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July 14, 1999 | Greg Hernandez
David Wilhelm, the creative force behind such Orange County eateries as Chimayo Grill in Newport Beach and French 75 and Sorrento Grille in Laguna Beach, is taking over the operations of the restaurant at the Sports Club/Irvine. Wilhelm said Tuesday that he expects to make major changes to the 120-seat Club Bar & Grill, including a new name, look and menu that Wilhelm said will be "fairly eclectic." A new name has not been chosen.
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NEWS
February 1, 1990 | DAN LOGAN, Dan Logan is a Corona del Mar-based writer who specializes in the fitness industry
Above a sweeping staircase, the wedge-shaped face of the Sports Club/Irvine juts upward like the prow of an ocean liner. The analogy is not an idle one. The spanking-new fitness super-club in the Koll Center Irvine resembles a cruise ship, a place where you can leave the ordinary world behind. At 130,000 square feet, the Sports Club/Irvine is a spacious, amenity-laden juggernaut built with the county's well-heeled fitness fanatics firmly in mind.
HEALTH
February 16, 1998
Beware. The Phantom Jim Rat is snooping around Southern California, looking at the best and worst in health clubs, from parking to juice bars to group exercise classes. And Jim isn't just any rat. He's been teaching for four years at various clubs in the area and is certified through the Aerobics and Fitness Assn. of America. * If the Sports Club / Irvine were a boat, it would be the QE2. If it were a car, it would be a Rolls-Royce Corniche. If it were an airplane, it would be the Concorde.
BUSINESS
July 7, 1989 | Michael Flagg, Times staff writer
Last year two developers who each planned a snazzy, multimillion-dollar health club in the John Wayne Airport area discussed merging and starting just one club. But the two never reached agreement. Now one club has a long head start--it is already well under construction--but the second developer has not abandoned plans. The first club, Sports Club/Irvine, is under construction on Koll Co. land across the San Diego Freeway from the airport.
BUSINESS
December 1, 1989 | MICHAEL FLAGG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When local developers want to put a little more pizazz into their office parks, they often try to get a hotel to locate nearby. It is also fashionable these days to have a restaurant or two around, preferably one with a chic name that sounds vaguely Italian or Southwestern. In some buildings you can even get your car washed and detailed or have a concierge take your suit to the cleaners. Now there a new wrinkle: health clubs.
BUSINESS
May 11, 1990 | MICHAEL FLAGG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's the dueling health clubs again. In the latest dispatches from the workout war here, the super-snazzy Sports Club/Irvine says new members are getting harder to find, and a competitor across the street could make customers even scarcer when it starts to build its Sporting Club soon. At the extra-spiffy Sports Club/Irvine along the San Diego Freeway, the stream of new memberships has slowed since the club opened over the winter.
BUSINESS
December 1, 1989 | MICHAEL FLAGG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When local developers want to put a little more pizazz into their office parks, they often try to get a hotel to locate nearby. It's also fashionable these days to have a restaurant or two around, preferably one with a chic name that sounds vaguely Italian or Southwestern. In some buildings, you can even get your car washed and detailed or have a concierge take your suit to the cleaners. But now--you'll pardon the expression--there is a new wrinkle: health clubs.
NEWS
July 20, 1992 | SUSAN CHRISTIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Somehow, it's fitting. Here in the epicenter of the buffed and tummy-tucked stand two of the nation's most spectacular health clubs--facing one another across the San Diego Freeway, mirror monuments to Southern California's preoccupation with appearance. First came the $30-million Sports Club--a 125,000-square-foot spa with such amenities as a basketball court, swimming pool, rock-climbing wall, child care center and restaurant.
BUSINESS
July 14, 1999 | Greg Hernandez
David Wilhelm, the creative force behind such Orange County eateries as Chimayo Grill in Newport Beach and French 75 and Sorrento Grille in Laguna Beach, is taking over the operations of the restaurant at the Sports Club/Irvine. Wilhelm said Tuesday that he expects to make major changes to the 120-seat Club Bar & Grill, including a new name, look and menu that Wilhelm said will be "fairly eclectic." A new name has not been chosen.
