June 24, 2011 |
For all its storied history — the Farmers Market, Canter's Deli — Fairfax Avenue's finest foodie days may be yet to come. In the wake of Animal's 2008 opening, the neighborhood has gained gourmet coffee (Coffee Commissary), eco-conscious butchers (Lindy & Grundy), a top-shelf burger (The Golden State), a reasonably priced brunch spot (Black Cat Bakery) and now perhaps its biggest surprise yet: a laid-back steakhouse with 28 craft beers on tap. At Rosewood Tavern, which opened officially on May 20, customers will find bar stools instead of tablecloths and ale options written in chalk rather than manuscript-size menus.
May 22, 2011 |
Like speed, greed kills. And a civil war between two racing factions of open-wheel racing threw this town's grand event into a near-lethal tailspin. After a 2008 reconciliation, IndyCar racing now has a dynamic new leader, Californian Randy Bernard, who faces the challenge of reversing declines in Indy 500 attendance and TV ratings. Last year, the national audience was down 40% from four years before. The Indianapolis 500 isn't what it used to be before the civil war broke out in the mid-'90s.
May 22, 2011 |
My recent trip to Indianapolis seemed nearly flawless — save for the drippy rain, save for the continuously bad directions from the locals. Asking for directions is always a great way to meet new people, not to mention an instant IQ test for a local populace. Can they think on their feet? Do they have any uncommon powers of description? In my Indy experience, no. Yet in the way stories unfold with surprising twists and unforeseen character development, I came to discover the people of this city are its greatest attraction.
March 16, 2011 |
Morton's Restaurant Group Inc., the Chicago-based upscale steakhouse chain, said it was exploring strategic alternatives to boost shareholders' value, including a potential sale of the company. Morton's, created in 1978 by Arnie Morton and Klaus Fritsch, has the support of Castle Harlan Inc. and Laurel Crown Partners, its two largest shareholders, and retained Jefferies & Co. as a financial advisor, the company said. Sales started rising again last year after two years of declines during the recession as diners reduced spending on high-end restaurants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 2010 |
Hal Solarz, 92, had just sat down for a family dinner at a downtown L.A. steakhouse Saturday night when he excused himself to go the bathroom. Ten minutes later, he hadn't returned. A grandson checked the bathroom and returned to the table with bad news: His grandfather was gone. "He kind of has dementia," said his daughter-in-law, Barbara Solarz. "He might not have remembered that he was with us or where he was. " What followed was a frantic search that lasted more than 20 hours, as the family chased a trail of clues.
November 4, 2010
Wolfgang's Steakhouse ? LOCATION: 445 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills; (310) 385-0640; http://www.wolfgangssteakhouse.net/beverlyhills . PRICE: Dinner appetizers, $2.95 to $20.95; soups and salads, $8.95 to $13.95; steaks and chops, $41.95 to $43.95; seafood and poultry, $21.95 to $33.95; sides, $6.95 to $12.95; desserts, $8.95. Corkage fee, $30. DETAILS: Open 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday.
November 4, 2010 |
"Well, hello," coos one of the svelte babes on either arm of an elegantly attired gentleman crossing the tongue of red carpet in front of Wolfgang's Steakhouse in Beverly Hills. A young manager in a suit is right there to greet the trio, sweeping them off to their anointed table in the swank dining room. Regulars and big spenders, preferably both, get the royal treatment at the 21/2-year-old Cañon Drive restaurant. It takes some kind of chutzpah to open a steakhouse named Wolfgang's a few blocks north of Spago , where Wolfgang Puck, SoCal's longest-reigning su- perstar, holds court.
May 29, 2010 |
Gary Sinise is probably best known for his long-running role as Det. Mac Taylor on CBS' "CSI: NY" and his Oscar-nominated performance as Lt. Dan in "Forrest Gump," but the Valley resident will show his true colors — as in red, white and blue — on Sunday night, co-hosting "The National Memorial Day Concert" on PBS. "It's a magnificent show that they hold right in front of the Capitol building," says Sinise. "I did this for the first time back in 2005. I was in Germany at the time on a USO tour with my band, the Lt. Dan Band (ltdanband.
November 8, 2009
Re: "Lawry's to settle bias suit," Nov. 3: It seems ridiculous that the Lawry's steakhouse chain will have to pay half a million dollars to males who bused tables before 2004 and couldn't be servers. Lawry's was far ahead of its time in hiring women. The same day, there was news about an article regarding the first female Beefeater guard at the Tower of London. It demonstrates how far Lawry's is ahead of the Brits. My recommended penalty is for Lawry's to donate all the prime rib dinners necessary to the UCLA and USC football teams to get them back on winning tracks.
July 13, 2009 |
From the outside, Boa Steakhouse's new digs on Sunset Boulevard don't look too promising: a sleek, anonymous office building close to the West Hollywood-Beverly Hills border with a valet station out front. Give up the Sunset Strip for this? That wondering makes the stunning space on the other side of the door even more surprising than it already is. Wow and double wow. Don't even think about eating inside.