Los Angeles Business Journal

Jay Weston: Table Reads

Movie producer mailed a recommendation of a Chinese eatery to some show biz friends, which led to the launch of his Restaurant Newsletter.

Film producer Jay Weston has a full plate penning restaurant reviews and writing for the Huffington Post.

WHO’S WHO IN LAW - BRIAN J. McCARTHY

Special Report

Business Journal makes its case for L.A.’s top lawyers who shepherd the biggest M&A deals.

‘Bananas’ Lawyer Regaining Appeal?

Juan Dominguez defends role in alleged fraud against Dole.

Lawyer Juan Dominguez is hungry to get back to work now that controversy has died down over his alleged fraud in lawsuits against Dole Food.

Hollywood Eatery Calls It a Wrap

Pane e Vino shutters after 20 years as an industry hangout.

Star wattage couldn’t stop the curtain from falling on show business industry hot spot Pane e Vino.

Taking Good Care of the Doctor

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Louis Perry has provided security to such high-profile people as former Vice President Al Gore and boxing star Manny Pacquiao, but nothing quite compares to his current assignment.

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Grocery Magnate Bags Local Hotel

Billionaire Burkle checking into lodging industry.

Billionaire Ron Burkle hopes to make room in L.A.’s hotel scene for his recently acquired Wilshire Hotel.

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Apparel Makers Suit Up for China

Program fashions export plan for L.A. companies.

New export program aims to help apparel maker Velvet Heart fit in the Chinese market.

Clothing Maker Puts Brand on New Business Model

Cherokee now assists its customers with design, manufacturing.

Apparel licensing company Cherokee is trying on a new business strategy of providing more guidance to its customers.

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Ritzy Gym Chain Hopes to Fit in L.A.

Equinox looks for lift by picking up Sports Club.

High-end chain Equinox is muscling into L.A.’s fitness scene by picking up Sports Club locations.

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Food Company Faces More Overseas Toxin Woes

Filipino plantation workers latest to sue Dole over alleged sterility.

New pesticide lawsuit from the Philippines adds to food giant Dole’s chemical court cases.

Driving Foot Traffic

Santa Monica mulls car dealership for Third Street Promenade.

Electric-car maker Coda looks to park a dealership at Third Street Promenade.

L.A. Billionaire May Slip Into American Apparel

Ron Burkle could steer company by picking up its debt.

Billionaire investor Ron Burkle may see American Apparel’s debt load as a good fit for his Yucaipa Cos.

Taking Shine to Shoemaking

Raul Ojeda went from cleaning footwear to owning high-end shop.

Raul Ojeda stepped up his game by going from shining shoes to crafting $2,400 pairs.

Coming Back Into Fashion

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As president of the California Fashion Association, Ilse Metchek doesn’t go many places without dressing to the nines.

L.A.’s Pricey Jeans In a Tight Squeeze

Department stores tighten belt on denim makers.

Some department stores see L.A. denim makers’ very premium prices as a poor fit.

Vernon Jeans Maker Looks to Fit in Kids Market

RETAIL & APPAREL: Children’s pants first step in new line from 7 for All Mankind.

Premium denim maker 7 for All Mankind is going small, but it’s part of a plan to grow.

Does Dov Charney Have Something Up His Sleeve?

Store sales rise as American Apparel partners with online retail giants.

American Apparel looks like it’s fashioning a comeback out of stores-in-stores and online retail partnerships.

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Playing It Up

Jakks lines up trading cards, TV show to launch toy franchise.

Toymaker Jakks is making a play for global conquest with its new line, Monsuno.

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Fit for L.A.

Local apparel makers bring production home

Manufacturing in L.A. is back in fashion as production costs continue to rise overseas.

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Jay Grossman: Biting Down

Dentist treats both Hollywood stars and destitute veterans. Did it all start when he was fired from McDonald’s?

Some big-name celebrities have taken a shine to dentist Jay Grossman’s teeth-whitening skill.

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Restaurant Chain Wants Extra Helping of Change

Parent pins sales recovery on new menu, improved service at IHOP.

Slumping IHOP sales have taken a bite out of parent DineEquity’s share price.

Talk About Making It to the Top

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The bucket list for attorney Gary Nelson, 52, just got a little shorter. He climbed Mount Everest during a trip from April to June.

Mattel Ordered to Pay $309 Million in Bratz Case

A federal judge has ordered Mattel Inc. to pay rival toymaker MGA Entertainment Inc. more than $309 million in the long-running battle over the Bratz fashion dolls

Brothers Added To Menu

Umami founder turns to Nazarians to grow L.A. burger chain.

Umami hopes the Nazarian brothers can add some sizzle to the burger chain’s expansion plan.

Boom and Bust in Middle East

Frederick’s hopes its sexy styles find a home in conservative region.

Frederick’s of Hollywood hopes for a discrete boost in sales by opening shops in the covered-up Middle East.

