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October 25, 1996 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
United Restaurants, the Westwood-based owner of the Love's chain of barbecue eateries, has decided that where there's smoke, there's profit. But United Restaurants is betting its corporate dollars on another kind of smoke--not produced by hickory wood but by cigars, preferably expensive ones. United Restaurants is expanding into New York and Washington, D.C., with its 18-month-old Beverly Hills experiment in the recently trendy world of cigar smoking, the Grand Havana Room.
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BUSINESS
August 30, 1994 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Harry Shuster doesn't know a thing about spicing up a red sauce, basting a side of ribs or spinning a head of foam on a cup of cappuccino. And, though he runs a chain of restaurants, he couldn't care less. Shuster, chairman and president of United Restaurants Inc. in Costa Mesa, is a deal maker, and he has plenty on his plate these days.
BUSINESS
August 30, 1994 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Harry Shuster doesn't know a thing about spicing up a red sauce, basting a side of ribs or spinning a head of foam on a cup of cappuccino. And, though he runs a chain of restaurants, he couldn't care less. Shuster, chairman and president of United Restaurants Inc. in Costa Mesa, is a deal maker, and he has plenty on his plate these days.
BUSINESS
October 25, 1996 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
United Restaurants, the Westwood-based owner of the Love's chain of barbecue eateries, has decided that where there's smoke, there's profit. But United Restaurants is betting its corporate dollars on another kind of smoke--not produced by hickory wood but by cigars, preferably expensive ones. United Restaurants is expanding into New York and Washington, D.C., with its 18-month-old Beverly Hills experiment in the recently trendy world of cigar smoking, the Grand Havana Room.
BUSINESS
May 22, 1999 | JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Harry Shuster, the flamboyant Beverly Hills entrepreneur who cast his fortunes with passing fads from animal parks to cigar clubs, has been indicted over an alleged multimillion-dollar scheme to profit from fraudulent offshore stock transactions, federal prosecutors said Friday. An indictment handed down by a federal grand jury in New York charges Shuster, 64, with four counts of securities fraud and conspiracy to launder money.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 1995 | KATHIE JENKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joseph Suceveanu, the Romania-born restaurateur who founded Il Forno in Santa Monica, is opening a much larger version of the Italian trattoria in Beverly Hills. There's just one problem: It will have Il Forno food and Il Forno prices, but it won't be called Il Forno. "It's too confusing because Il Fornaio is a block away," says Suceveanu, who has taken over the former Bice space. "We are calling it On Canon Caffe & Trattoria. It sounds very American. 'Where are you eating tonight?' 'On Canon.'
BUSINESS
December 22, 1996 | MARLA DICKERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It has been described as one of Orange County's longest and most contentious marriages. Small wonder that a wrecking ball may figure in the breakup. For the better part of three decades, Harry Shuster, the South African-reared businessman and founder of the defunct Lion Country Safari animal park, has feuded with his landlord, the Irvine Co., over Shuster's attempts to turn a profit on 300 acres of prime land near the intersection of the Santa Ana and San Diego freeways. To hear Shuster tell it, he's a scrappy David who has dared to go toe-to-toe with Orange County's development leviathan, which has used its considerable muscle to frustrate him at every turn.
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