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July 30, 2008
Newport Beach police officers arrived outside the Blanca restaurant Wednesday morning as employees from two companies came to repossess kitchen items they said the restaurant hadn’t sufficiently paid for. About a dozen people from Chefs’ Toys, a food service equipment maker, and Hospitality Equipment Fabricators, which provides custom stainless steel, entered the restaurant about 10 a.m. and began removing plates, shelves and other...
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January 26, 2012
COSTA MESA — Gourmet sausage and Belgian-style French fry restaurant Valhalla Table closed in the Camp earlier this month. The small restaurant with community tables, craft beers, organic and vegetarian sausages had occupied a space facing Bristol Street in the popular alternative shopping center. "Valhalla Table is closed because the economy wasn't good for us last year, and our lease is up," owner Ehrline Karnaga wrote in an email Thursday. "...We hope to be able to do something like Valhalla again in the near future.
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May 6, 2011
South Coast Plaza announced plans for healthy, casual dining concept ZCafe to debut at the shopping mall in midsummer, according to a news release. Created by Sid Fanarof, the founder of ZPizza, the casual restaurant will focus on healthy and locally sourced menu items. "We're delighted to have Sid Fanarof create a new, fresh concept expressly for South Coast Plaza," said Debra Gunn Downing, South Coast Plaza's executive director, in a prepared statement. "Our shoppers will love to have a new dining spot for high quality, casual fare.
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By Sarah Peters | October 24, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — Fans of Mozambique Steakhouse and Lounge in Laguna Beach will soon be able to partake in the African-inspired fare at a new eatery here, a company spokeswoman said Monday. The fast-casual concept, also called Mozambique, will open in late November at The Bluffs shopping center on Bison Avenue in Newport Beach. The restaurant will offer indoor and patio seating, spokeswoman Lisa Ende said. "One of the fast-growing trends, especially with the economy as it is, is the fast-casual dining segment," she said.
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By Lauren Williams | February 15, 2012
A Corona del Mar man's federal lawsuit alleging that racial epithets were put on his restaurant receipts has been settled, court records show. In his civil complaint filed last March, Mark McHenry says he found the N-word and variants of it on several of his receipts from the popular Landmark Steakhouse in Corona del Mar. Some of the receipts, according to the complaint, also included remarks like "Black is the new white" and indicated that...
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May 19, 2011
The Newport Beach Planning Commission will consider at its Thursday meeting to extend evening patio hours for a harborfront restaurant known for drawing a loud nighttime crowd. The Bayside Drive restaurant, 3-Thirty-3, applied for a new conditional-use permit that would extend the exterior patio hours from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily to 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily, according to a city staff report. The interior hours of the restaurant are from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. The public hearing will occur during the commission's regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the City Council Chambers, 3300 Newport Blvd.
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August 29, 2011
Freshii aims to bring healthy fast food to diners with the opening of its first Orange County location last week in the Bluffs shopping center, according to a news release. The Chicago-based franchise specializes in "Fresh food. Custom built," according to its website. Menu options include salads, wraps, rice bowls, yogurt parfaits and soups, with the choice of 70 toppings. Menu items include the Bangkok burrito, vegan wrap, spicy noodle bowl, antioxidant crunch salad, grilled steak salad or the choice to build a meal.
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July 25, 2012
A man arrested by Newport Beach police on suspicion of carrying a loaded, unregistered gun and making threats is expected to be in court Friday for a pretrial hearing, records show. Henry Saxon Learmont, 36, of Castaic is accused of threatening a business associate while at Islands restaurant about 9:30 p.m. July 17, according to Sgt. Joe Cartwright. Upon arriving to the eatery at 1380 Bison St., police found Learmont in the parking lot in possession of a loaded gun and arrested him, Cartwright said.
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By Matt Brown | November 20, 2008
Do you love all the home cooking for Thanksgiving, but don’t want to go through all of the hassle of cooking in a hot kitchen? Don’t worry, there are restaurants open on Turkey Day. So this week we thought we’d check in with Chef Vartan Abgaryan at A Restaurant at 3334 W. Coast Hwy. in Newport Beach.   We all know you’ve got to have turkey, cranberry sauce, sweet potato and some pumpkin pie, but what do you have on the menu that’s new this year?
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By Lauren Vane | August 2, 2006
Organic egg dishes for breakfast, artichoke sandwiches at lunch and a flat-iron steak for dinner. Beginning today from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Newport locals and visitors alike can eat all day long at the Beachcomber restaurant in the Crystal Cove Historic District. It was supposed to open Tuesday, but operators pushed the big day back to work out a few last-minute kinks. The restaurant, owned by Doug Cavanaugh who also runs Ruby's, will feature California cuisine that complements this spot on the sand.
