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Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse General Manager Janette Han, LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce President Christina Davis, Fred Sutton of L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin’s office and Meals on Wheels West Executive Director Chris Baca toast the opening of Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Marina del Rey during the restaurant’s “steak cutting” ceremony on Nov. 17.

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Compiled by Michael Aushenker Openings Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse celebrated the grand opening of its new Marina del Rey restaurant on Nov. 17 with an official “steak cutting” and a $2,500 donation presented to Meals on Whee...


The historic Culver Hotel has rebooted its second-floor bar as the Prohibition-era inspired Velvet Lounge

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Compiled by Michael Aushenker   OPENINGS Popular Midwest fast-service restaurant chain Steak ‘n Shake has followed East Coasters Dunkin’ Donuts in setting up shop in Santa Monica, opening its first franchise in Los Ang...


Minnie T’s has moved from Abbot Kinney Boulevard to 1624 Ocean Park Blvd. in Santa Monica

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Compiled by Michael Aushenker OPENINGS ULTA Beauty opened its doors in Marina del Rey on Sept. 19 with a celebration that included free giveaways. The new location at Marina Marketplace features 20,000 beauty products, 4,000 te...



Daniel Rolnik, who curated the bG Gallery’s Ultimate Beach exhibit in July, now has the keys to the building after taking over the lease from bG’s Airom Bleicher; he launches the Daniel Rolnik Gallery on Sept. 18

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OPENINGS AIKA Trading celebrated the grand opening of a flagship urban cycling store in Santa Monica on Aug. 16. The 2300 Lincoln Blvd. shop showcases top European cycling designs and accessories, including Royal Dutch Gazelle ...


The Candy Bar Hookah Shoppe offers a touch of class

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a monthly dispatch of interesting business news OPENINGS Maria’s Italian Kitchen opened its first Maria’s Pronto, a new quick-serve restaurant concept, on July 21 at 4248 Lincoln Blvd. in Marina del Rey. Maria’s Pronto fe...


Hotel MdR celebrated renovations and the opening of its new restaurant last week

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Compiled by Allie Teaze OPENINGS Hotel MdR and its new restaurant, Barbianca Local Kitchen, celebrated a ribbon cutting and grand opening party on June 26. The newly remodeled Hotel MdR is dog-friendly, and Barbianca is an indo...



Edward Webster (center), a formerly homeless veteran now back to work, poses with JVS account executive Patti Howard and JVS Veterans First Program manager Anthony Rodriquez during the May 8 Strictly Business L.A. lunch

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Compiled by Allie Teaze and Joe Piasecki OPENINGS An ambitious four-in-one restaurant concept operated by star chef Brooke Williamson and husband Nick Roberts, Playa Provisions is now partially open in the former Tower 42 at 11...


Active Barbers celebrated its grand opening in Santa Monica with a ribbon cutting, champagne toast, classic car rally and the release of two dozen doves

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OPENINGS Locali Venice, a 7-Eleven meets Whole Foods quick-service deli and market that specializes in vegan and organic foods, celebrates its grand opening today with a tasting party from 5 to 8 p.m. that includes a 6 p.m. rib...


Children’s Hospital Los Angeles physicians and trustees joined Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce members to celebrate the March 11 grand opening of the hospital’s new outpatient care center in Santa Monica

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OPENINGS Children’s Hospital Los Angeles physicians and trustees joined Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce members to celebrate the March 11 grand opening of the hospital’s new outpatient care center in Santa Monica. The pedi...



James Glenn, general manager of the new Dave and Buster’s at Howard Hughes Promenade, 
tests his Mario Kart prowess during the restaurant/arcade’s Feb. 18 grand opening celebration

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OPENINGS Dave & Buster’s celebrated the grand opening of its new location at Howard Hughes Promenade on Feb. 18. The new 42,000-square-foot restaurant and arcade is the nation’s second-largest Dave and Buster’s (afte...






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