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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.