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February 18, 1997 | GREG JOHNSON
Wolfgang Puck, whose Santa Monica-based food company has opened locations at South Coast Plaza, the Irvine Entertainment Center and Fashion Island in Newport Beach, is now pushing harder to gain market share in the packaged goods side of the business. Wolfgang Puck Food Co. hired Tom Warner as general manager of its Packaged Foods Division. Warner, who previously was with American Seafoods Co. in Seattle, is charged with turning the packaged line "into a major brand," Warner said.
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May 25, 1999 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, E. Scott Reckard covers tourism for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-7407 and at scott.reckard@latimes.com
Wolfgang Puck Food Co., which serves up fast food, cafe fare, sushi and fine dining at the Downtown Disney shopping and entertainment center in Florida, expects to be part of the $1.4-billion Disneyland expansion in Anaheim as well. But the way discussions with Walt Disney Co. are developing, Puck is more likely to wind up in the new California Adventure theme park than outside in the Anaheim version of Downtown Disney.
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May 25, 1999 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, E. Scott Reckard covers tourism for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-7407 and at scott.reckard@latimes.com
Wolfgang Puck Food Co., which serves up fast food, cafe fare, sushi and fine dining at the Downtown Disney shopping and entertainment center in Florida, expects to be part of the $1.4-billion Disneyland expansion in Anaheim as well. But the way discussions with Walt Disney Co. are developing, Puck is more likely to wind up in the new California Adventure theme park than outside in the Anaheim version of Downtown Disney.
BUSINESS
February 18, 1997 | GREG JOHNSON
Wolfgang Puck, whose Santa Monica-based food company has opened locations at South Coast Plaza, the Irvine Entertainment Center and Fashion Island in Newport Beach, is now pushing harder to gain market share in the packaged goods side of the business. Wolfgang Puck Food Co. hired Tom Warner as general manager of its Packaged Foods Division. Warner, who previously was with American Seafoods Co. in Seattle, is charged with turning the packaged line "into a major brand," Warner said.
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June 12, 1988 | RUTH REICHL, Ruth Reichl is The Times' restaurant editor.
HE WENT TO work at age 13, in a restaurant 50 miles from his home in southern Austria. As his father waved goodby at the railroad station, he said, "You're good for nothing, and you'll never amount to any thing." Two weeks later the young man made a mistake in the kitchen--he doesn't recall what--and the chef told him to go back home. "I went down to the basement and peeled potatoes for two weeks, hoping that nobody would notice that I was still there. And I thought, my father was right."
BUSINESS
October 11, 2000
Selwyn H. Joffe, a top executive at such ventures as Wolfgang Puck Food Co. and amusement park operator Palace Entertainment Co., has been appointed president and chief executive of Netlock Technologies Inc., a year-old network security software company with about three dozen employees in Brea. Joffe was chief executive of Wolfgang Puck Food and founder, president and director of Palace Entertainment, with 18 parks and more than 2,500 employees.
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August 6, 1998 | Greg Johnson
California Pizza Kitchen is joining the parade of restaurants selling its fare through grocery stores. The Los Angeles-based chain with 80 restaurants in 22 states has signed a licensing agreement with Kraft Foods Inc., which will produce frozen pizzas for sale in supermarkets. The premium pizza line, including the restaurant's signature BBQ Chicken and Thai Chicken dishes, will make its debut during the fourth quarter, according to Kraft.
BUSINESS
May 17, 2000 | E. Scott Reckard
Wolfgang Puck Food Co. will operate a 250-seat seafood restaurant with a 100-seat cocktail lounge inside California Adventure, the Walt Disney Co. amusement park that opens next year in Anaheim. Disney said Tuesday that the restaurant, Avalon Cove, will resemble a sand castle from the outside and will have an undersea motif inside. Puck Food's president, Frank Guidara, told The Times a year ago that Puck would run a restaurant inside the park, but no details were disclosed at that time.
BUSINESS
August 2, 1996 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Taco Bell Corp. said Thursday that it has agreed to sell its growing line of grocery products--including dinner entrees, sauces and dips--to Kraft Foods Inc., the nation's largest packaged foods company. Neither Taco Bell nor Kraft, based in Northfield, Ill., would release a sales price. The Irvine operator of Mexican-style fast-food restaurants said that the grocery line it started three years ago generates $50 million in annual sales.
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April 3, 1999 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Claim Jumper, the Irvine restaurant chain known for serving huge portions to diners, is negotiating to sell its frozen food unit, which provides items under the Claim Jumper label to supermarkets, restaurant officials said Friday. The deal, which is close to being completed, would turn over the unit to American Pie Inc., which sells Marie Callender pies and pie crusts in supermarkets.
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June 12, 1988 | RUTH REICHL, Ruth Reichl is The Times' restaurant editor.
HE WENT TO work at age 13, in a restaurant 50 miles from his home in southern Austria. As his father waved goodby at the railroad station, he said, "You're good for nothing, and you'll never amount to any thing." Two weeks later the young man made a mistake in the kitchen--he doesn't recall what--and the chef told him to go back home. "I went down to the basement and peeled potatoes for two weeks, hoping that nobody would notice that I was still there. And I thought, my father was right."
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 1999 | ANGELA PETTERA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Puck, ObaChine Splitsville: Wolfgang Puck has divested himself (and his Wolfgang Puck Food Co.) of the ObaChine restaurants. At one time he'd had three: in Seattle, Phoenix and Beverly Hills. The ObaChines in Seattle and Phoenix were sold a few months ago. We asked Frank Guidara, president and chief executive of the Wolfgang Puck Food Co., about the decision to let the restaurants go. It was a matter of strategy, he said.
BUSINESS
February 22, 1996 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Investors, loaded with cash and spurred by an active market for public offerings, risked $123 million on young, promising Southland companies during last year's final quarter, more money than they have invested in recent periods. The amount invested is nearly twice the $62.2 million put into Southland companies in the last quarter of 1994, according to a quarterly survey by accounting firm Price Waterhouse.
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