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By Amanda Pennington | May 16, 2007
BALBOA PENINSULA — Christopher Roman wanted to open an inexpensive restaurant, but the New Yorker knew there was no way he could do it in the Big Apple, so naturally he ended up realizing his dream in thrifty Newport Beach. Come again? OK, so the real estate's not so cheap here either, but Roman was able to open his Bay Burger restaurant in the Balboa Fun Zone when the owners of the building were looking to sell. It ended up being a homecoming for his wife, who grew up in Newport.
By Brianna Bailey | March 5, 2008
Newport Beach city officials will decide today whether to revoke the use permit for a popular sushi restaurant after undercover police officers reportedly observed patrons drinking and possibly using drugs in the parking lot of the restaurant. Fury Rok & Rol Sushi Lounge, 4221 Dolphin Striker Way, is licensed as a restaurant, but a Newport Beach police investigation found evidence the establishment has been promoting itself as a night club, according to Newport Beach Planning Commission documents.
By Michael Miller | November 17, 2007
Is the current spat over the Newport Beach Brewing Co. based partly on an error city officials made more than a decade ago? That’s the question the city and restaurant owners continue to debate a week after the Brewing Co. filed a lawsuit seeking to reverse the changes the City Council imposed on it this summer. The council ruled the restaurant had to restrict its dining space before 5 p.m. on the weekends to free up parking spaces in the neighborhood — and the council justified that decision with a clause in the restaurant’s use permit that some said was worded incorrectly 14 years ago. The use permit, which the City Council approved in fall 1993, decrees that the restaurant limit its public area to 1,500 square feet before 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
By Sarah Peters | June 12, 2012
The Shore House Cafe in Newport Beach has closed, according to sources. The Balboa Peninsula restaurant on Balboa Boulevard and Main Street was first spotted featuring a "for lease" sign on its doors in early June, according to the Orange County Register. The Daily Pilot reported last year that the business had filed for bankruptcy. The Shore House, once part of a regional chain, closed about three weeks ago, said Fountain Valley resident Sarkis Hagopian, who works at a nearby business.
By Kelly Strodl | November 5, 2007
Wilma’s Patio celebrated it’s 25th anniversary with a special thank you to loyal customers, some whom have been visiting the Balboa Island eatery on a regular basis since day one. A special reception Sunday evening packed the iconic restaurant, in some spots standing room only, with many patrons who have become more than just customers over the years. Founder Wilma Staudinger sat in one of the booths surrounded by friends and restaurant visitors offering their “thank yous” and sharing memories of the good old days.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | August 3, 2013
Cucina Enoteca, an Italian restaurant that is part food, part retail, is opening a second Orange County location at Newport Beach's Fashion Island next year. "I think it's a perfect fit for us," said Tracy Borkum, principal of Urban Kitchen Group, which operates the Cucina restaurants. Cucina Enoteca markets itself as a modern-meets-rustic Italian kitchen with a "restaurant to retail" concept, where just about everything is on sale. Diners can buy the chairs they're sitting on, the light fixtures above them or hand-selected wines from the dedicated wine shop.
By Joseph Serna | January 26, 2010
After nearly 90 years in the city, with the likes of the Duke, Bob Hope and Humphrey Bogart stopping in for dinner, the iconic Arches restaurant in Newport Beach has closed its doors for the last time. Owner Dan Marcheano, who confirmed Tuesday that moving vans have already cleared out the restaurant, claims it’s the city’s fault, and said he considers it an injustice that his restaurant had to close under someone else’s terms. Newport Beach Planning Director David Lepo, however, says Marcheano either is mistaken or being disingenuous with his claims.
By Chris Caesar | November 24, 2007
Ronnie Guyer concedes that sometimes, it’s those seemingly inconsequential decisions that can lead to serendipity. Last August, Guyer and co-workers at Assemblyman Van Tran’s office were driving down South Coast Drive to reward their interns with a farewell lunch at Karl Strauss Brewing Company; when they were almost there, however, they decided instead to head down Harbor Boulevard toward Wingnuts restaurant. “It was totally a snap decision,” he said, shaking his head in awe. “Someone just said, ‘Let’s go to Wingnuts,’ so, that’s what we did.” Two weeks prior to that fateful turn, Guyer experienced what he called a “premonition,” prompting him to practice the first-aid skills he learned more than 20 years ago. “There was a news report of a man using the Heimlich maneuver on someone in a restaurant in the Valley, and I said, ‘Practice, Ronnie, practice,’ because you never know,” he said.
By Sarah Peters | September 14, 2012
Grocery shopping is usually thought of as a chore, certainly not something that is combined with dinner and drinks. Whole Foods Market, known for natural and organic products, aims to change this stodgy attitude with the Sept. 19 opening of its Fashion Island location. The 32,000-square-foot store features a full-service restaurant, complete bar and teahouse. To take it a step further, Whole Foods Fashion Island also has an outdoor lounge area with fire pits, valet and car-side drop-off service.
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