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Downtown Burbank’s “The Rink” Officially Opens at Ribbon Cutting

On Friday, December 14, the City of Burbank hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the popular seasonal ice rink known as “The Rink,” located behind City Hall at 275 E. Olive Ave.

(Photo Courtesy Scott Talamantes)

The outdoor ice skating rink is 4,100 square-foot and can hold up to 165 skaters per session. For the next six weeks, it will be open for everyone to enjoy, with fundraising events, scheduled performances, and public skating.

Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy cut the ribbon after giving a short speech, stating that she hopes Burbank residents skate into the new year.

During the ceremony, young talented figure skaters from Pickwick Ice performed on the rink, skating to songs such as Christmastime, It’s Not Christmas, Winter Dreams, and a track from The Adams Family.

Among the skaters was Aubrey Ignaco who recently competed in the Pacific Coast Sectionals and won first place for the novice level. She will be advancing to compete in nationals this January.

“Hopefully she’ll go from there to the Olympics. At this point she can be invited to compete internationally,” said her father proudly.

(Photo by Tim Mably)

Shoko Tokuda, whose son skated as a part of an “Adams Family themed” trio, is excited to return to The Rink throughout the rest of December.

Conveniently located near the recently remodeled Burbank Town Center, locals have a festive activity to look forward to after buying presents.

For interested skaters, costs include $12 unlimited skating with no re-entry. Skate rentals are also provided for $5, and skating aids are $8.

The Rink is open from Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. It will continue to stay open to the public until Sunday, January 6, 2019.

Serial Ikea Mattress Thief Caught

Over the past several months, Burbank Police have been investigating a series of grand theft and burglary crimes with information provided by Ikea security and loss prevention officers.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

A suspect had been seen stealing mattresses from Ikea, often without being noticed, but other times by providing falsified documentation claiming he owned the products.

Burbank detectives identified the suspect and partnered with Ikea staff to monitor his visits, as he returned to the store several times.

On September 27, the suspect attempted to steal another mattress but was soon apprehended by police.

The suspect has been identified as Kevin Estrella, 23  with the occupation listed as a student living in Los Angeles.

The total estimated loss is valued at over $42,432.00.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

Estrella is currently out of custody after posting bond. Formal charges are now pending review by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Ikea is located at 600 South Ikea Way in Burbank.

Burbank Town Center Remodel Nearly Complete

This year, the $60 million renovations of the Burbank Town Center which started in January 2017 will finally be complete, with new stores, a brighter atmosphere, and a revamped food court among other refurbishments.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Visitors to the eighth largest mall in Los Angeles County have already noticed several new additions, including the renovated food court which has relocated from the third floor to the first floor. The modernized atmosphere has an improved seating area with USB compatible outlets and decorative lights.

“The new food court has a lot more seating available. It’s very spacious and it’s a lot more open. I think that’s one of the best changes they’ve made, moving the food court downstairs,“ said Atticus Bacchus, an employee of All Amusement Fun Center.

Although some restaurants have left the revitalized food court, several restaurants that were on the third level remain, such as Panda Express, Sbarro, and Mongolian Grill, which is coming soon.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

“Our goal is to introduce fresh new tenants to Burbank Town Center with an eye to making the dining terrace a go-to-place when visiting Burbank,” said Lance W. Taylor, director at CAPREF Burbank LLC, who has been overseeing the renovation of the mall.

Soon, there will be an outdoor dining terrace with a view toward Verdugo and west toward the Hollywood Hills. A new outdoor escalator will carry shoppers and diners to the space which faces the shops on San Fernando Blvd.

Two new entrances into the Burbank Town Center have been added to the east and west parking garages, allowing better circulation throughout the mall.

A grand staircase leading to an entrance into the mall has been made accessible on E. Magnolia Blvd.

New skylights throughout the mall, along with LED lighting and new flooring, provide a more energetic and positive shopping atmosphere than before.

