Workers Prepare for Caruso Gala

Late-Night Caruso Preparations

A reader snapped this photo of the construction at Caruso’s Palisades Village on Swarthmore last night, September 19, around 11 p.m. There is a last-minute flurry of activity to not only get the landscaping completed in time for tonight’s gala, but also the stage and sound system in perfect working order for singer John Legend.

One reader speculated that people who live on the outskirts of the area bounded by Sunset, Swarthmore and Monument Streets may be able to hear Legend from their homes.

For neighbors who did not receive an invitation to the black-tie event, there will be free ice cream at a McConnell’s truck on Albright. There has been no response from City Inspector Ramirez if the fireworks are still set to end the event, which is supposed to run from 8 to 10 p.m.

Rich Wilken, who heads the local Fourth of July fireworks, was contacted about safety concerns. In a September 19 email, he replied that “Some smaller pyrotechnics, like used at concerts, need little safety fallout zones. A licensed pyrotechnician and a LAFD Fire Marshall are required to be on hand to insure safety rules are enforced.”

According to a Caruso employee, the Bay Theater will not open this weekend and the woman said it could take several months before the first movies are screened. Maybe part of the reason for the delay is the address.

The Cinepolis website lists the Bay Theater as 15225 Palisades Drive. Perhaps construction workers are still looking for the building that is actually located on Swarthmore.

City National Bank has leased the spot next to Fahi’s Skin and Wax Bar on Sunset, which leaves space for about nine additional stores to still be announced.

Stores that were previously announced to go in, but now will not be coming to the shopping center are max-bone, Miller’s Oath, Marysia and FdeiM by Madeo.

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2 Responses to Workers Prepare for Caruso Gala

  1. AG2001 says:

    Any word as to why those stores won’t be opening after all?

  2. Sue says:

    I contacted max-bone, via email and by phone, but no one has responded to my query about why that store won’t be opening.

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