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Local Clothing Company to Take Credit Overseas

Guess to use borrowed bucks to open shops across the world.

Clothing maker Guess sees its move into markets across the globe as a sure thing.

Hoping Bakery Pans Out

West Hollywood shop to challenge cupcakes with its take on tarts.

Tart bakery Früute hopes it can get a taste of the success of L.A.’s cupcake shops.

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Basking in The Heat

State requirement has boosted work for fire sprinkler installers.

A state requirement for new homes is showering fire sprinkler installers with more business.

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NYSE Says Clothing Maker’s Changes Don’t Fit

RETAIL & APPAREL: Exchange warns American Apparel on board requirements.

The New York Stock Exchange is trying to keep up with American Apparel’s board moves.

Taking Care of Rwanda’s Legal Business

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Los Angeles doesn’t seem like the first place the government of Rwanda would look for a lawyer.

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Signs of Trouble?

Billboard company’s lawsuit claims AEG violates city permits with its signs at downtown’s L.A. Live.

Billboard business alleges AEG is posting illegal outdoor ads at L.A. Live.

Full House in the Cards for ‘Iris’?

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Circus troupe aims to sell 700,000 tickets a year at its new Hollywood home.

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Big Hollywood Role Eyed for ‘Iris’

But some fear Cirque’s spotlight will miss them.

Kodak Theatre’s neighbors may share the spotlight with Cirque du Soleil’s new production, but businesses farther away fear being upstaged.

Discount Seller’s Seats Up in the Air

Investment firm pushes for new Tix Corp. board.

Tix Corp.’s largest shareholder is battling to get new bodies in the discount seller’s board seats.

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Better Fit

Free-trade pact tailor made for L.A. apparel firms?

A U.S.-South Korea pact may sow more business, especially for L.A. clothing makers.

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IHOP Aims High With Middle East

Arab region on the menu for several L.A. chains.

DineEquity has added Mideast expansion to IHOP’s menu, hold the sausage and bacon.

Sailing on Downtown’s Waters

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When Joel Miller vacationed across the pond several years ago, he returned with the most unlikely of souvenirs: a paper boat race.

Wide Legs Put Squeeze on Premium Denim Maker

Skinny focus of Joe’s Jeans proves a poor fit as fashion shifts.

The popularity of rivals’ wide-leg denim lines have thinned out profits for skinny-focused Joe’s Jeans.

K-Swiss Stumbles Over Rising Costs For Labor, Gas

Losses mounting, but back-to-school sales may bring a turnaround.

Shoemaker K-Swiss Inc. is facing an uphill climb as mounting losses drive down its stock price.

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Legislators Telling Hoteliers Which Sheets to Use

Industry bristles at misdemeanor fines for bedding choices.

Talk about government getting in your bed: Proposed legislation would make it a misdemeanor for hotels to use flat sheets instead of fitted ones.

Bar Owner Gets Taste Of Reality

Champs Sports Pub got a ‘rescue,’ but no one is saying ‘Cheers’

Reality didn’t meet the expectations of a Burbank bar owner when he let a Spike TV show give his place a makeover.

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Pacific Connection

Forever 21 and media companies in L.A. invest in new Korean TV channels.

Forever 21 and ethnic L.A. radio and television stations are getting into the picture on new cable channels in South Korea.

Attorney Sentenced in Saban Tax Case

Los Angeles tax attorney Matthew Krane was sentenced to 32 months in prison Friday for taking a $36 million kickback federal prosecutors say he received in return for steering media mogul Haim Saban into an illegal tax shelter.

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Reading the Market

Discount One Dollar Bookstores help landlords fill some Borders shops before permanent replacements move in.

Landlords are happy to book just about anything into shops left empty by the bankrupt Borders chain.

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Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt Chain Piles on the Stores

RETAIL & APPAREL: Menchie’s hopes to have 230 shops worldwide by early 2012.

Who said the frozen yogurt craze is melting away?

Movie Fest Tunes Up

Outdoor event to put more focus on bands in second go-around.

The organizers of an outdoor movie fest are hoping live bands will drum up business.

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Ludo Lefebvre: In and Out

The popularity of his temporary-restaurant concept has earned chef his own reality show, where the chef hopes to keep the focus on cooking and not his spicy-hot personality.

French chef Ludo Lefebvre has a full plate with his temporary restaurants and a new reality show.

From Big Screen to Soul Dogs

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When Don Scott moved to Los Angeles 17 years ago, he dreamed of making it big in both the entertainment and business worlds.

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Refashioning

New execs plan 200 Kitson stores worldwide

Kitson founder Fraser Ross has outfitted the high-end clothing chain with new execs to drive company growth.

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L.A. Hotels Add Luxury Moniker

Cipriani debuts on Westside, but on Pico.

A new inn called Mr. C is checking into the ranks of L.A.’s luxury hotels.

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