Author: Joe Piasecki

Car Strikes Scooter Rider in Playa del Rey During High-Speed Police Chase

By Gary Walker A multi-city car chase that crossed three counties and saw the driver slam into a man riding a Bird scooter in Playa del Rey before leading police on a mad dash through Orange County ended hours later with an afternoon arrest in San Diego County. The pursuit began in Culver City after police officers tried to pull over a red Honda Accord just before 11:30 a.m. at Washington Boulevard. The suspect then sped away, racing through surface streets and crisscrossing Westside communities of Westchester and Playa del Rey as Culver City police notified LAPD Pacific Division...

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Hal’s Bar & Grill is Suddenly Out of Business

The iconic Hal’s Bar & Grill has gone out of business, shuttering its locations in Playa Vista and Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice this morning. Notes on the doors of both restaurants state that the business in liquidating and instruct employees to meet in Playa Vista this afternoon to settle final paychecks. The mood inside the building was a mix of shock and sadness, as the surprise closure comes about a month after the restaurant hired a new executive chef and rebooted its dinner menu. The restaurant’s owners could not be immediately reached for comment. Hal’s original Abbot Kinney...

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Trader Joe’s is Heading to the Marina

By Gary Walker After months of stop and go negotiations, grocery store chain Trader Joe’s has confirmed that they will be part of the new boating and commercial complex Pier 44 in Marina del Rey. “The store will be located at 4575 Admiralty Way and will have an approximately 10,800 square-foot sales floor,” confirmed Trader Joe’s spokeswoman Rachel Broderick to The Argonaut on Dec. 19. Broderick did not offer any additional details about the new store, seen as the linchpin of the soon- to -be revitalized 13-acre parcel at the corner of Admiralty and Mindanao ways. Pacific Marine Ventures...

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Magic in the Kitchen

Get schooled in holiday baking this December By Jessica Koslow “’Tis the season,” announces Chef Clémence Gossett, co-owner and head pastry chef at The Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories, as she welcomes us into its state-of-the-art kitchen on the third floor of Santa Monica Place. It’s a cliché as old as time. But when it comes to holiday baking, well, ’tis really the season. It’s the time of year when Candyland ceases to be just a child’s board game and becomes the world in which we live — a world of sweets. It’s a time of family gatherings,...

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Teens Arrested in Westchester Double-Murder

Sisters were found shot to death inside burning Westchester apartment; police suspect domestic violence By Gary Walker The joint FBI-LAPD Fugitive Task Force has arrested two teenage boys in connection with the murder of two sisters found shot to death after their apartment was set on fire last Saturday. Firefighters discovered the victims — identified as sisters Sierra Brown, 16, and Uniek Souvinette, 27, on an online fundraising page benefitting their children, listed as 7 years, 6 years and 10 months old — while responding to a fire in their upstairs unit of The Madrid Apartments at 8655 Belford...

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