Following AMC 8’s recent theatre remodel with reclining seats, stores such as New York & Co. and Vans have also been redesigned.

Burbank Town Center is currently home to 150 retail stores and soon, Cost Plus World Market will add to that number. The 17,000 sq ft store will be located on the first floor of the mall and is said to open in June or July.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Additional changes include the relocation of See’s Candy from across the hall to provide more room for H&M, which will be located on the second and third levels. The fast fashion retailer is expected to open around summer or during the fall.

In 2017, H&M was the highest ranked fashion outlet according to Forbes America’s Best Employers and made the list of “Best Companies to Work for in Fashion” for Business of Fashion. New stores such as H&M and Cost Plus will likely benefit the local economy in providing job opportunities and better shopping experiences.

“With the $60 million mall renovation nearing completion and the addition of these new tenants, we are seeing increased activity from national and local retailers interested in calling Burbank Town Center home and we anticipate additional retailer announcements this year,” said Taylor.

Such new additions are enticing locals who are used to doing their shopping online or in other cities.

“The updates to the mall are exciting as it will bring about a much-needed change and update to the area. Many people drive to Glendale for stores like H&M and Cost Plus, so it will be great that their tax dollars will be staying here in Burbank,” said Wes Taylor, a resident of Downtown Burbank.

Although many new shops are coming to the mall, several stores that have become favorites in the community remain. LA County’s last mall arcade, the “All Amusement Fun Center” which has been in business for 24 years, has been relocated from the first floor to the third floor after it was nearly closed in 2017. In response to community outcry, owners Jim and Susan Rowton collaborated with Lance Taylor to find a suitable new location and were able to keep the arcade open while adding several new games.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

On March 3, the All Amusement Fun Center hosted a community event, allowing visitors to play games, get their faces painted, and have balloon animals made— all free of charge.

New resting stations with USB compatible outlets give shoppers downtime to sit and relax between stores. For young families, there are two new play areas which provide a chance for parents to monitor their kids as they take a break from shopping.

Recently added Tesla Superchargers are located on the top of the Burbank Town Center parking garage at 495 North Third St. The station, which allows drivers to charge their cars much quicker than at home, is among the largest in the country, with 20 public-access stalls at the rate of $0.20 per kilowatt hour.

On the third level near Sears, interactive murals were recently installed by students from Burbank High, Providencia Elementary, Brett Hart Elementary, and Jordan Middle School. The murals feature illustrations encouraging shoppers to pose and take part in the images to share on social media.

Burbank Town Center is located at 201 East Magnolia Blvd.

Burbank Arcade Welcomes All

On Saturday, March 3, the All Amusement Fun Center at Burbank Town Center hosted an event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. allowing visitors to get their face painted, request balloon animals, and play an unlimited amount of arcade games— all free of charge.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

After 24 years, owners Jim and Susan Rowton are thankful for the continued influx of customers, especially since the arcade was nearly closed last year in light of the mall’s refurbishments.

Relocated from the first floor to the third floor, the All Amusement Fun Center has taken on a brighter energy and a more inviting ambiance. While many of the arcade’s games come from the previous location, half of the games are brand new. Recent additions include claw machine games, which allow patrons to play until they win a stuffed animal.

“People love that and it’s a beautiful new concept that is part of what’s called a fair play initiative that’s started in the industry and something we embraced immediately,” said Jim Rowton. “We love giving back to people. The more you give them, the more you win their business and the more you win their trust, and that’s what we’re all about.”

Among the arcade’s most popular games, racing games linked online allow patrons to compete against other gamers across the world.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

Rowton also recognizes the arcade as an opportunity to show hospitality to the disabled and mentally impaired.

“We love the fact that they entrust us and feel comfortable here. It really touches us, that families come here and their kids can have a slice of normalcy and enjoy things that others of us take for granted.”

