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THE818NOW
April 9, 2013
The Burbank Planning Board on Monday approved plans for a six-story, 210-room hotel to be built in downtown Burbank. A Hilton Garden Inn - proposed by a Florida-based developer - is expected to take over the corner of South San Fernando Boulevard and Verdugo Avenue, replacing an existing auto sales lot, car repair shop and restaurant. Proposed hotel amenities include a restaurant, lounge, pool and fitness center, according to a city report. At the meeting on Monday, residents and business owners supporting the project cited the economic benefits of a new hotel, while opponents fear impacts to parking and traffic congestion.
NEWS
By DAVID LAURELL | October 3, 2007
While the “Taste of Downtown Burbank” was staged to benefit the Burbank Community YMCA, it was more than apparent during Thursday evening’s food fest that the event’s participants were also benefiting. Whether one’s culinary preferences were as simple as an All-American burger or as adventurous as Japanese fusion, it was impossible to take 10 steps in any direction without succumbing to some sort of tasty temptation. Three-year-old Isabella Scozzola was so tempted by a huge chocolate chip cookie that once it was in her possession, she gave little care to the fact that she was getting as much of the gooey goodness on her cheeks as into her mouth.
NEWS
By Chris Wiebe | September 23, 2006
CIVIC CENTER ? San Fernando Boulevard between Orange Grove Avenue and Magnolia Boulevard swarmed with more than 1,000 people on Thursday, who sampled the offerings of downtown restaurants during the third annual Taste of Downtown Burbank. "I can't even see the other end of the street," Mayor Todd Campbell said, standing feet away from Orange Grove. "This is a fabulous event and I think it'll be even better next year. It's a great opportunity for the community to get together and taste the great restaurants downtown, as well as help out a community group."
NEWS
By Jeremy Oberstein | September 29, 2007
As Joey Gonzalez handed out cookies and hamburgers, he marveled at the long lines on San Fernando Boulevard. “I just love Burbank” the Fuddruckers general manager said. “And I love this festival. It seems to get bigger every year.” While dozens crowded around the Fuddruckers booth, thousands crammed Downtown on Thursday night for the fourth annual Taste of Downtown Burbank. The festival offered residents the opportunity to sample food from more than 30 restaurants, sip drinks and even find a place to live.
NEWS
By Rachel Kane | December 12, 2007
Bundled-up revelers slid and played in nearly 15 tons of snow brought into Downtown Burbank on Sunday. At the tail end of the shopping area’s 12 Days of Holiday Cheer events — a stretch of 12 days that included a holiday parade, tree lighting, free food and refreshments — people took advantage of one of the most visible happenings. “Oh man,” said Gail Stewart, manager of downtown activities and events. “We had like 1,000 people [at the snow day]
NEWS
March 2, 2005
Downtown receives marketing awards Downtown Burbank received three marketing awards at the annual California Festivals and Events Assn. Celebration Awards held Feb. 19. Downtown Burbank secured first place for "Best New Idea" and took first and second place for Best Festival Brochures. The "Best New Idea" award went to Downtown Burbank for "12 Days of Holiday Cheer," Downtown Burbank's holiday collaboration with Burbank's Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, Radio Disney, Ikea and Burbank Town Center.
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July 1, 2009
Send DATEBOOK items to Burbank Leader, 221 N. Brand Blvd., 2nd Floor, Glendale, CA 91203 or fax to (818) 241-1975. Submissions must be received two weeks before publication. ? THURSDAY Downtown Burbank Free Summer Concert series starts today and continues every Thursday night thereafter in July and August on the AMC Walkway at Palm Avenue and San Fernando Boulevard in Downtown Burbank. Festivities start at 6 p.m. with dance lessons by Francisco and Stacey of the Dance Family Studio, then a two-hour concert begins at 7 p.m. .For more information, visit http://www.
NEWS
August 18, 2004
Beach Party Nights to begin DOWNTOWN BURBANK -- The music will continue in Downtown Burbank with Beach Party Nights from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays in September in the AMC Plaza. California beach music will be performed by top bands with the final act in the series being Captain Cardiac and the Coronaries on Sept. 30. The other bands will be announced later. Free dance lessons begin at 6 p.m. followed by the free concert at 7. Also on Sept.