NEWS
July 20, 1992 | SUSAN CHRISTIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Somehow, it's fitting. Here in the epicenter of the buffed and tummy-tucked stand two of the nation's most spectacular health clubs--facing one another across the San Diego Freeway, mirror monuments to Southern California's preoccupation with appearance. First came the $30-million Sports Club--a 125,000-square-foot spa with such amenities as a basketball court, swimming pool, rock-climbing wall, child care center and restaurant.
NEWS
June 5, 1991 | PAMELA MARIN
Young, tanned, toned: They had that look on Saturday night at the Sports Club/Irvine. The look said, thirtysomething and single . The look was actually series of double-takes--yupsters checking each other out coming and going. The party at the tony health club--normally shuttered on Saturday nights--was hosted by Young Professionals Against Cancer, a 1 1/2-year-old group that raises money for the American Cancer Society Orange County Unit.
BUSINESS
May 11, 1990 | MICHAEL FLAGG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's the dueling health clubs again. In the latest dispatches from the workout war here, the super-snazzy Sports Club/Irvine says new members are getting harder to find, and a competitor across the street could make customers even scarcer when it starts to build its Sporting Club soon. At the extra-spiffy Sports Club/Irvine along the San Diego Freeway, the stream of new memberships has slowed since the club opened over the winter.
NEWS
February 1, 1990 | DAN LOGAN, Dan Logan is a Corona del Mar-based writer who specializes in the fitness industry
Above a sweeping staircase, the wedge-shaped face of the Sports Club/Irvine juts upward like the prow of an ocean liner. The analogy is not an idle one. The spanking-new fitness super-club in the Koll Center Irvine resembles a cruise ship, a place where you can leave the ordinary world behind. At 130,000 square feet, the Sports Club/Irvine is a spacious, amenity-laden juggernaut built with the county's well-heeled fitness fanatics firmly in mind.
BUSINESS
December 1, 1989 | MICHAEL FLAGG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When local developers want to put a little more pizazz into their office parks, they often try to get a hotel to locate nearby. It's also fashionable these days to have a restaurant or two around, preferably one with a chic name that sounds vaguely Italian or Southwestern. In some buildings, you can even get your car washed and detailed or have a concierge take your suit to the cleaners. But now--you'll pardon the expression--there is a new wrinkle: health clubs.
NEWS
June 5, 1991 | PAMELA MARIN
Young, tanned, toned: They had that look on Saturday night at the Sports Club/Irvine. The look said, thirtysomething and single . The look was actually series of double-takes--yupsters checking each other out coming and going. The party at the tony health club--normally shuttered on Saturday nights--was hosted by Young Professionals Against Cancer, a 1 1/2-year-old group that raises money for the American Cancer Society Orange County Unit.
HEALTH
February 16, 1998
Beware. The Phantom Jim Rat is snooping around Southern California, looking at the best and worst in health clubs, from parking to juice bars to group exercise classes. And Jim isn't just any rat. He's been teaching for four years at various clubs in the area and is certified through the Aerobics and Fitness Assn. of America. * If the Sports Club / Irvine were a boat, it would be the QE2. If it were a car, it would be a Rolls-Royce Corniche. If it were an airplane, it would be the Concorde.
BUSINESS
December 1, 1989 | MICHAEL FLAGG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When local developers want to put a little more pizazz into their office parks, they often try to get a hotel to locate nearby. It is also fashionable these days to have a restaurant or two around, preferably one with a chic name that sounds vaguely Italian or Southwestern. In some buildings you can even get your car washed and detailed or have a concierge take your suit to the cleaners. Now there a new wrinkle: health clubs.
BUSINESS
July 7, 1989 | Michael Flagg, Times staff writer
Last year two developers who each planned a snazzy, multimillion-dollar health club in the John Wayne Airport area discussed merging and starting just one club. But the two never reached agreement. Now one club has a long head start--it is already well under construction--but the second developer has not abandoned plans. The first club, Sports Club/Irvine, is under construction on Koll Co. land across the San Diego Freeway from the airport.
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