While some arcades might showcase lackluster prizes for patrons saving up their tickets, Rowton has worked hard to stock the best quality prizes for customers. From stuffed animals to Star Wars themed wallets among other items, the display case has something of interest for gamers of all ages.

“One of the things we’re most proud about is our merchandise. We work hard to shop for the community and be astute and expert buyers so we can put prizes out there that people can win easily,” said Rowton.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

If a gamer is a few tickets short of the cost of a prize, a claw machine gives them the chance to win 30 to a thousand tickets to meet their goal.

“We try to be very generous about giving back to people. It’s been one of the things that made us successful over the years.”

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

When Los Angeles County’s last mall arcade nearly closed in 2017, the community spoke up and made it known that Rowton’s business holds a special place in their lives. With the help of Lance W. Taylor, director at CAPREF Burbank LLC, who has been overseeing the renovation of the Burbank Town Center, the arcade’s closure was avoided. Instead, the Rowtons collaborated with Taylor so that the All Amusement Fun Center would be relocated and refurbished.

“Special marketing events like this one, with a generational tenant like All Amusement, help connect the community with our tenants, and give them a reason to visit the new Burbank Town Center. We hope their experience gives them a new perspective and makes them want to come back to both All Amusement and the mall,” said Taylor.

Police Find Stolen Car, Arrest Suspects for Fraud and Narcotics

On the night of Saturday, February 24, the Burbank Police graveyard team discovered a stolen vehicle on San Fernando Rd. across from the Burbank Town Center.

(Photo Courtesy Burbank Police Department)

Upon inspecting the car, police recovered stolen IDs, credit cards, mail, keys to mailboxes, counterfeit

(Photo Courtesy Burbank Police Department)

money, credit card scanners, and narcotics.

Police arrested both occupants of the vehicle, one male, and one female.

This is the second arrest made this week related to narcotics and fraud. However, it seems to be unrelated to the incident which occurred on February 22.

Neither of the suspects’ identities has been released.

The Information gathered for this story has been supplied by Burbank Police Department’s Social Media accounts.

 

 

(Photo Courtesy Burbank Police Department)

Ice Skating Rink Returns in Downtown Burbank

Downtown Burbank’s most festive holiday tradition will return for outdoor ice skating, fundraising events, and special performances at The Rink in Downtown Burbank from Thursday, December 14, 2017 through Sunday, January 7, 2018. A great way to celebrate the holidays, The Rink in Downtown Burbank is just steps away from more than 400 shops and restaurants, and the recently renovated Burbank Town Center.

Located next to Burbank City Hall at the corner of Third Street and Orange Grove Avenue in Downtown Burbank, hours of operation will be 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily, extended to 11:30 PM on Friday and Saturday nights. Cost is $10 for unlimited skating (no re-entry), plus $6 skate rental and $8 Bobby the Seal or Tommy the Reindeer Skating Aid rental.

Special events on the ice this year include:

OPENING DAY SPECIAL: Thursday, December 14 –  $10 unlimited skating all day, along with free skate rental (promotion for Burbank residents only).

LEARN TO SKATE: Skating lessons will be every Saturday. Cost will include skate rental, plus the first skating session when the Rink opens to the public at 10:00 AM. Lessons are from 9:00 AM to 9:25 AM for kids (5yrs-15yrs) and from 9:25 AM to 9:50 AM for adults (16yrs & older).

CURLING POP-UP:  Sundays from December 24 to January 7, Learn to Curl with Hollywood Curling, from 9:00 AM to 9:50 AM. Admission is $15.

GETTING HERE: Go Metro! Receive $1 off admission purchase at The Rink for Metro Tap card holders. Take the Metro Local Line 96 to Olive/Glenoaks. It’s a 2-minute walk from there, southeast toward E Olive Avenue. Plan your trip on metro.net or call 323.GO.METRO (323.466.3876).

