| Jan 12, 2011
Mark Kulkis went undercover for a little industrial espionage before launching his gleaming new specialty salad bar, the Chop Stop, on San Fernando Road in Burbank last week.
Kulkis was hired on at an entry-level job at a nearby chain restaurant that he...
| Aug 30, 2011
| 4:10 PM
Papoo’s Hot Dog Show in Burbank closed its doors Sunday after 62 years of serving countless hot dogs, hamburgers and mugs of cold beer. Its most recent owner, Leona Gardner, said she’ll remember fondly the staff and customers who made the...
| Jan 15, 2011
The Chop Stop, Burbank's newest "fast-food" restaurant, advertises a salad "loaded with fresh, wholesome foods that are nutritious, delicious and fast."
From my experience eating lunch at the Chop Stop with my wife on the day of its grand-opening...
| Jul 29, 2011
| 7:51 PM
East meets West meets Continental at Wrap Express, the latest addition to the cluster of quick eateries across from Glendale City College. The name implies fast food, but the culinary output is actually more sophisticated. The prices, while not rock...
| Sep 6, 2011
| 3:51 PM
On a beautiful late summer day in Washington, families from all 50 states gathered on the steps of the nation’s capitol. They were recognized in a nationwide event honoring American families with children adopted from other countries.
| Sep 13, 2011
| 1:55 PM
Our family was saddened to hear of the passing of Betsy Lueke, one of our city's all-time great employees of the parks and recreation department.
Startingin 1956, Betsy was a fixture at many of our city's parks through the years. Many of us know her...
| Aug 1, 2011
| 5:10 PM
An armed man attempted to rob the El Torito restaurant on Olive Avenue Monday morning, prompting the manager to call police while locked inside a back office.
At about 1 a.m. Monday, police say a Latino man confronted the manager and demanded money....
| Aug 19, 2011
| 4:03 PM
Plans to open a 24-hour Taco Bell restaurant at one of the most dangerous intersections on Buena Vista Street have nearby residents fuming.
Taco Bell plans to demolish a building that once housed Conroy’s Flowers at the intersection of Buena Vista...
| Feb 18, 2011
| 2:48 PM
Our Foothill Civitan friends have been keeping busy with different causes. After initiating three new members — Ann Marie Coppen, Muguet Fonteboa and Judy Torres — during their Awards and Installation in September, they have hit the floor...
| Jul 21, 2012
| 4:20 PM
Hollywood has Musso & Frank Grill, and West Hollywood has that lovable old hussy, the Formosa Cafe. For a squinting glimpse of old Hollywood glamour, Burbank turns to the SmokeHouse.
It's a joint that's been serving up prime rib and iceberg wedges...
| Mar 13, 2012
| 3:27 PM
On San Fernando near the border of Glendale and Burbank, it looks as if someone flew in a sausage haus from Bavaria and dropped it smack between a bank and a blank beige wall.
It wasn’t moved there, though walking into the Continental Gourmet...
| Jul 28, 2012
| 3:58 PM
There should be a course at cooking schools called the Psychology of Restaurants. What makes us go into one restaurant and avoid another?
For instance, my personal biases make me resist places that look corporate and slickly merchandised. So I was a...