It’s not even close. With 5,399 online reviews, downtown Italian eatery Bottega Louie is miles ahead of the second “most reviewed” Los Angeles restaurant on Yelp.
This is no accident. The establishment works hard at cultivating its enviable relationship with customers. As Eater LA recently reported, Bottega Louie offers a New York-style special call-in number for VIPs.
And while most are probably not aware that today, April 24, is “Administrative Professionals’ Day,” that information is all over the Bottega Louie Facebook page. Several posts urge office supervisors to reward their underlings with the appropriate number of items from the restaurant’s separate Patisserie operation.
It’s that time of year again. Ernst & Young has pared down its Greater LA Entrepreneur of the Year competition to a worthy group of semi-finalists. Finalists will be announced May 13 and a gala presentation held June 18 at the Beverly Hilton, hosted by FOX 11 news anchor Christine Devine.
“We typically have between 18-21 finalists and six or seven awards categories by industry,” Greater LA program manager Ashley Evans tells FishbowlLA. “The categories aren’t announced until the gala and are determined by our independent judging panel.”
From there, LA and other USA regional winners will convene in Palm Springs in November for the EY National Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, typically hosted by Jay Leno. One lucky U.S. winner will continue on to the World Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in June 2014.
For years, lounge lizard extraordinaire Richard Cheese could never say yes to LA’s Grilled Cheese Invitational because of a same-time conflict in Las Vegas. But thanks to event founder Tim Walker‘s decision to move up this year’s edition by a week, these “two evil forces of cheese” will finally come together.
The 11th GCI will take place April 20 at downtown’s Los Angeles Center Studios (1201 West Fifth Street). Walker tells FishbowlLA this year’s interested media parties include CBS Sunday Morning, Yahoo as well as the usual blogger and local TV news suspects.
There’s even more exciting grilled cheese news from Walker’s end, courtesy of his day job as national expansion director for LA’s hugely popular Grilled Cheese Truck. To the three area vehicles and two others rolled out this year in Phoenix, more will soon be added.
“We’re looking to expand wherever there’s a city and people who like cheese,” Walker jokes. “Texas, Colorado are probably going to be next.”
“The Grilled Cheese Truck has managed to cultivate this whole world of weirdness, community and fun,” he continues. “I was doing various kinds of event planning, things like for example a Grammy after-party, and am thrilled to now also be helping spread the glory of grilled cheese further afield.”
Tickets for the 11th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Richard Cheese and his Lounge Against the Machine will perform from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and if you’re interested in being a competitor, the entry fee ranges from $25 (amateurs) to $50 (pros). Either way, how can you not love an event featuring the competition categories Honey Pot, Kama Sutra, Love, American Style and Missionary Position.
We second the astonished tone of HuffPost Home associate editor Michelle Manetti.
In a weekend item, she expressed amazement that syndicated radio show legend Casey Kasem and wife Jean have their Holmby Hills home on the market for a whopping $42 million. What catches everyone’s attention is that if successful, the couple will reap something in the neighborhood of a 2500% profit. Not including any subsequent improvements, they paid under two million for the residence back in 1989.
Redfin.com has a nice portfolio of pictures. There’s a heart-shaped pool and sunken tennis court in the back, four fireplaces, and much more.
As LA Times reporter Joe Flintrecently reminded, it was Owens who first coined the phrase as a radio announcer and then made it famous on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In. Although NBC may well find a worthy TV ratings successor to occupy the main studio at Alameda and Olive, it will never quite be the same:
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.
This past weekend marked the end of a long run for self-described LA County District Attorney ”flack” Sandi Gibbons. After 24 years served on behalf of a quartet of bosses, she retired March 30 at age 72.
San Gabriel Valley Tribune reporter Ruby Gonzales does a really nice job of paying tribute to Gibbons. The exiting spokesperson says her job was like being a “city editor to the world” and remembers how it sometimes involved brushing shoulders with Hollywood:
Gibbons recalled teaming TV producer Dick Wolf with deputy DA Pamela Bozanich, who prosecuted Lyle and Erik Menendez in their first trial.
We’re not entirely sure, but if we had to wager, we’d guess Natasha Case’s mobile Coolhaus spinoff has received more recent media attention than any other LA food truck. Then again, it’s not every food truck that concentrates on “architecturally inspired” ice cream sandwiches named after design visionaries and dedicated to the principles of aesthetic structure.
The latest bit of video is a segment for I Am LA, the street-level interview series housed at KCET’s Departures. It comes on the heels of last year’s inclusion of Case in a Forbes“30 Under 30” list, various Eater LA items and more.
Kelly Swoope (pictured), a 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. news anchor at ABC affiliate WMAR-TV in Baltimore, is safely back from LA. But not for long. She will be flying out again soon to continue her on-site coverage of “Charm City” Dancing with the Stars contestants Jacoby Jones and Dorothy Hamill.
Swoope has posted a funny little summary of her first trip to the City of Angels. It’s a write-up that will have the proprietors of a certain Fairfax Ave. establishment smiling:
Los Angeles is a very interesting city. There is a lot wealth, fancy cars, nice clothing and bad plastic surgery. However there are a lot of normal, working class people too.
In addition to working as an associate editor and reporter for KPCC, Hayley Fox is also these days doing PR for a certain neighborhood bar scheduled to re-open in Echo Park April 1. Just days after she married Joaquin Reyna-Donaldson last fall, he and business partner Don Andes took ownership of Little Joy, located at 1477 Sunset Blvd.. The new proprietors are now furiously completing a full renovation in time for Dodgers Opening Day.
“It was originally a garage,” Fox tells FishbowlLA. “Then it became a pharmacy, and because of that, Joaquin and Don have found all this crazy pharmaceutical stuff, like cool old beakers. Since the 1960s, it has been a bar.”
Fox’s significant owner has worked as a bartender around Echo Park since he moved here from Oakland 13 years ago. Little Joy will have eight beers on tap and well-poured, solidly old-fashioned hard liquor drinks.
It’s one of those very strange stories: the weekend arrest in LA of Peter Murphy, lead singer of British rock band Bauhaus, following an alleged March 16 hit-and-run in Glendale.
Glendale News-Press public safety and courts reporter Veronica Rocha bas been busy catchingup to the details. There’s the bag of methamphetamine found in the cop car, which Murphy denies was his; there’s the idea that the lead singer of Bauhaus is taking anti-depression medication. And there’s also this, from today’s brief court hearing:
Fans who had hoped to catch a glimpse of the Goth rocker were disappointed when he didn’t make an appearance in [Los Angeles County Superior] court.