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BUSINESS
November 22, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
TGI Fridays' owner, Minneapolis hospitality and travel company Carlson, said -- yes, on Friday -- that it has authorized a review of strategic alternatives that may include selling the casual sit-down chain. “Capitalizing on Fridays' strong marketplace momentum, the board has determined that this is the optimum time to assess its options for the iconic restaurant brand, including a possible sale,” said Trudy Rautio, Carlson's chief executive.   TGI Fridays, whose first location opened in 1965 in New York City, claims credit for creating the Long Island iced tea and launching the first happy hour.
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NEWS
January 28, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
Chris Cosentino, chef of Incanto in San Francisco, "Top Chef Masters" winner and the name behind PIGG at Umamicatessen, will host a one-night-only dinner at the downtown L.A. food emporium Wednesday. The menu, befitting the name PIGG, will be pork-centric: ham platters, pigs blood soup, sausage-stuffed dates, pasta with cured pork liver, crispy pigs ears, pigs head, etc. Each dish is unique to the dinner (not available on the regular PIGG menu). Here's the full menu: Bloody Roman beer with oysters; ham platters and pickled vegetables; raw roots, leaves and garum (the latest trendy fish sauce)
NEWS
December 17, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
What says happy holidays like a big ol' slab of fudge? Local chocolate shop John Kelly Chocolates makes "The Slab," three pounds of its signature truffle fudge -- creamy stuff that's a cross between ganache and old-fashioned fudge, coated in a layer of semi-sweet chocolate. There are 17 flavors, including chocolate with walnuts, peanut butter, and semi-sweet chocolate and caramel with Hawaiian red sea salt.  The Slab measure 5-by-11 inches and serves up to 48 people. That is a lot of fudge.
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.
TRAVEL
March 20, 2011 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
WHERE TO STAY Lodging options are slim around Griffith Park, perhaps because there are so many rooms in nearby Hollywood. But there are a few spots, including these. Hotel250, also known as the Hollywood Silver Lake Hotel & Suites, 250 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles 90004; (213) 639-1920, http://www.hotel250.com . This former Holiday Inn, set on a hillside south of the 101 Freeway, has 65 rooms, free Wi-Fi, parking and continental breakfast and an unheated outdoor pool.
FOOD
May 19, 2012 | By Betty Hallock, Los Angeles Times
Is a hyper-curated playlist the new house-made charcuterie? Whether a restaurant's playing Lady Gaga or Langhorne Slim says as much about the place as its Mason jar drinking glasses or farm-to-table pickle plate. And in an era when even Facebook tracks one's music choices, restaurants are paying more attention than ever to what goes with the hickory-roasted carrots - not just the za'tar -laced crème fraîche but, say, also Lambchop (the band, not the meat). When a customer walks into a restaurant - even before Jack White's "Sixteen Saltines" becomes the soundtrack for the sunchoke soup - the music sets the tone for the dining experience, says Bill Chait, the restaurateur behind L.A.'s Short Order, Picca, Sotto, Rivera and Playa, among others.
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
June 10, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deals and Travel Blogger
If you're curious about what's new at Los Angeles International Airport , here's a chance to tour the renovated Tom Bradley International Terminal before it fully opens later this summer . The public is invited to LAX Appreciation Day between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. June 22 to see the terminal's 18 new gates, some designed to accommodate super jumbo jets such as the Airbus A-380 , new passenger boarding bridges and upscale...
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.
BUSINESS
September 16, 2011 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Pushy waiters and know-it-all sommeliers, step aside. Your days may be numbered. Tablet computers are starting to take over. In the last few months, restaurants scattered around the country have installed iPads and other technologies on which customers can place orders and perform additional tasks usually handled by staff. At Stacked in Torrance, which opened in May, iPads mounted on 60 tables enable patrons to flip through a touch screen to view pizza, burger and salad offerings.
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