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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.
BUSINESS
January 21, 2009 | DAVID LAZARUS
If you check out Wolfgang Puck's Spago restaurant on the Better Business Bureau's website, you'll discover that, under the organization's new rating system, the world-famous Beverly Hills eatery merits a grade of B-minus. Why? That's hard to say. The online report says the bureau has received no complaints about Spago from customers and is unaware of any government actions against the restaurant. Now check out the considerably less prominent Cafe Santorini in Pasadena.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2013 | By David Lazarus
I'm not one to say I told you so. But just saying. The Better Business Bureau of the Southland, which oversaw the betterment of businesses throughout Southern California, was expelled Tuesday from the national organization. It can no longer use the BBB name and logo. "Over a period of more than two years, BBB of the Southland failed to resolve concerns about compliance with several standards required of BBBs, including standards relating to accreditation, reporting on businesses, and handling complaints," says Carrie A. Hurt, president and chief executive of the Council of Better Business Bureaus.
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
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.
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