this list together for a very select few people -- here's Save the
Date information for major Parties and Events.
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Newport and Coastal OC
News, fresh stories about the local
Click Here for a
list of Restaurants that have closed recently in Orange County.
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
Salisbury from The Cannery, El Cholo has a long history and several
other locations in LA. They recently lost their lease for
store in Irvine, and moving down to CdM. El Cholo is similar
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
Huntington Beach. Close to the 405 x Beach Blvd., it will
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
last year in the fine dining categories. Terms not disclosed,
Mastro's was very profitible for a 12 store chain and it probably was
~ Latest inside News:
Ten Asian Bistro and X Nightclub
by John Wayne Airport have been sold to Reaction Management Group,
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.).
is opening a second location there at Ten in the old Panini, and the Club
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
~ No Taste of Newport
this year: The NB Chamber of Commerce decided to bag it for
2013. Click Here for an article from NB
Restaurant in Irvine closed
25. The cousin of
Restaurants, this one has struggled ever since the opening
6 or so
No word on a replacement yet.... rumor is that the space may be turned
into a Nightclub.
Pier Grill & Sushi at
the end of the first (Newport)
Pier is closed, and they are looking for a replacment before Summer
season. Doing some tear-outs and maintenance on the building
now, but it's still boarded up as of Memorial Day....
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
~ 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
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
Daily Grill space in early August, close to Yard House, Click
~ 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
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
concept for the Summer. And here it is: Commonwealth next to
has been sold to American
Junkie, the perfect casual Newport Peninsula place to
Read about it here. AJ opened to
packed crowds, started Wednesday, July 3.
~ After 48 years The
Cottage Restaurant on
PCH in Laguna
closed December 26. The Landlord finally sold the iconic
that's it. A new Restaurant will be coming into the space, no
~ 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
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.
Triangle, Costa Mesa:
Three new restaurants are slated to open in the remodeled center next
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
on April 20.
~ The Little Knight, a small neighborhood dive bar
on East 17th
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
opening an upscale steakhouse in the old French 75 space in Laguna Beach
called Teemu Tavern &
Grill. This marks the end of the Culinary
which owned Chat Noir, Savannah
and several other concepts under the direction of David Wilhelm.
S. Coast Hwy., Laguna
Beach. Update: Selane Steak
Tavern opens Friday, November 8.