| Jan 31, 2012
| 4:12 PM
They came from all over the West Coast, six challengers armed to the teeth with knives and steel wills. They would need both to come out on top.
They are the most prestigious culinary students from some of the country’s most prestigious schools,...
| Jun 14, 2011
| 4:25 PM
The Granada restaurant, a Victory Boulevard landmark for nearly 40 years, re-emerged from an eight-month closure Monday with sizzling fajitas, cold margaritas and new owners who will probably look familiar to longtime patrons.
A group of employees bought...
| Jun 17, 2011
| 5:15 PM
There’s been too many stories in recent years of businesses folding, of employees left to scramble for another career while standing in the unemployment line.
It could have been the case again when Alfredo’s Granada restaurant on Victory...
| Dec 16, 2011
| 9:53 AM
Local unemployment figures edged down in November across the tri-city region, fueled by increases in industries such as retail, healthcare and hospitality.
The unemployment rates in Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena all dipped by 0.3%, according to data...
| Dec 23, 2011
| 4:08 PM
If you ask someone whether they like fast service at restaurants, they will almost certainly answer yes. It’s worth thinking about, because some things really can’t be rushed.
These thoughts came to mind after dinner at Michael’s Bar...
| 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...
| Aug 24, 2012
| 12:13 PM
After almost 20 years in Burbank, the Riverside Café will serve its final meal on Sunday as it closes because of a dwindling number of customers, and because the owner says he can no longer afford to invest in the failing business.
Matt Peek took over...
| Aug 26, 2012
| 7:00 AM
To the casual observer, Burbank may not look like a hotbed of salsa and swing dancing. But anyone looking a little more closely this summer would have discovered crowds filling the sidewalks of downtown Burbank every Thursday night, stepping out to the...
| 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...
| 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...
| May 19, 2010
CITY HALL — Life in downtown Burbank is about to get a whole lot funnier.
The City Council has approved a business-assistance loan for Flappers Comedy Club to take over a vacant restaurant at Magnolia Boulevard and First Street. Councilman David...
| Jul 28, 2010
Tallyrand Restaurant has a new fan in Huell Howser.
The TV icon who tours the state looking for interesting stories is spreading the word about the restaurant's hometown feel and hot turkey sandwiches on his show "California's Gold," which airs on...