On Saturdays from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM, be sure to visit Downtown Burbank’s weekly Farmer’s Market in the parking lot behind the Community Services building.  Free parking is available at numerous structures in Downtown Burbank. For details, please visit www.DTNBUR.com

For further information on the Rink, the public is asked to please email therinkindowntownburbank@gmail.com, or call 818.806.8551. Like the Rink at www.facebook.com/rinkindowntownburbank!

Burbank Beer Festival Returns to Downtown Burbank

Downtown Burbank is proud to bring the Burbank Beer Festival back on Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Burbank Beer Festival will take over the streets of Downtown Burbank for one day this October, and will feature a monumental fall street fair as well as tastings of over 85 craft beers on tap from scores of different breweries including Absolution Brewing Co.Angel City BreweryFigueroa Mountain BrewingSaint Archer BreweryPortland Cider CompanyEagle Rock BreweryKarl Strauss Brewing CompanyMacLeod Ale Brewing Co.Island Brewing CompanyThe Bloody CureBallast PointStone Brewing Co. and Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Burbank Beer Festival will feature two sessions of craft beer sampling: 12:00 – 3:00 pm or 4:00 – 7:00 pm.

The street fair portion of the Burbank Beer Festival will take over several blocks of Downtown Burbank, transforming San Fernando Boulevard into a colorful outdoor street fair. Entertainment will include live musical performances on the main stage throughout the day. Live bands to be announced.

As with any good street fair, food will be widely available to purchase throughout the festival. With more than 100 restaurants in Downtown Burbank, there will be plenty of variety to choose from, from snacks to fast casual and fine dining experiences. Also making a presence will be dozens of local merchants, displaying and offering artisanal craft goods such as handmade jewelry, accessories and clothing, supplementing the many existing retailers on San Fernando Boulevard. For more information on Downtown Burbank and to make restaurant reservations, please visit www.DTNBUR.com.

Entry to the Fall Street Fair is free and open to the public. Tickets to the beer tasting areas can be purchased for $45 online or at the door while supplies last. Tickets include a tasting glass and 3-ounce samples of over 85 craft beers. Individuals must be 21 years of age or older with a valid ID to enter the festival’s sampling blocks and to consume alcohol. Attendees are encouraged to make a night of it by staying at a Burbank hotel. For more information and to reserve a room, please visit www.BurbankBeerFestival.com

The Burbank Beer Festival is truly unique; a massive celebration of craft beer that will canvas several blocks at the heart of Downtown Burbank, transforming San Fernando Boulevard into an outdoor street festival. This exciting event will showcase over 85 ice-cold craft beers on tap, live musical performances, vendors, and more!

Outdoor Skating Will Return to Downtown Burbank

Downtown Burbank’s most festive holiday tradition returns for outdoor ice skating, fundraising events, and special performances at The Rink in Downtown Burbank. The fun begins December 10, 2015 and runs through January 3, 2016.

Transforming the corner of N 3rd Street and E Orange Grove Avenue into a magical winter wonderland, skaters of all ages will enjoy $10 unlimited skating on the ice with friends and family.

A great way to celebrate the holidays, The Rink in Downtown Burbank is just steps away from hundreds of shops and restaurants decked out for the holiday season, making it a joyful family outing and memorable getaway. Admission is $10.00, skate rentals are $4.00, and Bobby the Seal rentals are $6.00.  

Learn to Skate classes taught by Pickwick Ice Center instructors on Saturdays are $20 including lesson, skate rental, and same day session. 9:00 AM to 9:25 AM will be dedicated for kids (5 to 15 years old), and 9:25 AM 9:50 AM will be for adults (16 years old and above).

Free parking is available at numerous structures in Downtown Burbank. For details, please visit www.DTNBUR.com.

On Saturdays from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM, be sure to visit Downtown Burbank’s weekly Farmer’s Market in the parking lot behind the Community Services building.

For further information, the public is asked to please call (818) 238-5180 or visit www.DTNBUR.com.

