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Corona del Mar Today: City saves holiday weekend beach concessions with food trucks

May 26, 2012
  • The Big Corona Beach concessions stand, which has been shuttered since November 2010, won't be open in time for Memorial Day, as the city and new owners had hoped.
The Big Corona Beach concessions stand, which has been… (Courtesy Amy Senk,…)

The Big Corona Beach concessions stand won't be open by Memorial Day weekend as planned, but city staff scrambled and arranged for Wahoo's food trucks to be on hand from Saturday through Monday.

Wahoo's owners, who also own the Rooster Cafe in Costa Mesa, were selected from five applications to operate the concessions stand, and city officials stressed the importance of having the business open by this holiday weekend. But delays in equipment deliveries have stalled the opening.

Tara Finnigan, a city spokeswoman, said that the equipment has finally arrived and should be installed early next week, but that an opening date is still unknown.

Meanwhile, she said in an email, she has confirmed that food will be available this weekend.

"The Wahoo's truck will be in the CdM parking lot this Saturday, Sunday and Monday to serve beach visitors during the Memorial Day weekend," her email said.

Big Corona has been without a concessionaire since November 2010, when Fuji Grill closed. The city issued a request for proposals to operate the stand, but the first RFP yielded one application, which the city did not accept. Last summer, city staff arranged for different food trucks to sell refreshments during weekends.

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When the new concessions stand opens, it will serve fresh food with nearly all produce from local farmers markets including sandwiches and salads, served in to-go Chinese-food-style containers as well as burgers, hot dogs, fries, ice cream and shaved ice. The stand will rent beach chairs, umbrellas and mats.

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Lot to be repaved

A Newport Beach parking lot near Goldenrod and Fifth avenues will be closed for repaving June 8 and 15, causing Harbor View Elementary School Principal Charlene Metoyer to warn parents to make other parking arrangements those days. The last day of school is June 22.

The lot, which has 11 marked spots including two spots for vehicles with disabled placards, typically is overflowing during Harbor View's drop-off and pick-up times.

Metoyer told parents at a Parent Faculty Organization meeting Thursday morning that city officials left her a telephone message with information about the repaving and said they would begin work at 8:30 a.m., after school begins.

Some parents asked why the work could not be done in summer, when fewer cars would be trying to access the area.

"I think it's really stupid," said parent Mindy Froehlich. "It's challenging enough to drop off the kids without losing those spaces."

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