Stories by Justin
Dining: Patina chooses Tokyo for the company’s first overseas outpost.
Dining: Patina Restaurant Group serves up its first overseas location in Tokyo after a special order from its largest shareholder.
Restaurateur’s latest concept brings chocolate to table as ingredient.
Dining: Umami’s Adam Fleischman braves new take on chicken: chocolate flavoring. 3
Unusual L.A. incubator hatches restaurants
Pizza maker Paul Hibler is launching the first venture out of an unusual restaurant incubator that he modeled on those of the tech world.
West Hollywood firm introduces dispenser that’s really cookin’.
Food: West Hollywood’s Box Brands makes the Burrito Box, an automated food kiosk that cooks $3 dollar burritos in under a minute. CEO Denis Koci says burritos are “sexy.”
Muffi Ghadiali, one of the founding members of Santa Monica video game console maker Ouya Inc. has left the company, according to website TechCrunch.
In his keynote address to the National Retail Federation’s Annual Convention & Expo on Saturday, developer Rick Caruso said the traditional American mall will soon disappear.
Retail: Niche-focused online furniture dealers work to click with Internet-cautious manufacturers.
Retail: Furniture dealers aim to cultivate online business while not driving off brick-and-mortar-focused manufacturers.
Hospitality ExecuStay acquisition opened door for Oakwood Worldwide.
Hospitality – Extended-stay pioneer Oakwood Worldwide sees its move into franchising as permanent.
Education: Mathnasium sees gap in students’ skills as plus for business.
Education – Mathnasium multiplies locations as college-hopeful students are increasingly put to the test.
Dining – John Tu feeds Chinese investors’ immigration hopes by helping them set up Italian eateries.
Jewish stores give way to burger places, hip-hop shops
Retail: Burger and streetwear shops in the Fairfax district have pulled up rents and pushed out some of the area’s Jewish merchants
Expansion: Seaside Luxe to add four resort shops before close of December.
Seaside Luxe, an operator of resort boutiques, is wrapping up the year with a rush of openings.
Retail: John Dawson to take CEO position at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.
Retail: Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf serves up doughnut veteran John Dawson as its new chief executive.
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has named John Dawson president and chief executive, replacing Mel Elias, who served in those roles for five years.
Internet: Report of TrueCar retaining pair of investment banks fuels talk.
TrueCar is subject of speculation that it may go public.
Lola Getts puts twist on Lululemon pants flap by touting plus-size wear
Lululemon’s CEO recently dissed wearers of plus-sized yoga pants, but Lola Getts rolls out the welcome mat for them.
Retail: Disney Store to seek ‘Magical’ returns with week of seasonal sales.
Retail: Disney Store chain looks to light up registers with a weeklong “Black Friday” run
Coffee: Upbeat analyst report helps light fire under Farmer Bros.’ stock.
Steve Watts opens Venice beachfront storefront to sell handplanes.
Retail: Steve Watts looks to shore up sales of Slyde Handboards with his new beachfront shop in Venice.
Dining: Petit Jardin offers seat at table to Bitcoin-bearing customers.
One West L.A. restaurant has been bitten by the Bitcoin bug.
APPAREL: Fera International looks beyond ski wear as snow sports fade.
Apparel: Fera International looks to take its new clothing line beyond the slopes as interest in skiing goes downhill.
APPAREL: The paper-preferring clothing industry may prove a tough fit for NuOrder’s digital ordering and inventory system
It’s hard to find a pen or paper at NuOrder Inc.’s West Hollywood offices. Its co-founders don’t want its biggest competitor hanging around.
Guarantee 3’s training device aims to score points with basketball players.
Sports: Dave Felkel promises net gains to basketball players who use his training harness.