May 10, 2012
After more than 30 years of operation at Fashion Island, Coco's Bakery Restaurant will close May 31, officials confirmed this week. The casual, family-style restaurant has seen several months of declining sales, according to Jim Kensinger, executive vice president of operations of Catalina Restaurant Group, which owns the Coco's chain. Concluding the restaurant's lease at the end of this month, the Irvine Co. plans to utilize the space to create a new free-standing structure that will house Fig & Olive and other eateries, said Erin Freeman, the Irvine Co.'s senior vice president of corporate communications.
May 2, 2012
•"Code 2600," 2 p.m. Island Cinema, 999 Newport Center Drive •"Brooklyn Castle," 3:15 p.m. Triangle Square Cinemas, 1870 Newport Blvd •"Blue Bay," 8 p.m., Edwards Big Newport, 300 Newport Center Drive •"Behind the Orange Curtain," 8:15 p.m. Triangle Square After-party: A Latino Showcase party will take place at 10 p.m. at Fashion Island. Tickets for both the film and party cost $35, and party-only tickets cost $25.
April 26, 2012
Streets around Fashion Island will be closed this weekend for the March of Dimes March for Babies Walk, according to Newport Beach Police. San Nicolas Drive from Newport Center Drive east to Avocado Avenue will be closed to through traffic from 4 p.m. Saturday to Sunday afternoon. From 5 to 11 a.m. Sunday, roads surrounding Fashion Island and Newport Center will be closed for the walk. Parking is available in the two parking structures at Santa Rosa and Center drives.
April 11, 2012
French Riviera-inspired eatery Fig & Olive will open at Fashion Island next year, the Irvine Co. announced this week. With four locations in New York and one in Los Angeles, Fashion Island will mark the Fig & Olive's sixth restaurant. Menu items focus on olive oils and simple cooking, with a mix of small plates, paninis and entrées. Dishes include zucchini carpaccio and fig Gorgonzola tartlet. The restaurant in the Newport Beach shopping center will also offer imported charcuterie, cheese, olives, marinated vegetables and wines.
April 5, 2012
About 500 unionized janitors and other service industry workers marched a loop around Fashion Island on Thursday afternoon to lend their support to ongoing negotiations for better wages and benefits, said a spokeswoman. The upscale shopping center was targeted for the Service Employees International Union demonstration because the property manager, the Irvine Co., employs about 350 janitors represented by the group, said Marisol Rivera, vice president of the Orange County SEIU chapter.
March 26, 2012
Fashion Island has announced the arrival of two retailers set to open in late spring, according to a news release. Los Angeles-based clothing retailer M. Fredric and Beverly Hills-based macarons shop 'lette — both new to Orange County — will open in the Newport Beach shopping center. M. Fredric, which offers casual apparel for men, women and children, will open in a 4,400-square-foot space by the Iris Fountain. The French-style macaron store, 'lette, will open in a space near Nordstrom.
March 14, 2012
The numbers are still coming in a week after the event. Organizers hope to reach a grand tally of $250,000 raised at the annual "For The Love of A Child" fashion show and luncheon, held at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa on March 5, and chaired by the dynamic and dedicated team of Diana Miner and Kristen James . Some 400 women and a sprinkling of gentlemen converged upon the hotel near Fashion Island for the first major...
March 9, 2012
Due to the need for costly renovations, the city of Newport Beach will not accept a donated bronze sculpture once displayed at Fashion Island. The Newport Beach Arts Commission unanimously voted Thursday to decline the Irvine Co.'s donation of "Skydivers" because of the estimated $135,000-plus cost of renovating, moving and installing the iconic work. "It really is such a piece of our history and our community that would be lovely to keep," if it weren't for the cost of renovation, said commission Chairwoman Robyn Grant.
February 25, 2012
Dick Braeger, owner of GARYS stores and co-founder of Cole Haan shoes, died Friday, according to a friend close to the family. He was 74. Braeger, a resident of Newport Beach, was known in the community for owning the upscale men's retailer, with its flagship store at Fashion Island in Newport Beach and others in Tustin and Del Mar. He was also one of the three original partners of Cole Haan shoes. Braeger co-founded GARYS with Gary Wasserman in 1966 and became the sole owner in 1984, according to the store's website.