Burbank Beer Festival Coming to Downtown Burbank Saturday

Downtown Burbank is proud to be hosting the inaugural Burbank Beer Festival on Saturday, October 17, 2015. A first of its kind, the Burbank Beer Festival will celebrate the arrival of the autumn season, local business and of course, refreshing craft beers.

The Burbank Beer Festival will take over the streets of Downtown Burbank for one day and will feature a monumental fall street fair as well as tastings of over 85 craft beers on tap from scores of different breweries including Absolution Brewing Co., Angel City Brewery, Figueroa Mountain Brewing, Saint Archer Brewery, Portland Cider Company, Eagle Rock Brewery, Karl Strauss Brewing Company, MacLeod Ale Brewing Co., Island Brewing Company, The Bloody Cure, Ballast Point, Stone Brewing Co. and Firestone Walker Brewing Co.. Burbank Beer Festival will feature two sessions of craft beer sampling: 12:00 – 3:00 pm or 4:00 – 7:00 pm.

beer festival2The street fair portion of the Burbank Beer Festival will take over several blocks of Downtown Burbank, transforming San Fernando Boulevard into a colorful outdoor street fair. Entertainment will include live musical performances on the main stage throughout the day. Confirmed bands include SayReal, an exciting combination of meaningful lyrics and a vibration of reggae and rock, and The Bomb, a Santa Barbara based band with R&B beginnings that now features a variety of musical talents to get the audience dancing and moving.

As with any good street fair, food will be widely available to purchase throughout the festival. With more than 100 restaurants in Downtown Burbank, there will be plenty of variety to choose from, from snacks to fast casual and fine dining experiences. Also making a presence will be dozens of local merchants, displaying and offering artisanal craft goods such as handmade jewelry, accessories and clothing, supplementing the many existing retailers on San Fernando Boulevard. For more information on Downtown Burbank and to make restaurant reservations, please visit www.DTNBUR.com.

To encourage a comfortable and relaxing end to the evening, Burbank Beer Festival has partnered with 7 local hotels to offer special packages for the weekend. Hotel partners include Safari Inn, Coast Anabelle Hotel, Holiday Inn Burbank Media Center, Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport, Courtyard by Marriott Los Angeles/Burbank Airport, Hotel Amarano and SpringHill Suites Los Angeles Burbank/Downtown. All packages include a pair of tickets to the Burbank Beer Festival on Saturday, October 17. In addition, there will be a shuttle service connecting the event site with the hotels during the festival.

Entry to the Fall Street Fair is free and open to the public. Tickets to the beer tasting areas can be purchased for $40 online or at the door while supplies last. Tickets include a tasting glass and 3-ounce samples of over 85 craft beers. Individuals must be 21 years of age or older with a valid ID to enter the festival’s sampling blocks and to consume alcohol. For more information, please visit www.BurbankBeerFestival.com.

Tender Greens Hits A High Mark In Burbank

With its emphasis on local and sustainable ingredients, friendly service and healthy plates, Tender Greens’ newly-opened location in Downtown Burbank seems to get it all correct, right out of the gate.

Lunchtime can be especially busy anywhere in Burbank and a recent weekday in Downtown Burbank was no exception. While the Tender Greens order line stretched to the sidewalk entrance, it did move rather quickly. After a 15 minute wait, we had ordered. We were sitting at our table and eating lunch, just five minutes later.

Tender Greens' Chipotle BBQ chicken salad is filling and delicious. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Tender Greens’ Chipotle BBQ chicken salad is hearty and delicious. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Our wait was made a little easier with the wandering host, who approached everyone in line and answered questions about how the restaurant services and menu options work. Plenty of seating was available in the nearly 2400 square foot dining area and tables were checked and kept clean by several roaming employees.

With options ranging from tender marinated steak, to chicken grilled, barbecued or fried, to wild-caught Pacific Albacore tuna and roasted and grilled hearty vegetables like corn and zucchini, there are plenty of main dishes to choose from for the omnivore to the vegan. Daily specials from entrees to sides and soups are also available.

