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FOOD
March 16, 2012 | By Betty Hallock, Los Angeles Times
Big changes have hit Little Osaka, the iconic Japanese neighborhood that runs along Sawtelle Boulevard in West L.A. Take, for example, Plan Check Kitchen & Bar. The 4-week-old restaurant serving gourmet burgers, American comfort food and curated cocktails is Sawtelle's first gastropub. The street has for decades been a Japanese restaurant row: sushi, curry, yakitori, Franco-Japanese small plates, izakaya fare and land-of-the-rising-sun snacks. In the days just before opening, Plan Check owner Terry Heller wondered half-jokingly, "Do you think I'm crazy not to open a sushi place here?"
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NEWS
October 3, 2012 | By Jessica Gelt
Sam Nazarian, the 37-year-old power player behind SBE hospitality group, is transcending the no-longer-accurate moniker of "night life king" by expanding his popular Katsuya restaurant brand on an international scale. Late last month Nazarian signed a deal with M.H. Alshaya (a huge international retail franchise operator) to open 17 Katsuyas in the Middle East by 2017 with the first two, in Kuwait and Dubai, scheduled to open in 2013. This is in addition to Nazarian's investment in Adam Fleischman's buzzy Umami Burger, which Nazarian is helping to develop into a national chain.  Nazarian also has his sights set on Asia and is planning to open a branch of his SLS hotel chain in China.
FOOD
March 2, 2013 | By Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic
Hinoki is a fragrant cypress most Japanese associate with extremely expensive bathtubs, popular with the wealthy because the wood is used to build the soaking tubs at onsen , Japanese hot springs. Hinoki wood is also used to build the counters of the most prestigious sushi bars; long, smooth planks that are sanded every day and given weekly baths of milk. Hinoki & the Bird, on the other hand, is the new Century City restaurant from David Myers, who became well-known as the auteur behind restaurant Sona until it closed in 2010 and who runs the Melrose Avenue brasserie Comme Ça and the South Coast Plaza pizzeria Ortica.
NEWS
January 15, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The fourth restaurant in the gourmet Tavern family created by chef Suzanne Goin and business partner Caroline Styne has opened at the newly upgraded Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport. The Larder at Tavern in the post-security screening area of the terminal brings freshly baked breads and an open kitchen where diners can watch hot sandwiches and other dishes being made. Travelers may eat in or choose a "picnic box" (to-go meal) featuring items such as Nicoise Spanish tuna with olives, cucumber, tomato and aioli; and a vegan cobb salad with beets, avocado and sugar snap peas.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 2012 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
Sam Nazarian is taking his popular Katsuya Japanese restaurant brand global. The Los Angeles night-life impresario just signed a deal with behemoth retail franchise operator M.H. Alshaya to develop 17 Katsuyas in the Middle East by 2017, with the first two scheduled to open in Kuwait and Dubai in 2013. The announcement underscores how quickly Nazarian, founder and chief executive of SBE hospitality group, is pushing his company's key brands both nationally and internationally.
NEWS
February 14, 2013 | By Jay Jones
SLS Las Vegas , a trendy resort to be built on the grounds of the former Sahara, is scheduled to open in fall 2014 and promises to bring several Southern California clubs and restaurants to the Nevada desert. The former Sahara has been surrounded by chain link fencing since owners Sbe , whose chairman and chief executive is Sam Nazarian, closed the historic hotel about two years ago. The company is pumping $415 million into renovating the property, which has stood on the Strip since 1952.
NEWS
April 14, 2014 | By Terry Gardner
If you love being the first to sleep in a new hotel, this deal checks you into a hot new hotel as Las Vegas temperatures start to cool. SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino is scheduled to open on Aug. 25 and has an opening offer  for a discounted stay in a superior king room when you book a minimum two-night stay by April 30. The deal offers a Sunday-Thursday rate of $109 and a weekend rate of $139 for stays Sept. 1-Dec. 27. The rate doesn't include taxes or the $25 daily resort fee. Blackout dates are Nov. 3-6. SLS Las Vegas will have three towers and more than 1,600 rooms.
SPORTS
August 31, 2012
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NEWS
December 6, 2012 | By Jenn Harris
Wednesday night's episode of "Top Chef" was by far the worst performance I've seen from any contestants in the history of the show. The words "hate" and "disappointing" were thrown around so often by the judges I found myself slumping in my chair, grumpy when the show ended. So what happened?  It started at Pike's Place market with Padma Lakshmi in some questionable striped pants and local chef Daisley Gordon acting as guest judge. The chef teams of two butted heads as they built a makeshift outdoor kitchen and created breakfast on a stick for the market vendors.
NEWS
February 12, 2014 | By Jay Jones
The Southland will meet the Las Vegas Strip when the 1,600-room SLS Las Vegas celebrates its grand opening Aug. 29, just in time for Labor Day weekend L.A.-based sbe Entertainment Group , whose properties include the Abbey nightclub in West Hollywood and the Redbury Hotel in Hollywood, is the company behind SLS, which has a sister hotel of the same name in Beverly Hills. The hip Vegas resort is being carved out of the legendary Sahara Hotel, which closed in May 2011.
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