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By: Daniel Beighley | October 14, 2005
Despite a barrage of complaints from neighbors, operators of newly opened Mozambique restaurant are hoping to add seating and extend the restaurant's hours of operation. Mozambique will bring its case to the planning commission on Oct. 26. The African-themed establishment, which opened in July, has been accused by some neighbors of being a nightclub with a rowdy and disruptive crowd. "Granted it's an upscale crowd, [but] they're loud and obnoxious," said John Ferrante of the Woods Cove Neighborhood Assn.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mona Shadia | November 2, 2011
Jesse Baker, founder of Ecofficiency, a nonprofit that encourages responsible lifestyle, consumption and choices, says running a restaurant with the environment and community in mind shouldn't be costly or difficult. But the movement toward a green lifestyle has taken on a life of its own, with organizations that charge thousands of dollars to certify restaurants, buildings or companies, and sometimes their standards aren't flexible enough to fit each business. To simplify, Baker developed the Positive Plate, a comprehensive, local sustainable restaurant certification program that goes beyond just where the food is coming from.
NEWS
March 15, 2001
Tariq Malik HUNTINGTON BEACH - A restaurant recently under fire by its neighbors passed an annual review by the Planning Commission Tuesday. After a month of delay, the commission gave a unanimous stamp of approval on the Tsunami restaurant, located in the Huntington Harbor Shopping Center at 17236 Pacific Coast Highway. "This is a very successful business," said Commissioner Fred Speaker, lauding the restaurant's effort to address the complaints of residents and fellow center businesses and appease them.
BUSINESS
October 27, 2008
Michelle Steel, Orange County’s elected taxpayer advocate, invites restaurant owners, managers and new small business owners to a free Orange County Tax Seminar for Restaurants from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Huntington Beach Public Library, 7111 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach. Representatives from the Board of Equalization, Franchise Tax Board, Internal Revenue Service, Employment Development Department, and other local, state, and federal agencies will be available to help restaurant owners with their tax and business questions.
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By: Darleene Barrientos | August 27, 2005
Residents opposed to a California Chicken Cafe moving into their neighborhood have filed an appeal protesting the Burbank Planning Board's unanimous approval of parking exceptions and allowing the restaurant's patrons to bring their own alcohol. Neighbors of the proposed restaurant, planned for 2921 W. Magnolia Blvd., will meet Monday to discuss the restaurant's impending arrival. "Since the city Planning [department] staff had recommended not approving the application, we felt we should pursue this further, just to make sure," said Penny Church, who lives along Niagara Street, which intersects Magnolia.
NEWS
By Purnima Mudnal | October 11, 2006
Huntington Beach Beer Co. owner Cesar Pena's plans to open a steak restaurant in downtown Huntington Beach appear to be stuck for now after the City Council appealed the steakhouse's permit. Ponderosa Steakhouse was set to open in the Pierside Pavilion, on the south side of Walnut Avenue between Main and Third streets. The planning commission had earlier approved the restaurant, with planning commissioners Flossie Horgan and Elizabeth Burnett voting against the project. Residents of Pier Colony condominiums have been worried about noise, among other issues, if the restaurant were built.
BUSINESS
By Michael Alexander | October 22, 2008
Cinnamon-roll fans have reason to celebrate, after the City Council gave the Central Park fixture Alice’s Breakfast in the Park a new lease on life. The Huntington Beach City Council voted unanimously to give the restaurant a short-term lease till September 2010, when owner Alice Gustafson, 77, plans to retire. Gustafson said she was gratified by the decision. “I think it’s just wonderful,” Gustafson said. The proposal, brought forth by Councilman Keith Bohr, would continue to look for a replacement restaurant in the meantime, starting by asking the few vendors who have already applied to consider waiting around till 2010.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | January 8, 2014
While Huntington Beach restaurant Slapfish has endured the typical trials and tribulations of a new business, its owners are now reeling in success and ready to cast a wide net into the Middle East. On a recent afternoon, founders Andrew Gruel and Jethro Naude reminisced about the days when all they had was enough money for a few food trucks and the ambition to establish a profitable and environmentally sustainable food franchise. The co-owners recalled the time in 2011 when a food truck broke down on the 405 Freeway during gridlock traffic and the day their cooks had to make sandwiches in the vehicle as they were driving to an event.
NEWS
By: | September 16, 2005
Man suspected of arson at mall restaurant An employee at a now-closed restaurant in South Coast Plaza was arrested on suspicion of arson, after he allegedly set a fire in the restaurant's dining room Sept. 5, police said. Costa Mesa Police arrested Duy Quoc Nguyen, 20, at his Santa Ana home Wednesday. Nguyen worked as a busboy at Yujean Kang's restaurant in the 3300 block of Bristol Street. Nguyen was described as a disgruntled employee, said Sgt. Bob Ciszek.
