Several years ago, I called Costa Mesa's Triangle Square the Bermuda Triangle Square, as it seemed to be where businesses went to disappear.
In the roughly 20 years since it opened, the center has hosted a Niketown, Virgin Records (where they answered the phone, "Virgin Records Newport Beach"), Gap, Barnes & Noble, Johnny Rockets and many more. The only places that have thwarted the hex are the Yardhouse, Sutra Lounge and the movie theaters.
The mall was so bad that the average number of stars on Yelp is two.
Now, however, there is no more Triangle Square. A $20-million renovation is nearly complete and the mall, now called The Triangle, will house several new businesses, including El Corazon de Costa Mesa and Saddle Ranch Chop House. H20 Sushi will replace Sushi Zen, which is now on the street level. Way down below street level, the 24 Hour Fitness hums.
The theaters are already thriving because the management there has figured out that by charging less in off-peak hours, they can attract people who would otherwise choose a different form of entertainment. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, first-run movies are $4. On Wednesdays, anyone older than 55 gets in for four bucks too. Gee, what a concept.