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By Lisa Dupuy | May 8, 2011
It's official. The future has finally arrived. Just like in "The Jetsons" cartoon, you can now push buttons on a computer and the meal of your choice slides out on a tray. OK, maybe not immediately and certainly not for free, but at the new Specialty's Café and Bakery on Brand Boulevard in Glendale, that's pretty much how it works. Questionable spelling aside, Specialty's is totally plugged in to the modern, techno-friendly way of doing things. In the middle of the restaurant, there is a bank of iPads at which you place your order.
NEWS
October 19, 2013
Two commercial establishments in Glendale were broken into early Saturday morning with unknown amounts of cash stolen, a Glendale police officer said. A restaurant in the 1000 block of North Brand Boulevard and a store that sells water in the 500 block of Glenoaks Boulevard were burglarized at 4:30 a.m. and 4:50 a.m., respectively, said Sgt. Carlos Alpuerto. Police do not have information about suspects, and do not know how many individuals were involved, but Alpuerto said the two incidents may be linked because both storefronts had their front windows broken by a rock.
NEWS
January 22, 2013
I wish you would instruct your restaurant reviewers about the city of Glendale. It is neither a part of, nor a suburb of, the city of Pasadena. It seems like nine out of 10 reviews in the Glendale News-Press are in Pasadena. Glendale has some nice restaurants - and some funky, undiscovered ones that we will never hear about because our “local” newspaper prefers to focus on a nearby city instead of our own. I like to eat out, but would never drive to Pasadena for a hamburger. Please support our local restaurants!
NEWS
January 2, 2012
I was very disappointed in your wording for the headline of the new North Shore Burger. It read “North Shore comes up a bit flat.” As a small business owner for three generations, your headline was very detrimental to this new business. We want to encourage the entrepreneur. Most of my friends and family are always looking for a restaurant that is not a chain when dining, and here your headline was very unnecessary. I know you were trying to be cool and reference a surfing term, but in general it was not that cute.
NEWS
May 23, 2013
A burglar pried open a security door and stole an undisclosed amount of cash Wednesday from a Riverside Rancho neighborhood sushi restaurant, police said. The owner of Sushi Nishi-Ya arrived at his business in the 1700 block of Victory Boulevard at about 7:30 a.m. to discover that a rear metal door had been pried open and money from a cash register was missing, according to Glendale police. Police said the burglar was not seen and they were unable find additional evidence. -- Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com Follow on Google+ and on Twitter: @VeronicaRochaLA .
NEWS
September 6, 2010
Regarding the restaurant review by Lisa Dupuy on La Cita ("Dining Out: La Cita still good standby for 37 years," Aug. 21), it doesn't seem very professional to do a review on La Cita and end up praising La Cabanita. These are two different types of restaurants. La Cabanita serves Mexico City-type dishes and La Cita is more like home style cooking Mexican food. If she is going to review a restaurant, she should confine her comments to that particular restaurant. Just a thought.
NEWS
By Brian Crosby | March 27, 2013
Going out to eat is supposed to be one of life's pleasures. You don't have to cook or clean up afterwards. Plus, servers take your order and bring your food. For just a little bit of money you can feel a lot of specialness - even if it's only for an hour or two. Unfortunately, sometimes the experience is lacking. As a coffee drinker, I expect to receive refills once my cup is near empty. So it is especially frustrating when one dines out and has a server who doesn't do that. My wife and I often comment that the establishments which have good service, even coffee shops, have a dedicated worker who refills water and drink classes.
THE818NOW
July 4, 2012
The son of a 38-year-old man who was shot and killed at a Sherman Oaks restaurant said he "wants justice" in his father's death. Raul Lopez was killed about 11:10 p.m. on Friday just outside Hoagies & Wings, 14522 Ventura Blvd., Los Angeles police said. Lopez, who worked as a cook at the restaurant, had just escorted a group of men outside of the restaurant who had become angry while waiting for their food, police said. "At least one of the men in the group started to argue with restaurant staff.
BUSINESS
By Ryan Vaillancourt | January 16, 2008
ADAMS SQUARE — Weeks after it opened in Adams Square, De Revolution restaurant has fallen under the gaze of city officials who are now looking to revoke the eatery’s conditional-use permit for alcohol sales. In a letter sent to the restaurant and copied to the city attorney’s office Tuesday, Neighborhood Services officials notified the business owners that their zoning-use certificate and conditional-use permit for alcohol sales are invalid, Neighborhood Services Administrator Sam Engel said.
NEWS
By Jeremy Oberstein | September 26, 2008
GLENDALE — The city’s former planning director told a four-man, six-woman jury in Glendale Superior Court on Thursday that the owners of the Montrose Collection restaurant illegally expanded beyond existing regulations against banquet halls. The expansion came after verbal warnings from city officials that such growth defied the Glendale Municipal Code, said Elaine Wilkerson, who led the Glendale Planning Department for five years until her retirement in 2006. Wilkerson told the jury Thursday, the first day of the proceedings, that she and other city officials warned restaurant owner Arman Aivazian and his associate.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | April 8, 2014
Police will be serving up lunch to patrons who visit California Pizza Kitchen today in an effort to raise funds for a local Special Olympics chapter. Patrons who want to participate in the annual Tip-A-Cop fundraiser must present a flier between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the restaurant, 101 N. Brand Blvd. The restaurant will donate 20% of every order to the Special Olympics Tri-Valley region, which provides a year-round sports program - which includes basketball, aquatics and track and field - for athletes in Glendale, Burbank, Agoura, Calabasas and other communities.
