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By Derek L. Tabone | May 7, 2008
Having read several articles in the Glendale News-Press regarding my client, the Montrose Collection, and its principals, I do not believe that your readers have a complete explanation of the basis of the dispute. There has been a restaurant in continuous operation in the same location since 1966. The facility was granted a conditional-use permit to serve alcohol in 1983. Over the years, there have been various owners operating different types of restaurants. In February 2002, the city issued a zoning-use certificate for the property, confirming its authorized use as a restaurant/banquet hall/bar.
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By KATHERINE YAMADA | May 29, 2009
One hundred years ago, Casa Verdugo restaurant was the place to go. ?It was the hottest ticket in town,? said food historian Charles Perry, who, along with the Glendale Historical Society, is preparing a one-night-only re-creation of the dining experience at the old Casa Verdugo on Louise Street. ?It was the first restaurant in Los Angeles and perhaps in California to serve Spanish food in an upscale setting, with a celebrity female chef,? Perry told the Culinary Historians of Southern California last month.
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By Charles Cooper | September 14, 2007
The bizarre saga of the Montrose Collection restaurant and banquet hall continued on Tuesday night as three Glendale City Council members backed away from hearing an appeal of a parking revocation by the city. The decision by a majority of the council to remove themselves from hearing the appeal had the effect of sustaining the decision by the Board of Zoning Appeals to remove the business?s parking exemption. The dominoes began to fall when Councilman Bob Yousefian said he would step down from the dais because the appellant?
NEWS
By Charles Cooper | July 6, 2007
The future of the Montrose Collection as a combined banquet hall and restaurant will be argued before the Glendale City Council, where doubters have already been heard. The whole issue of the banquet halls, more than 30 of which exist in the city, has occupied city attention for years, but there have been few direct showdowns in council. The appeal was filed against a Board of Zoning Appeals decision upholding the removal of a parking exemption granted the restaurant on the understanding it continue to operate as a place open to drop-in food service.
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By Ryan Vaillancourt | July 20, 2007
CITY HALL — The Glendale Design Review Board shot down a developer's design proposal Thursday for a new restaurant on Foothill Boulevard, echoing protests from residents who said the project is better suited for the Las Vegas strip. The owner of 3463 Foothill Blvd., the former site of Shakey's Pizza, wants to remodel the building's façade and insert Urartu, an "old-world, Mediterranean-themed restaurant," said Janelle Williams, a land-use consultant representing the proposed project.
BUSINESS
By Chris Wiebe | March 5, 2008
GLENDALE — Owners of the property that the Montrose Collection sits on have filed a legal document asking to be removed from a criminal complaint against the restaurant — which has been embroiled in a dispute over whether the it violated zoning laws — since they are not involved in the business’ operation. An arraignment Tuesday for all five defendants named in the lawsuit — Arman and Takui Aivazian, owners of the Montrose Collection; Alfred and Ramona Teichert, who own the property on the 2800 block of Honolulu; and ATNA Enterprises, a corporation that is part owner of the Montrose Collection — was postponed, giving the Glendale City Attorney’s Office a chance to respond to the demurrer filed on behalf of the Teicherts.
BUSINESS
By Michael J. Arvizu | November 30, 2009
When Oganes Menedjyan immigrated to the United States from Armenia in 1987, accompanied by 12 of his family members and two dogs, the man did not know a word of English. Today, along with his family, Menedjyan owns Moonlight restaurant, which opened Nov. 21 in Adams Square at 1022 E. Chevy Chase Drive in Glendale. The event was held to give the public a taste of Moonlight’s international cuisine. But it could have easily been a family gathering as evidenced by the number of family and friends that streamed in as the festivities started, hugging and congratulating each other as they looked around the new establishment.
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By Ryan Vaillancourt | January 10, 2008
ADAMS SQUARE — Prompted by a resident’s complaint, city officials have their eyes trained on another new Glendale restaurant suspected of being an illegal banquet hall, but the business owners laughed off the allegation on Wednesday and chalked it up to free advertising. The owners of De Revolution, a recently opened 56-seat restaurant and bar in Adams Square, say their phones rang off the hook Wednesday after City Hall activist and Adams Hills resident Margaret Hammond tagged the business as a banquet hall at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.
BUSINESS
By Ryan Vaillancourt | March 26, 2007
Cuban-Americans Felix Lopez and Luis Rodriquez, friends for 35 years, know a thing or two about Cuban cuisine. But their new restaurant, Sabor, is a taste of the world. Though the official concept for Sabor, which opened at 933 N. Brand Blvd. last month, is "Latin Fusion Cuisine," the menu has traces of just about every continent. There are a lot of excellentethnic restaurants in Glendale, but there is a surprising void of fusion cuisine, Lopez said. By combining a variety of ethnic culinary traditions, the partners believe they can appeal to the diverse population of Glendale at once.
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