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By Jill Cowan | April 30, 2014
The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to further explore color-coded restaurant inspection signage in response to a grand jury report that criticized the county's current system as confusing. For years, a debate over the system — which uses nearly identical orange placards that require close scrutiny to see whether a restaurant has passed, conditionally passed or failed its most recent inspection — has largely been on the back burner. In past discussions, the board has considered moving toward letter grades to align with the systems in neighboring counties, including Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | April 9, 2014
An Orange County Superior Court Judge this week banned dancing at a quintessential Newport Beach restaurant - at least for the time being. In a preliminary injunction handed down Tuesday, Judge Derek Hunt sided with the city of Newport Beach and barred Woody's Wharf on the Balboa Peninsula from setting up a dance floor or using its patio past 11 p.m. City officials took the early decision as a sign that Hunt will eventually side with the city,...
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By Emily Foxhall | March 31, 2014
Brian Hirsty, executive chef for the Bluewater Grill, died March 10 following a recent diagnosis of a rare bone marrow disease. He was 47. Hirsty grew up in Southern California. He would often awake before the sun rose, eager to spend time with local fishermen arriving with the day's catch, according to an online restaurant memorial tribute. He would use the fish to practice recipes from the "Joy of Cooking" cookbook, the tribute continued, creating dishes praised by his earliest fan: his brother.
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By Jill Cowan | March 15, 2014
Posted unobtrusively low in the floor-to-ceiling front window of a trendy salad joint or fading in its plastic sleeve at the sushi place next door, the orange-ringed seal has for decades been a great equalizer of sorts among Orange County restaurants - theoretically useful, but often unnoticed. Now, an Orange County Grand Jury report recommends that those orange rings be switched out in favor of a stoplight-style color code, reviving a long-simmering debate over the county's restaurant health rating system.
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By Bradley Zint | March 14, 2014
A new Costa Mesa restaurant aiming for a classic American tavern feel with a modern twist held its grand opening Thursday afternoon. Fireside is located inside the Crowne Plaza hotel on Bristol Street and across the freeway from South Coast Plaza. Its contemporary American menu is headed by Orange County native Scott Brandon, formerly of the Corona del Mar's Crow Bar and Kitchen. Brandon, who was otherwise busy in the kitchen Thursday, said in a prepared statement about Fireside's menu that "simplicity and quality go a long way. I want nothing but the best for our guests at Fireside, while letting the food speak for itself.
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By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times | March 12, 2014
Newport Beach, one of Southern California's most affluent cities, is about to transform an industrial area near John Wayne Airport into a distinctly urban community of homes and shops. Uptown Newport Village will replace a pair of aging industrial buildings on 25 acres near the airport with a walkable neighborhood of shops, restaurants, parks and upscale homes and apartments, according to Shopoff Group, an Irvine developer. Mayor Rush N. Hill, who is an architect, said he is excited about the project and pleased that it will be a dense neighborhood by local standards.
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March 7, 2014
Fashion Island, Irvine Spectrum, and the Eastbluff Village, Crystal Cove and Bayside shopping centers, have announced the openings of multiple new businesses. Each of the centers is owned and operated by the Newport Beach-based Irvine Co. Some of the new businesses opened in the latter half of 2013, others early this year, and additional ones are coming in the months ahead. Offerings include shops, restaurants, apparel boutiques and a comedy club. "More than ever, our retail centers offer more than just a place to come shop," Stacie Ellis, senior marketing director for Irvine Co. Retail Properties , said in a news release.
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March 7, 2014
An ATM was stolen from the Galley Cafe on Harbor Island Drive early Friday, police said. About 3:20 or 3:30 a.m., a window on the northeast corner of the restaurant was broken, and the ATM was removed from the property, said Newport Beach Police Lt. Evan Sailor. The ATM was near a large window, which was close to the street curb, said restaurant owner Sherri White. Police did not know how much money was in the machine or how many suspects were involved, Sailor said. In a separate incident, someone searched through White's car in front of her Costa Mesa home early Friday, but nothing was taken, she said.
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By Rhea Mahbubani and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | February 27, 2014
It was not "Mad Men" protagonist Don Draper's name or profession that viewers learned first. It was his drink of choice: "Do this again - old-fashioned, please. " Whether meeting clients or dining with his wife, Megan, that's what the advertising executive was seen reaching for. Guests with a similar preference can visit Mesa, which counts the Mesa Old Fashioned among its bestsellers, between March 2 and 8. The Costa Mesa bar is one of 45 participating in the first-ever OC Cocktail Week, organized by the OC Restaurant Assn.
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February 18, 2014
The Orange County Restaurant Assn. will spotlight eating establishments around the county for the sixth year in a row when Orange County Restaurant Week kicks off Sunday. The event, which lasts through March 1, offers prix fixe menus at more than 100 restaurants . The menus are priced at $10, $15 and $20 per person for lunch and $20, $30 and $40 per person for dinner. Among the restaurants participating this year are Pinot Provence at the Westin South Coast Plaza, 118 Degrees at The Camp, the Irvine Improv, 230 Forest Avenue in Laguna Beach and RA Sushi in downtown Huntington Beach.
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