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NEWS
By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | March 26, 2014
Three new eateries ranging from fancy to fast casual are arriving in the heart of downtown Glendale. On Wednesday, Bourbon Steak held a grand-opening ceremony at the Americana at Brand. The restaurant is run by celebrity Chef Michael Mina, who also operates two more Bourbon Steak locations. The American fare ranges from the signature 18-ounce dry rib-eye steak to a classic bacon cheeseburger with no shortage of duck-fat fries. Truffle doughnuts are just one of the dessert items on the menu to cap off dinner.
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By Sal Polcino and Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | February 12, 2014
In the last few months, Montrose saw two longtime eateries, a cafe and a cupcake maker close their doors. But nearly immediately, all four spaces were filled. At the corner of Honolulu Avenue and Verdugo Road, Blue Jeans and Benitoite, are nearing their grand openings across the street from one another, replacing Rocky Cola Cafe and Polkatots, respectively. Seasoning Alley - a Mediterranean-themed restaurant - will open in the space formerly inhabited by Al's Italian American Deli while Thee Elbow Room recently opened in the spot where Java Brew used to be. Armen Rostomian, who will be opening Benitoite in the next few months, said the number of eateries in the area does not bother him. “New restaurants open in highly saturated areas all the time,” said Rostomian.
NEWS
By Lisa Dupuy | February 10, 2014
When I was a little kid, my father was an executive with Pan American Airways. I would sometimes get to tag along on his business lunches in Manhattan. I remember linen tablecloths, waiters in neat clothes and a table full of men's hands holding amber-colored liquid in short glasses. I knew it was elegant and special and important that I behave. There is something of that feeling at Glendale's venerable Far Niente. These days, it's easy to get caught up in the latest food trend. Places like Far Niente with their old-school service and time-tested menu items might get forgotten by the cognoscenti.
NEWS
By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | February 1, 2014
Two long-vacant restaurant spaces in the Exchange in downtown Glendale are set to have new tenants this year, including one long-standing Brand Boulevard restaurant that's moving to a new home, while a third is making a go in a space that has seen multiple eateries close in recent years. Goucho Village, which has been on Brand for 14 years, is slated to move into the former La Cubana restaurant at 135 N. Maryland Avenue, according to owner Kevin Aksacki. Across the street, Five Star Cinema has leased the former Tony Roma's space to add a second restaurant to its complex, which includes the former Mann 10 Theatre multiplex, said Armen Mkrtchian, chief executive of Five Star.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | January 14, 2014
Glendale detectives are asking for the public's help with details about a robbery on Friday at a Subway restaurant, which was held up at gunpoint. Four employees were inside the restaurant at 4:09 p.m. in the 1600 block of West Glenoaks Boulevard, when the gunman suddenly appeared and was carrying a black bag, according to Glendale Police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot. The man, whose face was covered, pointed a weapon at an 18-year-old employee, who was seated at a table in front of a computer.
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By Tim Traeger, tim.traeger@latimes.com | January 14, 2014
Customers wanting an infamous Super Combo #1 at Al's Italian American Delicatessen found last week that the restaurant's door was locked and brown paper covered its windows. Although the deli has been run by Greg and Rosa Tomassian for more than 20 years, Al's had been in Montrose for six decades. That's a lot of salami, capocollo, mortadella, pepperoni and provolone. Workers on Friday were removing a refrigerator and renovating the inside of the iconic deli at 2332 Honolulu Ave. in Montrose to make way for a new business, though no details were immediately available.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Lisa Dupuy | November 18, 2013
There are as many ways to do Thanksgiving dinner as there are things to be thankful for. Some like home-cooked dishes handed down through the generations. Others attempt the latest foodie trend (is that turkey deep fryer gathering dust?). Some order in from the new place around the corner. Others go out to a classic restaurant. Here's a rundown of local purveyors of Thanksgiving foods so you can do it your way. Appetizers Anthony's Fine Food & Wine in La Cañada will design a custom-made cheese and meat board based on clients' preferences.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Lisa Dupuy | November 5, 2013
Everyone has their favorite Thai takeout place. Where I live, I typically do Min's Kitchen or Woodlands Cafe. But if I lived near Kozy Korner, I'd be going there regularly. It's for people who, like me, enjoy strong Thai flavors - lemon grass, lime, chili peppers, basil, galanga, fish sauce. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it. Kozy Korner is as tiny as it sounds. However, once you're seated at one of the 10 or so tables it's not an issue. A group of Thai women keep the restaurant humming, boxing up to-go orders, delivering steaming plates with lightning speed and all while avoiding collisions with an impressive sixth sense.
NEWS
October 19, 2013
Two commercial establishments in Glendale were broken into early Saturday morning with unknown amounts of cash stolen, a Glendale police officer said. A restaurant in the 1000 block of North Brand Boulevard and a store that sells water in the 500 block of Glenoaks Boulevard were burglarized at 4:30 a.m. and 4:50 a.m., respectively, said Sgt. Carlos Alpuerto. Police do not have information about suspects, and do not know how many individuals were involved, but Alpuerto said the two incidents may be linked because both storefronts had their front windows broken by a rock.
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