| Mar 16, 2012
| 10:27 AM
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...
| Aug 12, 2011
| 4:56 PM
Attempts to change city rules for hookah lounges to operate legally in Glendale went up in smoke Tuesday night as the City Council decided to stick with the status quo.
That means businesses that sell hookah — currently there are two that city...
| Oct 30, 2011
Faced with a threatened crackdown on abuses, Burbank Realtors are policing themselves during a “probationary” period to preserve a city ordinance that allows them to put up as many as four 24-by-24 signs announcing a weekend “open house....
| Sep 2, 2011
| 5:28 PM
Goodbye, hot dogs. Hello, cheese plates and vino.
Big changes are ahead on the site where Papoo’s Hot Dog Show has operated in Burbank for 62 years.
Sal Calderone, a long-time chef who most recently worked for Urth Caffé, recently bought the...
| Sep 9, 2011
| 4:01 PM
A proposed Starbucks on Honolulu Avenue in the Montrose Shopping Park is getting mixed reviews from local business owners who say the corporate chain may not mesh with the independent image of the district.
Starbucks plans to open in the 1,840-square-...
| Nov 10, 2011
| 11:05 AM
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...
| Nov 13, 2011
The Great Recession officially ended in the summer of 2009. So diners have flocked back to restaurants, filling tables and tip pockets, right? It depends on who you ask.
Some restaurants have hung on to their low prices to try to keep customers coming...
| Nov 17, 2011
| 7:16 AM
In his first State of the City address, Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes on Wednesday gave an upbeat, optimistic assessment of the city’s economic standing, saying that the city has weathered the economic storm.
Speaking to large crowd at the Marriott...
| Nov 25, 2011
| 2:08 PM
Sometimes you run across a business in a location that makes you doubt the sanity of the person who established it. La Bamba doesn’t quite rise to that level — it’s not down an alley or in a basement — but it’s in an unlikely...
| Oct 9, 2011
Nearly 130 employees who work for a third-party food-services operation at Walt Disney Co. offices in Burbank and Glendale are slated to be laid off in early November, according to the California Employment Development Department.
The firm, Lifeworks...
| Jan 3, 2012
| 4:19 PM
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...
| Jun 17, 2011
| 6:21 PM
The Loguercio family has seen good times and bad from behind the 24-seat counter at Chili John’s in Burbank since 1990. They say they are better people for the experience, but with rising food costs and the loss of a patriarch, the family faces a...