The Happy Vegan salad looked amazing, with farro wheat, quinoa, hummus, tabbouleh, lettuces, cranberry, hazlenuts, cucumber and tomato.

Steak sandwich on ciabatta bread with roasted red peppers and aioli, along with a side of buttery mashed potatoes. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Steak sandwich on ciabatta bread with roasted red peppers and aioli, along with a side of buttery mashed potatoes. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The Falafel salad was stupendous. The fried falafel balls were green and fragrant inside and very filling. Complemented by a fresh and cool yogurt dressing, lightly toasted pita and gem lettuces along with cucumber and tomato, this dish was not just healthy but delicious.

The Chipotle BBQ Chicken salad was also fantastic. Pieces of flavorful, tender chicken, fresh romaine lettuces, avocado, queso fresco, tortilla strips and onion were mixed with a light cliantro-lime dressing, making each bite a surprise and delight.

I rarely order a salad without finding a least some wilted or turned lettuce in the batch. Every leaf on our plates at Tender Greens was crisp and fresh. I also really enjoyed the addition of a favorite cheese like queso fresco to the dish.

Falafel salad with red gem lettuces, tomato, cucumber, red onion, parsley and a yogurt dressing. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Falafel salad with red gem lettuces, tomato, cucumber, red onion, parsley and a yogurt dressing. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

For those who just want something more American-traditional, Tender Greens has steak, crispy fried chicken and mashed potatoes. The Backyard Marinated Steak sandwich, served on light ciabatta bread spread with aioli and roasted red peppers, was juicy and extremely tender. The side of mashed potatoes was an explosion of buttery goodness down to the last mouthful.

Tender Greens' dessert case features fruity sweets, gluten-free options and chocolate cake. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Tender Greens’ dessert case features fruity sweets, gluten-free options and chocolate cake. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

While the price point is a bit pricey, at $11.50 per regular plate or salad, the amount of food served is plenty for one person. Smaller salads, soups and desserts are also available along with teas, agua frescas, sodas, coffee, water, beer and wine.

Although we couldn’t possibly eat another bite after this first meal at Tender Greens, we were sorely tempted by the colorful dessert case.

Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes, Vegan Blackberry Agave Cupcakes, Blueberry muffins, a multi-layer chocolate cake with white frosting, gluten-free peanut butter cookie sandwich filled with grape jelly, blueberry homemade Pop tarts and more sweets awaited. We plan to return just for a sweet snack sometime soon.

Airy, bright and sleek, Tender Greens can seat a lot of customers inside its nearly 2400 square feet of dining space. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Air, bright and sleek, Tender Greens can seat a lot of customers inside its huge dining space. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

A meal for three, with simply tap water to drink, cost about $37 including tax. Tender Greens is not a cheap dining-out option, but for the quality of the food, the menu prices seem reasonable.

The steak and chicken, according to the menu, while not certified organic, are raised hormone- and antibiotic-free. The vegetables and lettuces are from nearby farms in Ventura County and from throughout California, and are organic when possible.

We were in and out of the restaurant in under an hour. The place was clean, cheerful and enjoyable, with a few large community tables and many tables for two to four people.

Tender Greens gets a Tops In Town for serving up vibrant, flavorful meals that are also healthy. The restaurants’ nod to the farm-to-table movement is an admirable tack. Tender Greens is a terrific addition to Downtown Burbank and we expect to become regulars.

Restaurant Info: Tender Greens Burbank is located at 325 N. San Fernando Road, Burbank, CA  91501. 818-333-8340. Open Sunday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Tender Greens receives: Tops In Town

myBurbank Ratings:
Tops In Town (Outstanding)
On The Marquee (Really Good)
Could Use A Rewrite (Average or Slightly Below)
Don’t Quit Your Day Job (Roadkill)