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By Jane Peters | Agent in Los Angeles, CA
  • Franco on Melrose, a Great new Italian Restaurant in L.A.

    If you are looking for a romantic evening out at an Italian restaurant that makes you feel that they value your business, then you must try Franco on Melrose, located at 6919 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90038.

    Franco on Melrose, a great new Italian restaurant in L.A.

    Franco was the Executive Chef at Biltmore Hotel, Downtown Los Angeles for six years.  In May 2011  he went back home to rest in Italy for two months and came back recharged.  He started consulting for couple of restaurants, and while looking online for used equipment for them, came  across an ad for a restaurant for sale.  He checked out the space on May 25, 2012, and on June 1st he signed contract.

    Franco redid the entire place cosmetically, including the kitchen in three-and-a-half weeks and reopened on July 5th.

    Franco on Melrose is a hidden Gem, full of life, and at the same time, cozy and welcoming. Romantic and kind of mysterious at the same time.  From the outside you don’t know what to expect.

    Franco designed the place to be relaxing and to make his patrons feel like are in their own homes;  able to step into their back yard, relax, and listen to music while indulging their palate with food and wine.  All accomplished without the intrusion of  traffic noise and pollution.

    Jaime’s dream was to become a dancer/choreographer, so left his home at the early age of 14 to move to Mexico City.  He “got into” one of the best dance schools at the time, Amalia Hernandez, by standing outside and watching how the teacher was training the students through the window.  He went on to become a dancer/teacher of traditional folkloric dance of  Mexico. At the age of 19 he opened his own school and had about 180 student from 5-20 years of age who toured all over Mexico.

    Jaime moved to the U.S. and when he arrived in Los Angeles, he auditioned for  The Lion King show at Disneyland .  He was one of two out of 225 who got the part, and he stayed under contract for four year.

    Long story short Franco and Jaime had a friend in common on Facebook where they got together.  It  all happened quickly, even the restaurant, with announcing one day that he had bought a restaurant and would start remodeling the next day.

    Franco and Jaime are a couple with values and who believe and family, so they want to make sure that every single person who comes through the door feels special and is treated like a family, not just like a customer spending money.

    Franco has a hotel background where guest services, and exceeding expectations and making the guest feel special is a must.  The restaurant business is a little different.  It is all about the tips.

    Franco and Jaime want people to know that there is a place in Los Angeles, where food is top quality, but more importantly they make their patrons feel special and where ambience, food and service are combined together like a perfect drink recipe.

  • Friends of L.A. Animal Shelters' Storefront at Westside Pavilion - L.A. Love & Leashes

    Posted Under: General Area in Los Angeles, Shopping & Local Amenities in Los Angeles, In My Neighborhood in Los Angeles  |  December 14, 2011 1:51 PM  |  2,123 views  |  1 comment

    Los Angeles has been hit hard by the economic downturn and Animal Services is one of the many departments whose financial resources have been severely cut.  Friends of L.A. Animal Shelters, a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to helping L.A.’s city animal shelters raises funds to provide veterinary care and innovative adoption programs for which the city shelters do not have funding. Their goal is to increase the live save rate of L.A.’s city animal shelters.L.A. Love & Leashes, Friends of L.A. Animal Shelters

    L.A. Love & Leashes is the first pet store that’s 100% dedicated to saving the lives of orphaned animals in Los Angeles city shelters. L.A. Love & Leashes is located in Westside Pavilion mall.

    The Grand Opening celebration is scheduled for Jan. 21, 2012, but since they wanted to be able to help find homes for animals before the holidays, they decided to open the store for adoptions during December even though it is not fully operating right now. Volunteers will be at the store most days from now until Christmas from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Dogs and cats from the city’s shelters are on-site and available for on-the-spot adoption.

    When the store is officially open the will also have pet supplies and merchandise so that visitors can shop for unique gift items for animal lovers. The proceeds will help this worthy cause.

