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By Joe Piasecki, | August 20, 2013
A blaze at a Burbank strip mall last week took firefighters less than half an hour to extinguish, but recovery efforts could drag on for months for some business owners. The fire that ripped through Tina's Nails and Spa shortly after 4 a.m. on Aug. 13 caused fire or smoke damage to all nine of the business' neighbors in the complex in the 1500 block of San Fernando Boulevard, Burbank Fire Capt. Peter Hendrickson said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, he said.
May 17, 2000
Dean Briggs and Craig Hobbs, Enjoy! GLENDALE -- The Canyon Cafe is a very comfortable place to sit and have a drink and enjoy the view with friends. Some of their dishes are delicious and wonderful. Their entrees however, at least the three we sampled, seemed to lack focus. Situated next to the Mann's Marketplace 4 Theaters, the restaurant is decorated in a Southwestern motif that is quite attractive. As the sun went down, blinds were opened to reveal an outdoor patio and an appealing view of the Hollywood Hills behind the Glendale cityscape.
By Cherie Mercer Twohy | August 12, 2006
The way this summer is progressing, there are plenty of "no cooking" evenings ahead of us — nights where the mere thought of preheating an oven causes one's core temperature to rise to triple digits. Or when sorbet seems like a reasonable main-dish choice. A few take-out menus by the phone can prevent a literal and figurative melt-down during these dog days. Pizza Cucina in La Cañada Flintridge has a menu that you’ll want at the top of the stack. With pizzas, pastas, calzones and salads, there is something to pique any appetite.
By By Cherie Mercer Twohy | January 14, 2006
Lola'sHaving never visited Peru, I claim no frame of reference for how authentically Peruvian Lola's cuisine might actually be. But within my frame of reference for affordable and tasty, Lola's fits the bill. The décor is eclectic, with the focus on an open kitchen in back, where the "All You Can Eat Lunch Buffet" takes center stage Monday through Friday. Cheerful cooks man the buffet line to describe and serve the dishes available. At $7.99, this lunch buffet is a bargain, featuring several salads (mixed green, Caesar and Russian potato salad)
By Cherie Mercer Twohy | May 8, 2006
What a difference a day makes ? or in this case, a few weeks. Maurizio's Italian Kitchen has been a cornerstone in the Glendale Exchange for years, serving up pre- or post-movie pizzas and Italian fare. Popular for holiday brunches and family celebrations, the mostly Italian menu offered predictably good value and flavor. Since my recent visit last month, a dramatic revamp has taken place, transforming the Old World calm into a rollicking, rowdy sports bar atmosphere. The décor has changed from hand-stenciled garlands to televisions mounted in the corners, and the crowd is decidedly younger and hipper ?
By Bill Scollon | June 24, 2006
Ever wish there was a clean, homespun place where you could bring a horde of hungry youths, let them eat their fill, and still have money left in your wallet? Well, your wish is granted. Just trot the little ones over to Pinocchio's Italian Restaurant in Burbank and line 'em up at the cafeteria-style counter. A recent facelift added some tables and freshened the restaurant's faux wine-cellar motif, but the big menu board survived. The food is old-style southern Italian with heavy sauces, pasta, meats and lots of cheese.
October 10, 2001
Karen Hubbard The Burbank Temporary Aid Center will present a patriotic salute to the United States of America at their annual pasta dinner Oct. 17, at the United Methodist Church, 700 N. Glenoaks Blvd., in Burbank. The first seating will be from 5 to 6 p.m., with the second seating 6 to 7 p.m. Barron's Family Restaurant in Burbank will be preparing this mouthwatering dinner consisting of the best pasta, sauce, meatballs, garlic bread, salad, dessert and beverage this side of the Mississippi River.
By: Cherie Mercer Twohy | August 27, 2005
You may not see stars if you visit Star Cafe in Montrose, but you might have a stellar, if casual, meal. This comfortable spot has been popular with locals since the 1980s, and the saw-dusted floors and relaxed atmosphere make it especially family-friendly. An air-conditioned, enclosed patio up the back stairs offers a respite from the clanging kitchen clatter up front. Soft, fragrant, oil-rich rolls are brought to the table immediately. The bread, flecked with pepper flakes and spice, is frighteningly addictive.
By Bill Scollon | April 1, 2006
Quality craftsmanship is a cherished tradition of the D'Argenzio family, longtime Burbank residents known for their beautiful handcrafted cabinetry. That same kind of care and craftsmanship can be found in the family's award-winning wines. The winery is in Santa Rosa. But the D'Argenzio's wanted to bring the experience of wine tasting home, so it just seemed natural to them to convert the front office of their woodworking shop to a tasting room and wine shop. And I'm glad they did. It broadens our already diverse epicurean opportunities.
By By Bill Scollon | November 26, 2005
Those of us who relocated to the West Coast know what it's like to crave a special dish from back home. Crab cakes from Maryland, cheese grits from South Carolina, pirogies from Cleveland, a salad topped with French fries from Pittsburgh -- whatever. Those who hail from Chicago owe a debt of gratitude to Arlene Mantegna -- wife of actor Joe Mantegna -- who decided to bring a bit of the couple's hometown to Burbank. The result is the tasty casual restaurant fittingly called Taste Chicago.
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