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April 4, 2010 | By Steve Harvey
A restaurant with a past? A historic marker on Figueroa Street mentions a rumor about the 86-year-old Original Pantry Cafe "that has refused to die." The story has it that in the 1950s, a Midwestern reporter covering the Rose Bowl dropped in to eat and "a couple of waiters had some fun with the out-of-towner, telling him that all the employees were ex-convicts," the marker says. "He duly wrote it up, and the legend, for that's all there is to it, circulates to this day." Who knows why the tale caught on?
March 1, 2010 | Lony Castro, Special to the Los Angeles Times
I never actually intended to harm anyone. Honestly. In fact, I think the waiter is to blame. I was dining at a restaurant with my sister when the waiter casually asked if I was enjoying the evening with my daughter . I tried to shrug off the comment off but couldn't. I decided to get a second opinion and soon found myself walking into the office of a plastic surgeon. I entered through a marbled anteroom centered with a pedestal table and a stunning, if stiff, floral arrangement.
February 22, 2010 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
They come every day, the dead. Some die in accidents, others from natural causes, but the body washer knew something scary had happened when the sheet was lifted off Farouk Sayed. "I realized he was beaten to death once I saw him. I could see the marks on his wrists, chest and back," said Moetaz Abdel Aziz, who bathes and purifies the dead at a Cairo morgue as part of the Muslim burial rite. "While I was washing him, I kept saying, 'I protest to God, who is my best resort, against whoever did this to him.' " Sayed's wife, Takwa, thought her husband seemed so small in death, shrunken almost.
January 13, 2010 | By Robert Faturechi
Salvador Lopez, a waiter at Langer's, has the routine down pat. After a hectic lunch shift serving sandwiches on rye at the pastrami mecca next to MacArthur Park, he negotiates a series of surface streets -- up Normandie, across Beverly -- to make his way into the Fairfax district. He beelines into the locker room of another renowned Jewish deli, shedding the signature Langer's bow tie for a tight-fitting black T-shirt that reads: I ♥ Canter's. Lopez is not a delicatessen double agent, funneling trade secrets on Russian dressing and blintzes.
November 8, 2009
Regarding Susan Spano's "In a Martini Mood," [Nov. 1]. Many years ago I stayed, with friends, at the Chateau de Marcay in Chinon in France's Loire Valley. I asked the young bartender for a martini, and he indicated he didn't know how. His broken English was better than my broken French, so, using broken English and hand signs, we created an excellent, very dry martini. Almost immediately, a waiter came up to the service bar and said, in French, that an American wanted a martini.
November 3, 2009 | Jerry Hirsch
The Lawry's chain of high-end steakhouses will pay more than $1 million to settle a federal discrimination lawsuit contending that for decades it hired only women as servers, the government said Monday. The lawsuit, filed in 2006 by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, said that a company as large as Pasadena-based Lawry's Restaurants Inc. should have known that the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibited such a policy. The case was based on a 2003 complaint by a busboy who said he was denied a higher-paid position as a waiter because of his gender.
July 26, 2009 | Sam Dolnick, Dolnick writes for the Associated Press.
As the grill man stirred the glowing coals and the bread man rolled balls of dough, Akram Khan, the waiter, watched the traffic rumble down the pocked road. Soon, crowds would start arriving at this sidewalk kebab stand, families in expensive cars and partygoers fizzy with drink. Most wolf down their food, sweating over the spicy chutney as they gossip about politics, cricket, and the missing monsoon. But linger on this cracked slab of pavement and you'll witness the frustrations, hopes, contradictions and pleasures of life in modern India writ small.
October 18, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A decorated former member of a renowned British army unit was sentenced to serve at least 25 years in prison for a racially motivated murder he committed as a teenager. Michael Ross, 30, was convicted in June of walking into the Mumutaz Indian restaurant in 1994 wearing a ski mask and shooting waiter Shamsuddin Mahmood, a Bangladeshi immigrant, as he took a customer's order. Prosecutors said the motive was racism. Ross joined Scotland's famous Black Watch regiment and was decorated for bravery in Iraq in 2005.
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