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Man Arrested for Breaking into Restaurant, Stealing Alcohol

On Thursday, March 29 at 4:00 a.m., Burbank Police found a man suspiciously pushing a shopping cart full of beer and wine bottles in the area of Ontario and Pacific Avenue.

The man was found to have receipts from Isabella’s Italian Kitchen at 1220 W. Burbank Blvd. Police soon discovered that the restaurant had been burglarized, with the front door forced open. The alcohol from the shopping cart had come from the restaurant’s refrigerator.

Police arrested the suspect who has been identified as Saul Salazar, 31 of Bakersfield.

(Photo supplied by the Burbank Police Department)

Salazar was booked for burglary and three outstanding warrants.

The case is currently under review for charges. A charge for being in possession of stolen property is likely.

Salazar’s bail is $50,000 and he is due to appear in court tomorrow.

Luna Vine Wine Bar Soft Opens In Magnolia Park

After the requisite many, many months of hurdles and hoop jumping, Luna Vine Wine Bar opened its doors last Wednesday, January 29. While the grand opening is planned for February 20, the soft open has been busy already, as people flock to this new food, wine and nightlife option in Burbank.

Luna Vine built up buzz over the past year, hosting wine dinners and tastings around town, often in connection with the popular monthly Magnolia Park event Ladies Night Out.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Wine director Nick Caballero has put together an expansive selection of approximately 40 wines and five draught beers to accompany executive chef Wesley Pumphrey’s small menu of a variety of salads, meat and cheese plates, duck rillette, Kumamoto oysters, beet-cured hamachi, beef carpaccio, lamb meatballs and a dessert of pistachio biscotti with spiced chocolate.

Servers and diners alike have already been smitten with the daily bread from Wild Oats and the freshly-churned butter made in the kitchen from cream and chardonnay salt.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

While bigger plans and longer hours are in the works, currently the wine bar is open daily, Sunday through Thursday 4:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. and until midnight Friday and Saturday evenings.

The narrow, elongated space is all clean lines and refined color, touched with wood tables and chairs that look rough yet feel sleek. Bare bulbs and exposed rope and wire complete the rustic yet chic look. Luna Vine is located at 3206 W. Magnolia Blvd. in Magnolia Park.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)