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April 11, 2012
Dominick's Italian Restaurant, a community staple in the Crescenta Valley for more than 40 years, has closed and everything - right down to the light fixtures - has been removed. There is no sign on the door announcing the closure, but a large tear in the awning over the front door is a tell-tale signal to passersby that the restaurant, known for it pizzas, pasta and beer, is no longer in operation. The restaurant at 2948 Foothill Blvd. was opened by Frank and Carmela Russo in 1970.
March 16, 2012
After recoiling from an unpopular spike in the cost of outdoor dining fees to $650 last year, the city is returning to the table with four options to soften the increase, but with more input from restaurant owners. Only seven restaurant owners showed up at a community meeting Wednesday evening to hear about the options, which include one that has a flat rate and others that have add-ons based on the number of tables, number of chairs or square footage. With the flat-rate option, restaurateurs would pay $450 initially to provide seating on the sidewalk outside their establishment with an annual renewal fee of $250.
By Veronica Rocha, | February 23, 2012
Police are investigating a string of burglaries that occurred this week at restaurants inside the Glendale Galleria. Thieves broke into three restaurants sometime early Tuesday and stole cash and equipment before fleeing the mall on the 100 block of West Broadway unnoticed, according to Glendale police. “There is a strong likelihood it's that same suspect or suspects,” Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. Employees at Stone Oven Grill, La Salsa and the Great Khan discovered the burglaries when they arrived at work that morning.
January 24, 2012
Three local establishments recently received “Four Diamond” awards from the American Automobile Assn. Hotel Amarano in Burbank and the Hilton Glendale, as well as Gennaro's Ristorante in Glendale made the list for 2012. This year, 1,491 lodgings and 754 restaurants throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean received the “Four Diamond” rating. -- Mark Kellam , Times Community News Twitter: @LAmarkkellam
January 6, 2012
In her criticism of your headline for the review of the North Shore Burger restaurant, reader Marla Fogg seems to have missed a few points (“ Restaurant headline doesn't sit well ,” Jan. 2). She thinks that your use of the term “flat” was primarily trying to reference a surfing term when it merely reflected the reviewer's opinion that the restaurant was not exceptional. Lisa Dupuy wrote that the food was good, but far from great - her sandwich was overcooked and gave her heartburn, and the size of the bun didn't proportionally match the meat of the burger.
January 3, 2012
As culinary enthusiasts stir up their dining plans for 2012, they'll find three new restaurants and a soda shop in downtown Glendale striving to satisfy their appetites. But even with the new businesses, there is still plenty of vacant restaurant space in the downtown area, including the former Don Cuco, Salo-Salo Grill and La Cubana. Pierre Garden restaurant opened in August on the corner of Wilson and Maryland avenues, the site of the former Chuy's Mexican restaurant, which had been closed for about two years.
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.
By Lisa Dupuy | December 3, 2011
The only thing better than slow-cooked spare ribs slathered in BBQ sauce are spare ribs slathered in sauce with a side of rhythm and blues. That's just what you get at Big Mama's Rib Shack in Pasadena twice a week. From 6:30-8:30 on Tuesday nights and 6:30-9 on Saturdays, local musicians set up their gear in the middle of the restaurant and serve up some saucy jazz, blues, rock and soul to go along with Big Mama's Cajun and Creole fixin's. It's a Mardi Gras atmosphere as diners laugh out loud and lick their fingers clean before applauding.
November 10, 2011
After months of hostile volleys, McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants has succumbed to a takeover bid from Landry's Restaurants Inc., which owns the Rainforest Cafe and other chains. In a deal valued at $131.6 million, Houston-based Landry's will buy McCormick & Schmick's for $8.75 a share - a 29% premium above McCormick's closing price Monday. The deal is expected to close next month or early next year, Landry's said. Landry's will take on the more than 80 restaurants operated by the Portland, Ore., seafood chain, including McCormick & Schmick's locations in downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena and Beverly Hills, and also McCormick & Kuleto's in San Francisco and Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto in Berkeley.
October 13, 2011
The Smokehouse Restaurant in Burbank was abuzz last night when celebrities and local politicians stopped by celebrate the restaurant's 65th anniversary. Burbank Councilmen Dave Golonski and Emily Gabel Luddy were present along with State Assemblyman Mike Gatto and Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge. Guests were treated to champagne and special prices. Celebrities from Cary Grant, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, George Clooney, and a slew of others have been seen at the Smokehouse Restaurant -- By Ross A. Benson, for Times Community News Photo: Wwner Lee Spencer and his wife Marti along with Manager Israel Aviles.
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