NEWS
By: | October 12, 2005
Burbank chamber to host luncheon The Burbank Chamber of Commerce hosts a Business Connection Luncheon the second Thursday of every month at The Castaway restaurant, 1250 Harvard Road in Burbank. Sponsored by the Burbank Leader. This luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Cost is $22 per member, $27 for prospective members. For reservations, call the chamber at (818) 846-3111. Downtown Burbank hosts trick-or-treat alternative Downtown Burbank presents Booo-tiful Downtown Burbank from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31 on the AMC Walkway at Palm Avenue and San Fernando Boulevard.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | December 31, 2013
Ice skating lovers - it's your last chance to take a spin at the temporary skating rink in downtown Burbank, which will be open daily until Sunday. Operators said the rink drew thousands to downtown Burbank during its six-week run, and featured a number of family-friendly events to get skaters on the ice. Robert Moore, owner of Moore's Delicatessen in downtown, called the attraction a “huge success” that brought new customers to his eatery. “It made (downtown Burbank)
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | December 31, 2013
Ice skating lovers - it's your last chance to take a spin at the temporary skating rink in downtown Burbank, which will be open daily until Sunday. Operators said the rink drew thousands to downtown Burbank during its six-week run, and featured a number of family-friendly events to get skaters on the ice. Robert Moore, owner of Moore's Delicatessen in downtown, called the attraction a “huge success” that brought new customers to his eatery. “It made (downtown Burbank)
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | November 22, 2013
Skaters flocked to downtown Burbank this week for the grand opening of a temporary ice rink , which is slated to be open through early January. “This is like Rockefeller Center now,” said Burbank resident Masiss Andriasian, just after he picked up a flier with details on the rink's hours Friday afternoon. Andriasian planned to take his two sons and daughter skating Friday evening. “This is real - you can't play this with a remote control,” Andriasian said. For 10-year-old Kyron Mirzakhanian, who often skates at Pickwick Ice in Burbank, the rink was a neat opportunity to skate outdoors.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com and By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | September 3, 2013
The Planning Board on Monday will consider a proposal to build a five-story, 170-room business hotel with 136 parking spots in downtown Burbank, officials said. An Irvine-based developer has proposed constructing a Grandview Suites hotel on South San Fernando Boulevard between Providencia and Santa Anita avenues, just a block away from the eventual site of a six-story, 210-room Hilton Garden Inn that was approved for construction in May. The proposed Grandview Suites will include a pool, spa, convenience market, meeting space and exercise room, but no on-site convention facility, according to the application submitted by R.D. Olson Development.
THE818NOW
July 26, 2013
In 1943, George Barris was a high school senior in northern California, still years away from designing custom cars like his original Batmobile for the 1960s Batman television series. As Barris approached graduation, his San Juan High School principal triumphantly announced the names of his classmates who would be future doctors and lawyers. But the principal told Barris - who quit his metal shop class dissatisfied over making drain pipes - that he would be “the least [likely] to ever succeed.” Nearly 70 years later, San Juan High School invited Barris back in 2012.
THE818NOW
May 10, 2013
Cartoonist Bert Ring gently -- or not so gently -- ribs some residents who have say the newly approved Hilton Garden hotel at South San Fernando Boulevard and Verdugo Avenue will harm the "tranquility" of downtown Burbank.  -- Dan Evans, Times Community News Follow Dan Evans on Twitter: @EditorDanEvans .  
THE818NOW
April 30, 2013
A 36-year-old Los Angeles man who police say appeared to be high on methamphetamine was arrested Sunday on suspicion of identity theft and possession of Norco and Vicodin without a prescription. Officers approached the man, Richard Hathaway, just before 7 p.m. for smoking in front of Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in downtown Burbank, a violation of the city's municipal code, said Burbank Police Lt. Eddie Ruiz. According to police reports, Hathaway appeared nervous and admitted he had consumed methamphetamine earlier in the evening, Ruiz said.
THE818NOW
April 9, 2013
The Burbank Planning Board on Monday approved plans for a six-story, 210-room hotel to be built in downtown Burbank. A Hilton Garden Inn - proposed by a Florida-based developer - is expected to take over the corner of South San Fernando Boulevard and Verdugo Avenue, replacing an existing auto sales lot, car repair shop and restaurant. Proposed hotel amenities include a restaurant, lounge, pool and fitness center, according to a city report. At the meeting on Monday, residents and business owners supporting the project cited the economic benefits of a new hotel, while opponents fear impacts to parking and traffic congestion.
THE818NOW
April 2, 2013
The city of Burbank has come in for some serious dissing since news broke that "The Tonight Show" may leave NBC studios at Olive and Alameda avenues in search of an edgier, fresher vibe in New York City. The old "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" slam about "beautiful downtown Burbank" was trotted out of deep storage. A great town to have a toothache (the city founder was a dentist). Home to studio "factories. " Burbank Mayor Dave Golonski, a City Council member for 19 years, may have the last laugh.
THE818NOW
March 22, 2013
The man who came up with the phrase "beautiful downtown Burbank" is not happy that NBC is considering moving "The Tonight Show" back to New York City. "Burbank is a great little place," said Gary Owens, who coined the phrase from his radio days then made it famous when he was the announcer on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" from 1968 to 1973. "If you are in show business in any way, shape or form, you must be here. "  Johnny Carson , who moved "The Tonight Show" from New York to Los Angeles in 1972, also used the "beautiful downtown Burbank" line but never tried to take credit for it. Continue reading > > -- Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
THE818NOW
December 31, 2012
A Florida-based developer has submitted a proposal to build a six-story, 210-room Hilton hotel in downtown Burbank, city officials said. At roughly 40,000 square feet, the proposed Hilton Garden Inn for the corner of South San Fernando Boulevard and Verdugo Avenue would replace an existing retail building, auto repair shop and an auto sales lot. According to the application submitted by FPG Development Group, the hotel would include a restaurant...
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