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Newport Beach Insider - 2015 Events
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~~   First the Restaurant/Club News, then the Events down below  

We put this list together for a very select few people -- here's Save the Date information for major Parties and Events.
Watch this space, more listings coming.....

Newport and Coastal OC Restaurant News,  fresh stories about the local scene:

Click Here for a list of Restaurants that have closed recently in Orange County.

And Click Here for a list of Restaurants that have recently opened in Orange County.

~ The Landmark in Corona del Mar closed in early May, and will undergo a transformation into El Cholo Cafe opening this Fall.  Owned by Ron Salisbury from The Cannery, El Cholo has a long history and several other locations in LA.  They recently lost their lease for their store in Irvine, and moving down to CdM.  El Cholo is similar to El Torrito and El Ranchito.

~ Sol Cocina, the very successful Baja-Mexican restaurant on the water in Newport next to 3Thirty3, is opening a spin-off Solita Tacos in Bella Terra, Huntington Beach.  Close to the 405 x Beach Blvd., it will seat 150 - 80 seats indoors and 70 seats on the patio.  Under construction, opening this Summer...

~ Mastro's Restaraunts has been sold to the Landry's Restaurant group.  Landry's owns Claim Jumper, Bubba Gump, the Golden Nugget Casinos, and several smaller chains.  This adds on to their purchase of Morton's last year in the fine dining categories.  Terms not disclosed, but Mastro's was very profitible for a 12 store chain and it probably was high $$.  

~ Latest inside News:  Ten Asian Bistro and X Nightclub by John Wayne Airport have been sold to Reaction Management Group, whose members include Antony Adel from Identity Mgt.(Sutra, Ivy, Basemnt), Steve Geary of Crow Bar and top Execs from Insomniac (EDC Carnival) and Hillstone (Gulfstream, Houston's, etc.).  Crow Bar is opening a second location there at Ten in the old Panini, and the Club and Restaurant will close and renovate for about 6 weeks this Summer.  The Plan is to make it an Upscale Lounge, not a danceclub.  They have also purchased the Steelhead Brewery across from UCI and plan on introducing a BrewPub concept there.  Much more coming, watch for updates...

~ No Taste of Newport this year:  The NB Chamber of Commerce decided to bag it for 2013.  Click Here for an article from NB Daily Pilot.

Kimera Restaurant in Irvine closed February 25.  The cousin of Bistango and Bayside Restaurants, this one has struggled ever since the opening 6 or so years ago. No word on a replacement yet.... rumor is that the space may be turned into a Nightclub.

Newport Pier Grill & Sushi at the end of the first (Newport) Pier is closed, and they are looking for a replacment before Summer tourist season.  Doing some tear-outs and maintenance on the building now, but it's still boarded up as of Memorial Day....

~ Villa Nova on PCH in Newport was headed to auction at the end of February.  The owning Crean Family lost Donna last year, and I think the son is just tired of the daily grind. It went for a cool $6M to the guy who owns Joe's Crab Shack down the street there, and it looks like The Winery from Tustin will open a second location in that spot. Update:  The Winery plans a soft opening on January 28, 2014.  Unexpected extras in construction

~  Coco's in Corona del Mar is closed March 10, joining the Fashion Island Coco's location which closed last Summer.  Replaced by a (gulp) Chase Bank branch. The tres chic Fig and Olive from West Hollywood is building out the FI pad, due to open this Fall - heard it is opening in November. Lark Creek opened in the old Daily Grill space in early August, close to Yard House, Click Here.

~  Also opening in Fashion Island this Summer, Red O promises yet another upscale Mexican concept.  Two divergent reviews can be found Here and Here.  Red O and Fig & Olive are right next to each other, should be a center of Fashion Island cocktailing delight !! And we hear that an Italian Restaurant/Retail Store Cucina Enoteca is opening in the old El Torito Grill space by Nordie's - Click Here for the article.

~ Got a HOTTT Bar/Restaurant going into an existing space in Newport, change of ownership.   This is one that everyone will want to go to, just the perfect concept for the Summer. And here it is:  Commonwealth next to Woody's has been sold to American Junkie, the perfect casual Newport Peninsula place to complement Woody's.  Read about it here.  AJ opened to packed crowds, started Wednesday, July 3.

~ After 48 years The Cottage Restaurant on PCH in Laguna Beach closed December 26.  The Landlord finally sold the iconic property so that's it.  A new Restaurant will be coming into the space, no info yet.  Details www.thecottagerestaurant.com

~ It's not in our OC backyard, but... the Key Club on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood is closing for good on March 15.  Many a Punk and Old School group has blasted that Hall, and many of us blasted right along with them.  Pennywise anyone?  It will be redone, something new coming this Summer.

The Chart House on PCH in Newport is going away, and a high-end Mexican concept like Javier's is moving into that location.  Closed on May 28, Gary Primm the property owner is looking for a non-chain operator, with lots of Bar traffic.

~ The Triangle, Costa Mesa:  Three new restaurants are slated to open in the remodeled center next to Sutra early this year.  Saddle Ranch Chop House is a BBQ joint complete with a mechanical bull, whose Sunset Blvd - Hollywood location employees star in their own reality show on VH1.  El Corazon de Costa Mesa is, you guessed it, a Mexican/Carribean theme. Update 2/21: Both of them opened on April 20.     

~ The Little Knight, a small neighborhood dive bar on East 17th Street, closed its doors on August 28.  The bar isn't going far, however; they are going to open the third new Restaurant at the Triangle, named Black Knight/Olive Branch Pizza.  All three are slated to open by year's end, no firm timetable yet.  Mario Marovic from the Landmark, The District etc. is opening an updated Wild Goose Tavern in the former Little Knight space, opening November 9.  Update 2/21: This place just opened, very soft opening, stop by and take a look

~ Hear tell that there is some serious money and development chasing the old Tia Juana's at Sand Canyon and the 5 in Irvine, hearing they are going to redo that area and make it a Mega-club.  Also, another rumor about the old Warehouse/Buzz on Via Lido opening.  Stay tuned !!!

~ Anaheim Ducks standout star Teemu Selane is opening an upscale steakhouse in the old French 75 space in Laguna Beach called Teemu Tavern & Grill.  This marks the end of the Culinary Adventures group, which owned Chat Noir, Savannah and several other concepts under the direction of David Wilhelm.  1464 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach.  Update: Selane Steak Tavern opens Friday, November 8

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