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By Donna Huffaker Evans | August 1, 2009
There?s something unseemly and a little gluttonous about driving from hamburger stand to hamburger stand, tasting the charbroiled sandwiches, then piling up the beefy booty and wheeling across town to do it all over again. Not to mention, each grease-splotched paper bag plopped into my front seat served as a reminder to get my lipids checked. ?Next time, I swear, it?ll be salads,? I told my burgeoning image in the visor mirror. But, in the name of journalism, I forwent worrying about triglycerides, and forged on to find the best hamburger stand from the Burbank-Glendale-La Crescenta area.
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By Christine Putnam | October 4, 2008
If you remember rushing to the malt shop after school and pouring your allowance into the jukebox to twist to the latest vinyl sounds, then take that old letterman jacket or poodle skirt out of mothballs. The Great Grill in downtown Burbank is your time machine back to the 1950s, complete with burgers, fries and Blue Plate Specials. Walking into the Great Grill, you expect to see a group of bobby-soxers sitting at the vinyl- covered booths discussing 10-cent comic books and the lyrics to the latest Elvis hit. The restaurant is rather small, but it has all of that nostalgic appeal that makes the size seem more intimate than uncomfortable.
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By Christopher Cadelago | February 10, 2010
CITY HALL — The City Council last week rebuffed a series of tax hikes, instead calling on executives to prioritize a list of revenue-generating proposals with fewer impacts to residents and economic development. The revenue and investment study comes as City Manager Mike Flad told department heads to trim 5% from their proposed budgets to close a projected $5.3-million budget shortfall for 2010-11. Financial executives said the $35,000 study was a way to gain insight into what other cities were doing to boost revenues.
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June 29, 2005
The Providence Blood Donor Center, based at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, will have a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at Carney's Restaurant, 12601 Ventura Boulevard in Studio City. Blood donated to the center by the surrounding community is also available for use by those who live in the community. All donors receive a coupon good for a free hamburger or hot dog at Carney's Restaurant. The center welcomes walk-ins, but those interested in donating may also call and make an appointment with Sandy Hibarger at (818)
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By Joyce Rudolph | January 19, 2008
A familiar chubby face will greet visitors at the Burbank Historical Society’s Gordon R. Howard Museum. A 6-foot-tall Bob’s Big Boy statue, decked out in his red-and-white checked overalls, was moved from a dusty garage to its new home on Wednesday. The statue, in close to perfect condition, of the boy who inspired the double-deck hamburger was a gift to Arnold Peterson who was Bob Wian’s partner in the Bob’s Big Boy restaurant chain. It has been in the family’s garage for about 25 years, said Peterson’s son, Ron Peterson.
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September 28, 2002
Jackson Bell Burgers won't be the only fare being dished out today at Bob's Big Boy -- diners can feast on a book about the well-known chain. Christian Hansen, a former employee who started as a dishwasher and moved up to board member, is selling and signing copies of his book, "The Big Boy Story," at noon today at the restaurant at 4211 W. Riverside Drive. The Bob's story starts in 1937 in Glendale with an ambitious lunch-stand operator named Bob Wain who came up with the double-deck hambur- ger, but was at a loss for names, referring to it as "the special."
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By Donna Huffaker Evans | October 24, 2009
The mere mention of hospital food elicits contorted facial expressions and conjures images of green Jello and meatloaf surprise. Depending on how sick the patients, or how sad the visitors, chances are, food is not foremost on their minds. But they want to be comforted. Hence, comfort food — flavorful, home-cooked meals that offer a nostalgic, soul-healing appeal. And because feeling better is what every hospital wants for its patients, shouldn’t the cafeterias strive to achieve this basic need?
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By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | August 24, 2012
After almost 20 years in Burbank, the Riverside Café will serve its final meal on Sunday as it closes because of a dwindling number of customers, and because the owner says he can no longer afford to invest in the failing business. Matt Peek took over ownership of the café at 1221 W. Riverside Drive in October 2009 from its original owners, Paula and Michael Kidby, who continue working as customer service manager and chef, respectively. But Peek said that since the recession hit, the restaurant has seen fewer and fewer patrons, particularly from nearby movie studios during lunchtime.
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March 22, 2003
Molly Shore Students at William McKinley Elementary School witnessed an unusual sight Friday -- state Assemblyman Dario Frommer (D-Burbank) jumping rope on the playground. Frommer joined more than 400 third-, fourth- and fifth-graders in National Nutrition Month's Jump for Health promoting healthy eating and exercise. Frommer said it is important to teach children the value of good nutrition so they can avoid health-related diseases later in life.
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October 29, 2003
Ryan Carter Forget about that tangy barbecue chicken salad, the savory wrap or that tasty three-piece chicken combo for lunch. Koo Koo Roo California Kitchen at 800 N. San Fernando Blvd., a Media City Center Mall staple, has closed its doors. Earlier this month, Koo Koo Roo Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, along with its sister specialty restaurant chain Chi-Chi's Inc. Koo Koo Roo's parent company, Irvine-based Prandium Inc., which completed its own bankruptcy proceedings in June 2002, did not file for bankruptcy this time, according to news reports.
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By Christopher Cadelago | February 10, 2010
CITY HALL — The City Council last week rebuffed a series of tax hikes, instead calling on executives to prioritize a list of revenue-generating proposals with fewer impacts to residents and economic development. The revenue and investment study comes as City Manager Mike Flad told department heads to trim 5% from their proposed budgets to close a projected $5.3-million budget shortfall for 2010-11. Financial executives said the $35,000 study was a way to gain insight into what other cities were doing to boost revenues.
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By Donna Huffaker Evans | August 1, 2009
There?s something unseemly and a little gluttonous about driving from hamburger stand to hamburger stand, tasting the charbroiled sandwiches, then piling up the beefy booty and wheeling across town to do it all over again. Not to mention, each grease-splotched paper bag plopped into my front seat served as a reminder to get my lipids checked. ?Next time, I swear, it?ll be salads,? I told my burgeoning image in the visor mirror. But, in the name of journalism, I forwent worrying about triglycerides, and forged on to find the best hamburger stand from the Burbank-Glendale-La Crescenta area.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Christine Putnam | October 4, 2008
If you remember rushing to the malt shop after school and pouring your allowance into the jukebox to twist to the latest vinyl sounds, then take that old letterman jacket or poodle skirt out of mothballs. The Great Grill in downtown Burbank is your time machine back to the 1950s, complete with burgers, fries and Blue Plate Specials. Walking into the Great Grill, you expect to see a group of bobby-soxers sitting at the vinyl- covered booths discussing 10-cent comic books and the lyrics to the latest Elvis hit. The restaurant is rather small, but it has all of that nostalgic appeal that makes the size seem more intimate than uncomfortable.
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