    During their first open weekend  L.A. Love and Leashes found homes for 8 shelter animals.

    Friends of L.A. Animal Shelters’ new pet store “L.A. Love & Leashes” is an innovative way to increase adoptions.

    Friends of L.A. Animal Shelters is a volunteer-run nonprofit that receives no federal, state or local funding. All funding comes from the public who love L.A. and want to make a difference in the lives of the animals who need you the most. Please consider giving generously today.

    The mission statement:  Together, we can strive to fulfill the L.A. Animal Services’ vision of a day when every pet born is ensured a good home and care.

    How You Can Help:

    • The number one way you can help is by donating to help the animals who need you the most. You can mail us a check or pay online. Your gift is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
    • Shop and adopt at the store. Feel good knowing that every dollar you spend helps further their mission to support the city’s shelters.
    • Tell a friend about this new nonprofit and their need to help to raise awareness.
    • Connect with FriendsofLAAS on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

    With your help, we can make L.A. a better place for the kitties, dogs and critters who love us unconditionally.

    Buying or Selling Los Angeles Real Estate

    Buying or selling a Los Angeles home can be a daunting process in a city this size, especially if you’re new to L.A. Town. You’ll need a resident expert to show you around and help you narrow down the areas where you might like to live. I will help you find the perfect home in the right area to fit your lifestyle, budget and needs!

    When I list and sell Los Angeles homes for my clients I strive to make the experience a pleasant one. My mission is to provide outstanding service while utilizing the best practices and systems available.

    If you are an absentee owner, you’ll need someone to handle all the details that you can’t handle remotely. That’s where I come in – I’m there when you can’t be. I also specialize in lease property in Los Angeles.

    Westside Los Angeles Real Estate, including, but not limited to:

    For more information on how I can best serve your Los Angeles real estate needs, don’t hesitate to fill out the contact form or give me a call at 310-473-6919.



    Read more: http://www.homejane.com/love-and-leashes-helping-los-angeles-homeless-pets.html#ixzz1gY2ixW
  • Los Angeles Barking Dog Ordinance Amended. Keep Your Dog Quiet!

    Posted Under: General Area in Los Angeles, Shopping & Local Amenities in Los Angeles, In My Neighborhood in Los Angeles  |  November 3, 2011 10:50 AM  |  1,332 views  |  2 comments

    O.K. you Los Angeles dog lovers.  Love them but don't allow them to bark incessantly.Los Angeles Barking Dog Ordinance

    The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously yesterday to impose fines on owners of dogs who bark excessively.  What is excessively?  More than 10 minutes at a time or on and off for a 30-minute period.  This also applies to dogs not licensed by the City.

    Previously unlicensed dogs did not fall under the ordinance and this was considered unfair to the law-abiding owners who licensed theirs.

    How much are the fines?  $250 for a first offense, $500 for a second and $1,000 if aLos Angeles Department of Animal Services hearing decides that the barking is excessive.  Kaching!

    This amended ordinance is being sent to the Mayor who is expected to sign it.  If so, it will take effect before the end of the year.

    Buying or Selling Los Angeles Real Estate

    Buying or selling a Los Angeles home can be a daunting process in a city this size, especially if you're new to L.A. Town. You'll need a resident expert to show you around and help you narrow down the areas where you might like to live. I will help you find the perfect home in the right area to fit your lifestyle, budget and needs!

    When I list and sell Los Angeles homes for my clients I strive to make the experience a pleasant one. My mission is to provide outstanding service while utilizing the best practices and systems available.

    If you are an absentee owner, you'll need someone to handle all the details that you can't handle remotely. That's where I come in - I'm there when you can't be. I also specialize in lease property in Los Angeles.

    Westside Los Angeles Real Estate, including, but not limited to:

    For more information on how I can best serve your Los Angeles real estate needs, don't hesitate to fill out the contact form or give me a call at 310-473-6919.

 
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