
It was the night before my birthday, and my wife and son and I were having dinner at Spago Beverly Hills. The courses kept coming, one after another, 20 of them in all, and every once in a while, chef Lee Hefter came bounding out of the kitchen -- a spring in his step, a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his lips. Hefter looks on the kitchen as his personal laboratory, and he approaches it with the fresh-faced exuberance of a high-school sophomore in his first chemistry class.
BUSINESS
May 8, 1996 | DENISE GELLENE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Chef has decided to take The Card--at his Wolfgang Puck Cafes, anyway. Puck's change of heart is only a small victory for American Expresss, since its card still isn't accepted at Puck's famous Spago and Granita restaurants. Puck dropped American Express from those restaurants in 1994 when he formed an alliance with the card's rival, Visa, to save money. In the war among the credit card companies, apparently even small victories are worth celebrating.
NEWS
April 26, 1989 | NIKKI FINKE, Times Staff Writer
Something's missing at Spago these days. No, it's not the guacamole slathered over the gourmet Tex-Mex pizzas. Or chef-owner Wolfgang Puck overseeing creme brulees from the kitchen. Or regulars like Angie Dickinson, Joan Collins and Michael Caine playing kissy-face at the see-and-be-seen front tables. What's missing is the gaggle of celebrity photographers, who, like vultures circling their prey, have stalked the West Hollywood eatery almost from the day it opened, searching out the stars whom "enquiring minds" want to know about most.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 1990
A power outage caused a major blackout in the Sunset Strip area of West Hollywood on Friday night, cutting electricity to nightclubs and causing a major traffic jam on Sunset and Santa Monica boulevards, authorities said. "Traffic has just come to an absolute standstill and it's giving us fits," said Sgt. Gaylord Cox, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. An explosion in an underground vault may have caused the 8:45 p.m. outage, said Melanie Savage, a Southern California Edison Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 1987
A judge issued an arrest warrant when one of three men accused of stealing Dist. Atty. Ira Reiner's car and kidnaping his bodyguard failed to appear for a pretrial hearing. Santa Monica Superior Court Judge Robert Thomas issued the arrest warrant Monday for Victor M. Lopez, 20, who had been free on $30,000 bail.
BUSINESS
May 8, 1996 | DENISE GELLENE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Chef has decided to take The Card--at his Wolfgang Puck Cafes, anyway. Puck's change of heart is only a small victory for American Expresss, since its card still isn't accepted at Puck's famous Spago and Granita restaurants. Puck dropped American Express from those restaurants in 1994 when he formed an alliance with the card's rival, Visa, to save money. In the war among the credit card companies, apparently even small victories are worth celebrating.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1996 | S. IRENE VIRBILA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pioneering restaurateur Wolfgang Puck said Wednesday that he plans to move his flagship Spago restaurant from its longtime Sunset Strip location to the site of the Bistro Garden in Beverly Hills sometime this summer. Puck told The Times about the move in a phone call he made while on a flight to Hong Kong on Wednesday. His assistant, Patricia Samuels, confirmed that Puck had obtained the space.
NEWS
April 26, 1989 | NIKKI FINKE, Times Staff Writer
Something's missing at Spago these days. No, it's not the guacamole slathered over the gourmet Tex-Mex pizzas. Or chef-owner Wolfgang Puck overseeing creme brulees from the kitchen. Or regulars like Angie Dickinson, Joan Collins and Michael Caine playing kissy-face at the see-and-be-seen front tables. What's missing is the gaggle of celebrity photographers, who, like vultures circling their prey, have stalked the West Hollywood eatery almost from the day it opened, searching out the stars whom "enquiring minds" want to know about most.
OPINION
July 5, 1987
District Attorney Ira Reiner was celebrating a daughter's graduation at Spago Restaurant along with his family. It was a Monday evening, after working hours. Nonetheless, Reiner was making use of a car and driver which were paid for by the taxpayer. Even if Reiner reimburses the county, it still makes one wonder of our officials are not abusing the system of perquisites enjoyed by our elected representatives. GEORGE D. KRYDER Palm Desert
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2000 | MICHAEL QUINTANILLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Politicos, royalty and movie stars packed Spago restaurant in West Hollywood on Sunday night for a Rolling Stone magazine Oscar bash that raised $250,000 for Children Uniting Nations. The Los Angeles-based nonprofit group promotes the international welfare of parent-less, abused and homeless kids. The party included a sit-down dinner of smoked salmon, goat-cheese-stuffed chicken and a chocolate dessert topped with an edible Oscar statuette that many guests had wrapped to go.
REAL ESTATE
May 10, 1987
Restoration of a historic landmark cafe is in progress at 5330 E. Olympic Blvd. in East Los Angeles under joint development of TELACU (The East Los Angeles Community Union) and Stan Kandel of Dining Conceptions Inc., a founding partner of Spago restaurant in Beverly Hills. Renamed del Fuego the original structure was built in 1927 and operated through the 1940s as the Ross Cafe, a popular family dining spot.
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