Hasan Kochan's Istanbul is one of the mainstays on the Broadwalk. In business for more than two decades, Kochan recalls a time when cyclists and skaters weren't allowed to gracefully make their way up and down the oceanside walkway. Like many business owners, Kochan is concerned about the removal of almost a third of the beach's parking. "People are going to come to the beach and turn and turn and turn, and after an hour when they can't find parking, they'll leave," he worries. However, if they've had Kochan's Turkish pizzas -- small round flatbreads topped with ground lamb and tomatoes and fragrantly seasoned with coriander, cumin, and parsley -- they might be willing to search a bit longer.
The Sardelli family -- known for Fulvio's 1900, just off Hollywood Boulevard -- spent five years and their life savings turning an empty lot just off the beach into an opulent Italian villa. After the massive investment, Fulvio Sardelli said that he sees Margaritaville developer Lon Tabatchnick as a man of his word and that the area needs any and all improvement. Whether it will bring people in the door for a $15 scallop -- perfectly cooked and set atop a parsley pesto sauce and creamy parsnip puree -- remains to be seen, however.
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