Los Angeles Business Journal

L.A. Restaurant Group Finds Japan to Its Taste

Dining: Patina chooses Tokyo for the company’s first overseas outpost.

Dining: Patina Restaurant Group serves up its first overseas location in Tokyo after a special order from its largest shareholder.

Sweet Twist on Chicken

Restaurateur’s latest concept brings chocolate to table as ingredient.

Dining: Umami’s Adam Fleischman braves new take on chicken: chocolate flavoring. 3

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Hot House

Unusual L.A. incubator hatches restaurants

Pizza maker Paul Hibler is launching the first venture out of an unusual restaurant incubator that he modeled on those of the tech world.

This Machine Makes One Mean Burrito

West Hollywood firm introduces dispenser that’s really cookin’.

Food: West Hollywood’s Box Brands makes the Burrito Box, an automated food kiosk that cooks $3 dollar burritos in under a minute. CEO Denis Koci says burritos are “sexy.”

Ouya Co-Founder Muffi Ghadiali Departs

Muffi Ghadiali, one of the founding members of Santa Monica video game console maker Ouya Inc. has left the company, according to website TechCrunch.

Caruso Calls for New Kind of Mall

In his keynote address to the National Retail Federation’s Annual Convention & Expo on Saturday, developer Rick Caruso said the traditional American mall will soon disappear.

Moving In

Retail: Niche-focused online furniture dealers work to click with Internet-cautious manufacturers.

Retail: Furniture dealers aim to cultivate online business while not driving off brick-and-mortar-focused manufacturers.

Extended-Stay Pioneer at Home With Franchising

Hospitality ExecuStay acquisition opened door for Oakwood Worldwide.

Hospitality – Extended-stay pioneer Oakwood Worldwide sees its move into franchising as permanent.

Put to The Test

Education: Mathnasium sees gap in students’ skills as plus for business.

Education – Mathnasium multiplies locations as college-hopeful students are increasingly put to the test.

Middle Man Finds Seat at Table With Restaurants

Dining – John Tu feeds Chinese investors’ immigration hopes by helping them set up Italian eateries.

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Fairfax Exodus

Jewish stores give way to burger places, hip-hop shops

Retail: Burger and streetwear shops in the Fairfax district have pulled up rents and pushed out some of the area’s Jewish merchants

Boutique Operator Has More in Store for This Year

Expansion: Seaside Luxe to add four resort shops before close of December.

Seaside Luxe, an operator of resort boutiques, is wrapping up the year with a rush of openings.

Dunkin’ Donuts Veteran Dips His Toe Into Coffee

Retail: John Dawson to take CEO position at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

Retail: Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf serves up doughnut veteran John Dawson as its new chief executive.

Coffee Bean Names New CEO, Elias Moves to Board

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has named John Dawson president and chief executive, replacing Mel Elias, who served in those roles for five years.

Auto Shopping Website Revs Up IPO Speculation

Internet: Report of TrueCar retaining pair of investment banks fuels talk.

TrueCar is subject of speculation that it may go public.

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Apparel Firm Big on Yoga

Lola Getts puts twist on Lululemon pants flap by touting plus-size wear

Lululemon’s CEO recently dissed wearers of plus-sized yoga pants, but Lola Getts rolls out the welcome mat for them.

Black Friday to Run Long

Retail: Disney Store to seek ‘Magical’ returns with week of seasonal sales.

Retail: Disney Store chain looks to light up registers with a weeklong “Black Friday” run

Upbeat Outlook Causes Roaster’s Shares to Perk Up

Coffee: Upbeat analyst report helps light fire under Farmer Bros.’ stock.

Coasting Into New Shop

Steve Watts opens Venice beachfront storefront to sell handplanes.

Retail: Steve Watts looks to shore up sales of Slyde Handboards with his new beachfront shop in Venice.

Eatery Owner Sinks Teeth Into Digital Currency

Dining: Petit Jardin offers seat at table to Bitcoin-bearing customers.

One West L.A. restaurant has been bitten by the Bitcoin bug.

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Seeking Some Heat

APPAREL: Fera International looks beyond ski wear as snow sports fade.

Apparel: Fera International looks to take its new clothing line beyond the slopes as interest in skiing goes downhill.

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New Fashioned

APPAREL: The paper-preferring clothing industry may prove a tough fit for NuOrder’s digital ordering and inventory system

It’s hard to find a pen or paper at NuOrder Inc.’s West Hollywood offices. Its co-founders don’t want its biggest competitor hanging around.

Shot in Arm For Hoopsters?

Guarantee 3’s training device aims to score points with basketball players.

Sports: Dave Felkel promises net gains to basketball players who use his training harness.

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