NEWS
March 7, 2012
Claes Ovation restaurant: The March 7 column "The Gossiping Gourmet: An off night at Claes Ovation" incorrectly reported that Paul Bauer was still the chef in charge at the newly renamed establishment. Bauer left the restaurant in November. He now works at Red, a restaurant at the Pacific Palms Resort in the City of Industry.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Terry Markowitz | April 8, 2014
Bella Terra in Huntington Beach seems to be opening new restaurants right and left, much to my delight. The latest addition is called Eureka! and it specializes in burgers, although there is a lot more from which to choose. The restaurant décor is following what has become a big trend lately, the industrial look. It consists of open ductwork, lots of repurposed wood and steel beams, along with brown cement floors and interesting, contemporary hanging light fixtures, many like chandeliers with open bulbs.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | January 8, 2014
While Huntington Beach restaurant Slapfish has endured the typical trials and tribulations of a new business, its owners are now reeling in success and ready to cast a wide net into the Middle East. On a recent afternoon, founders Andrew Gruel and Jethro Naude reminisced about the days when all they had was enough money for a few food trucks and the ambition to establish a profitable and environmentally sustainable food franchise. The co-owners recalled the time in 2011 when a food truck broke down on the 405 Freeway during gridlock traffic and the day their cooks had to make sandwiches in the vehicle as they were driving to an event.
NEWS
By Anthony Clark Carpio | November 6, 2013
The Huntington Beach City Council approved the salary of the newly appointed police chief Monday. Soon-to-be former San Bernardino police Chief Robert Handy made his first public appearance in Surf City, thanking the council members for the opportunity to serve the city. "It truly is an honor to have been selected to serve alongside the men and women of the Huntington Beach Police Department," Handy said. "I look forward to working with them as well as the city team to help make our community safer.
NEWS
By Anthony Clark Carpio and By Anthony Clark Carpio | September 25, 2013
Robinwood Little League spokesman Trent Byer was shocked to find out that thousands of dollars worth of baseball equipment had been stolen from the group's storage container two weeks ago. But he was astounded when the Huntington Beach community stepped up in the league's time of need. Several generous families and businesses have donated money and some replacement equipment. "We had Campbell Realtors, a local real estate company, make offers, and the Cooper family donated another $500, so we've gotten over a thousand dollars in donations," Byer said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Terry Markowitz | September 19, 2013
Ristorante Rumari is a family restaurant featuring Southern-style Italian cuisine. We haven't been back to this Laguna Beach eatery in six years, and were looking forward to revisiting it to see if the food was as good as we remembered - and to try some new dishes we hadn't had before. The owners, Bina and Antonio Crivello, came to California in 1972 with their four sons, leaving behind their restaurant in Porticello, Italy. Mama Bina taught son Vincent and his brothers how to cook so she could stay at home and watch soap operas.
NEWS
By Anthony Clark Carpio | September 18, 2013
The long-awaited Pacific City development in Huntington Beach cleared a small hurdle Monday. The City Council voted unanimously to approve the plans for parking at the outdoor shopping center proposed for First Street and Pacific Coast Highway, though with an adjustment to the hours of operation for restaurants and bars. The item passed on the condition that restaurants and bars up to 27,000 square feet would be allowed to stay open until 2 a.m., and larger establishments would have to close at midnight.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | September 17, 2013
When Steve Hofstetter joined Hunter College High School's Improv club, his interest was otherwise occupied. By a pretty girl, to be exact. Two weeks later, she quit - but he didn't follow. "I was hooked," said Hofstetter, 34, who will take the stage at Tap House in Huntington Beach on Tuesday as part of the venue's "Battle of the Comics. " The New York City native relocated to Los Angeles in December and was alerted to the competition by a friend and fellow comedian. "If I win the whole thing, great - I win $1,000 - and if not, I get to check out Huntington Beach," he said.
NEWS
By Anthony Clark Carpio | July 3, 2013
Stricter laws for certain Huntington Beach bars and restaurants in the downtown area are on their way. In a 6-1 vote, with Mayor Pro Tem Matthew Harper dissenting, the City Council voted to change city changed the regulations on downtown establishments to try to reduce alcohol-related crime in the area. The approved changes to existing law were recommended by Police Chief Ken Small. New or existing businesses seeking a permit to serve alcohol must abide by these rules: admit no new customers beginning 30 minutes before closing, offer last call no later than 15 minutes before closing and serve only individual drinks after midnight.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | June 7, 2013
Downtown Huntington Beach business owners are expressing mixed emotions about the recommendations the chief of police has made to curb alcohol-related incidents. A few believe Chief Ken Small is on the right path to stopping the riffraff in the area while others have concerns about a few of his suggestions. Small discussed his approach during a study session Monday. He wants a new downtown business ordinance that would ban new bar and restaurant patrons during the last half hour of business, require "last call" be made no later than 15 minutes before closing and suggest businesses install and maintain surveillance cameras.
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