David “Sleepy Eyed Dave” Letchworth, a central figure in the South Bay bar and restaurant business, dating back to the Pier 52 and Schlumpfelder’s bars he owned in downtown Hermosa Beach in the early 1970s, passed away March 7, at age 78. His memorial service is Sunday, May 7 at his former Poncho and Wong’s restaurant in King Harbor.
Lou Giovanetti and his Big Band help turn Hermosa Pier Plaza into the South Bay’s answer to Times Square on New Year’s eve. New Year’s celebrations for every age and price will be held throughout the Beach Cities.
A change of courses HT Grill unveils a new menu that challenges expectations. by Richard Foss I have been told by people who are experts in such things that the pattern of taste buds on your tongue is as individual as your fingerprints or retinal pattern. Along with the chemistry of your saliva, this affects […]
Bazille, tucked away inside Nordstroms, is a hidden gem
The South Bay has had a fair number of restaurants themed around art, including eateries named after Picasso, Matisse, Boccaccio, and other painters ancient and modern. This is usually an excuse to decorate the place for the appropriate century, hang a few impressionists or old masters, and get to the more important business of ordering […]
by Richard Foss A few years ago I took a trip through Germany and overdosed on baroque art. At first I was enchanted with finding details within details in paintings that sprawled across walls, but after a few days the blizzard of intricacy became fatiguing. I tried to imagine the mind of the craftsman who […]
by Richard Foss You don’t have to have lived in the South Bay very long to realize how completely our restaurant scene has changed. I have a better perspective on this than most people, because I have been writing about the area for over thirty years and can look back at any given year. Just […]
We were halfway through lunch when I was transfixed by an astonishing display of grace and athleticism. An ice dancer glided across the rink in a wide arc and then performed a dazzling series of leaps and spins. Some of the people watching gasped, while others who were used to the spectacle murmured or nodded […]
The rebellion isn’t beginning at Rebel Republic Social House, and that’s just fine [RESTAURANT REVIEW]
by Richard Foss Try imagining what Star Wars would have been like with Darth Vader as the hero. He must have been, to somebody, because all those guys in white armor kept obeying his orders despite the fact that they must have had much higher insurance premiums as a consequence. (Somehow the Empire doesn’t seem […]
Authentic Mexican cuisine comes to the Del Amo Fashion Center I have expectations for good Mexican restaurants, and for mall Mexican restaurants, and there isn’t a lot of crossover between the two. The good Mexican restaurants are usually small and family-owned, and often the décor consists of Mexican flags, beer ads, and travel posters. Mall […]