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Slice of History Fuels Food Fest

Forty eateries to cook up tribute to Pasadena as home of cheeseburger.

Culinary event looks to beef up Pasadena’s claim as the birthplace of the cheeseburger.

Court Hits Pause on Judgment Stripping Real Estate Developer of Nine Properties

An appellate court agreed Tuesday to temporarily halt a trial court’s order stripping control of nine multifamily buildings from Santa Monica developer Neil Shekhter and his NMS Properties Inc. until the judicial panel examines the case more closely.

Hotel Happy Rivals Checking in to Hollywood

Some new competitors are coming to the neighborhood of the W Hollywood, but the hotel’s general manager is welcoming them, their restaurants, and shops with open arms.

Hanjin Shipping Inks Deal to Sell Port of Long Beach Terminal

Hanjin Shipping Co. has signed a contract to sell its stake in the largest terminal at the Port of Long Beach to Mediterranean Shipping Co. A South Korean court announced the sale Tuesday, the Yonhap News Agency and the Wall Street Journal reported.

Panda Express Imports Japanese Barbecue to Hacienda Heights

The parent corporation of the Chinese fast-food chain Panda Express opened the first international branch of sit-down Taiwanese restaurant YakiYan in Hacienda Heights this week.

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Service Commits To Giving Back

David Sobie’s company handles in-person dropoffs of returns for e-tailers.

David Sobie looks to give back to e-tailers through his in-person return service.

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Port Traffic Up at Los Angeles, Down at Long Beach

The effects of the Hanjin shipping line bankruptcy continue to roil the county’s ports as cargo container traffic rose 24 percent last month to record levels at the Port of Los Angeles, but fell 14 percent at the Port of Long Beach, both ports reported Wednesday.

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Floravere Hitches Wedding Gowns to Online Sales Strategy

INTERNET: Engaged Online

Floravere looks to retailor the wedding dress business through online sales.

Cadiz Closes Public Offering; Raises $10.6 Million in Working Capital

Cadiz Inc., the Los Angeles company that’s trying to build a water storage and conveyance project in the Mojave Desert, announced Tuesday that it has closed a public offering that netted $10.6 million in working capital. Separately, the company announced a refinancing of $43 million in senior debt that extends the maturity date two years until September 2019.

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Chinese Food Pioneers Fill Plate

DINING: Cherngs feed growth plan with diverse investments.

Panda Express’ Cherng family has looked beyond Chinese fare to heat up growth prospects.

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Commercial Kitchens Turn Into Hot Properties

FOOD: Facility operators look to feast on expansion as businesses get cooking.

A boom in cooking ventures has commercial kitchen operators whipping up expansion plans.

Judge Rules Santa Monica Developer Forged Documents in Real Estate Dispute

A judge ruled Tuesday to sanction prominent Santa Monica developer Neil Shekhter after an eight-day hearing showed the real estate mogul forged documents, destroyed evidence, and committed perjury in connection to a dispute over a joint apartment complex venture.

Dairy Queen Plans L.A. Expansion of Its Quick-Service Restaurant Concept

Dairy Queen is sweet on Los Angeles. The 76-year-old Minneapolis ice cream maker is planning on opening 50 to 60 stores in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Orange counties in the next decade. It would be a significant step up from the brand’s 98 locations in California. The L.A. move is part of Dairy Queen’s nationwide push of its quick-service restaurant concept DQ Grill and Chill, which includes new locations and conversions of existing stores. Started in 2002, the restaurant has a menu with burgers and chicken sandwiches that the company hopes can compete with Jack in the Box and Burger King.

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Bike Shop Banker Supply Steers Clear of Racing, Expensive Big Brands.

CYCLING: Gear Shift

Banker Supply settled on Los Angeles to peddle its more casual and cheaper take on bikes.

USC Debuts New Transnational Law Center

USC’s Gould School of Law has launched a new center aimed at training attorneys to navigate an increasingly complex global business economy. The USC Center for Transnational Law and Business is led by director Brian Peck, who previously served as deputy director of international affairs and business development for Gov. Jerry Brown and has worked as a USC adjunct professor for the past seven years. The center will focus on teaching new generations of attorneys how to navigate international trade and compliance policies, and will bring together trade and business law and policy to discover better ways for companies to conduct business across borders, said Peck.