Over 2,000 of developer Rick Caruso’s “closest friends” attended a lavish party in Glendale May 1 to celebrate the grand opening of his newest development: the Americana at Brand. The black-tie soiree took place on the top floor of the Americana parking structure. Entertainment included master of ceremonies Jay Leno, Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, the Temptations and the USC Trojan marching band. Monsignor Lloyd Torgerson blessed the Caruso family, and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger lauded Caruso as his “very good friend,” saying the new mixed-use project was “a tide lifting everyone around here.” The $400 million development spans 15.5 acres, with 75 retail shops and restaurants at the ground level and 238 residential units (100 rental apartments and 138 for-sale condominiums).
Caruso Throws Lavish Grand Opening Party