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ENGINE CO. NO. 28 GARNISHES 78TH HOLLYWOOD BOWL SEASON WITH GOURMET PICNIC MEALS

Leading The Los Angeles Restaurant Scene In Internet Ordering Service, Engine Co. No 28 Offers Complete Online Menu

LOS ANGELES -- The combination of fine food and spectacular music garnishes this summer's entertainment line-up as Engine Co. No. 28 conducts custom-made picnic meals perfect for an evening at the Hollywood Bowl. Engine Co. No. 28, selected by the Los Angeles Times as "American Food At Its Best," is launching a specially-designed menu this summer for gourmet picnic meals designed to serve at any outdoor occasion.

Menu viewing and ordering is available via the restaurant's Web site, by telephone or by stopping in to the restaurant located at 644 South Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles.

The Web site, www.engineco.com, offers visitors a complete picnic dinner menu accompanied with an order form to fill out and fax in to the restaurant.

"For many people who work during the day and don't have time to cook, ordering a complete dinner on line is a quick and easy option," said General Manager of Engine Co. No. 28, Ryan Sage. "As long as an order is in before 3 p.m. on the day of the request, we can accommodate it."

The menu features a variety of appetizers, entrees and desserts to chose from with prices around $22. Highlights include appetizers such as grilled garlic bread with Tapenade and grilled asparagus salad with buffalo, mozzarella and pesto; entrees such as southern style picnic chicken with cole slaw, grilled steak sandwich on a demi baguette and assorted grilled summer vegetables with three dipping sauces; and desserts such as double chocolate layer cake, pecan pie and N.Y. style cheesecake.

"With thousands of music enthusiasts attending concerts during the 79th annual Hollywood Bowl season, picnic dinners from Engine Co. No. 28 will enrich evenings full of opera, Broadway, pops and classical music," Sage said. Each dinner comes with dining utensils, bread and butter and any necessary wine glasses, according to Sage.

Engine Co. No. 28 opened in 1988 but is rich with history. It occupies the ground level of a one-time, four-story firehouse, a historical landmark built in 1912. At that time, it was Los Angeles' most expensive fire station. Although the firehouse no longer exists, an updated rendition of it still lingers. Engine Co. No. 28 boasts a red brick floor, an 18-foot-high pressed tin ceiling, a granite bar and mahogany booths covered in designer fabrics. A mix of the past and the present form the unique décor. The restaurant contains the original firehouse's brick floor and the slate-step stairway, which now leads to a new mezzanine-level. Remaining on the walls is the original green Italian tile, covered mostly by removable wood paneling to which the dining booths are attached. The white pressed tin ceiling has been fully restored.

One firepole remains toward the rear of the restaurant and antique firefighting equipment and enlarged fire station related vintage photos decorate the room. One set of the building's original metal doors remains in place, propped open permanently, providing access to either the restaurant or the building's lobby.

The restaurant offers a wide range of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers, steaks, pastas, fresh seafood dishes and a variety of vegetarian items. The menu is priced a la carte. Entrees range from $7.95 for a small cobb salad to $21.95 for a 14 ounce dry aged New York steak. Appetizers and salads begin at $3.95 and go up to $8.95.

Lunch parking is available at the Home Savings garage on Lebanon St., and valet parking is provided nightly. Engine Co. No. 28 is open Monday through Friday for Express Breakfast from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m., lunch is served from 11:15 a.m. and dinner is served until 9 p.m. Dinner beginning at 5 p.m. is offered on Saturday and Sunday. For more information on Engine Co. No. 28, please call 213-624-6996 or visit the web site at www.engineco.com.

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