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.
Business Journal makes its case for L.A.’s top lawyers who shepherd the biggest M&A deals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Program fashions export plan for L.A. companies.
New export program aims to help apparel maker Velvet Heart fit in the Chinese market.
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.
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.
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.
Santa Monica mulls car dealership for Third Street Promenade.
Electric-car maker Coda looks to park a dealership at Third Street Promenade.
Department stores tighten belt on denim makers.
Some department stores see L.A. denim makers’ very premium prices as a poor fit.
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.
As president of the California Fashion Association, Ilse Metchek doesn’t go many places without dressing to the nines.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The bucket list for attorney Gary Nelson, 52, just got a little shorter. He climbed Mount Everest during a trip from April to June.
Local apparel makers bring production home
Manufacturing in L.A. is back in fashion as production costs continue to rise overseas.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
State requirement has boosted work for fire sprinkler installers.
A state requirement for new homes is showering fire sprinkler installers with more business.
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.
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.
Los Angeles doesn’t seem like the first place the government of Rwanda would look for a lawyer.
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.
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.
Circus troupe aims to sell 700,000 tickets a year at its new Hollywood home.
Arab region on the menu for several L.A. chains.
DineEquity has added Mideast expansion to IHOP’s menu, hold the sausage and bacon.
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.
When Joel Miller vacationed across the pond several years ago, he returned with the most unlikely of souvenirs: a paper boat race.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
RETAIL & APPAREL: Menchie’s hopes to have 230 shops worldwide by early 2012.
Who said the frozen yogurt craze is melting away?
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.
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.
When Don Scott moved to Los Angeles 17 years ago, he dreamed of making it big in both the entertainment and business worlds.
Cipriani debuts on Westside, but on Pico.
A new inn called Mr. C is checking into the ranks of L.A.’s luxury hotels.
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.