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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.
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BUSINESS
By Brianna Bailey | March 12, 2010
After abruptly closing in January, The Arches, a landmark Newport Beach eatery, is moving to a new home on Westcliff Drive. Longtime owner Dan Marcheano said Friday that he expects the restaurant to be open for business in six to eight weeks at its new location, 1617 Westcliff Drive, No. 121, next to an upscale women’s clothing boutique in Westcliff Plaza. The space was once home to the Ristorante Max Italian. “I got my butt kicked at the last place, but I’m coming back and coming back with a vengeance,” Marcheano said.
NEWS
October 25, 2004
Alicia Robinson In 1974, Fashion Island was just starting out, and Corona del Mar was still a village when Los Angeles attorney Ron Schwartz partnered with twin brothers Ed and Chuck Smythe to open a restaurant and bar honoring the Smythes' Celtic heritage. A venerable institution in Newport Beach, and one of its only authentic Irish pubs, Muldoon's Dublin Pub and Celtic Bar on Sunday kicked off a 30th-anniversary celebration that will last all year.
NEWS
May 13, 2005
Andrew Edwards A lawsuit involving a once-popular Mariners' Mile hangout is scheduled to be heard Monday in Orange County Superior Court. The lawsuit stems from the January closure of Margaritaville Mexican Cantina, a Coast Highway restaurant, by its owner James Bellino. Bellino's landlord, identified in a court document as Marta Bhathal, has alleged Bellino failed to keep Margaritaville running and to pay increased rent, among other claims.
BUSINESS
By Brianna Bailey | March 6, 2008
Former Newport Beach Mayor Tod Ridgeway confirmed Wednesday he owns the building that houses a popular sushi restaurant police allege is operating as an illegal nightclub. Police claim the restaurant Fury Rok & Rol Sushi Lounge, 4221 Dolphin Striker Way, generates a high number of drunk driving arrests in the neighborhood and that its parking lot is a haven for illicit activity including the possible use of illegal drugs. Ridgeway said he expected the clash between the city and his tenant to be resolved soon, but declined to comment further.
NEWS
April 1, 2011
The Irvine Co. announced the opening of a new retail store and a restaurant at two of its Orange County shopping centers, according to separate news releases. Brandy Melville, a women's apparel line from Italy, recently opened its first Orange County location at Fashion Island near Nordstrom, according to a Fashion Island news release. The clothier is popular for its beachy, chic styles in soft comfortable fabrics, according to the release. O Fine Japanese Cuisine opened its second Orange County location in the Quail Hill Village Center in Irvine last week, according to the Irvine Co. The 4,000 square-foot restaurant features a 20-seat sushi bar and a 10-foot waterfall.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
May 31, 2000
Sue Doyle NEWPORT BEACH -- The doors to Sid's Steakhouse closed abruptly Tuesday for reasons that had nothing to do with the 27 health code violations filed earlier this month against the popular restaurant. The closure had everything to do with staffing problems, said owner-turned-fugitive Sid Soffer, who manages the restaurant from Las Vegas. During a phone interview Tuesday, Soffer said he shut down the restaurant because it had become too difficult to manage employees from so far away.
NEWS
August 4, 2011
A kitchen fire broke out Thursday at The Arches restaurant in Newport Beach but was quickly extinguished, authorities said. A small grease fire began about 1:27 p.m. inside a grease duct at the restaurant's new location, 1617 Westcliff Drive, said Newport Beach Fire Department spokeswoman Jennifer Schulz. Firefighters put out the fire about 20 minutes after it started, Schulz said. Some 20 patrons were in the restaurant and smoke was coming out of the roof, but the smoke did not go into the dining area, said Arches employee Brice Mirtle.
NEWS
December 1, 1999
Amy R. Spurgeon NEWPORT BEACH -- The next time you park free of charge in the valet lot at The Old Spaghetti Factory on Newport Boulevard, send your regards to Gus Dussin. The founder of the giant pasta purveyor insisted on it. In 1969, Dussin's vision of selling spaghetti at a good price caught on quickly. It seemed people liked his ingredients for success: affordable pasta with all the fixings -- bread, salad and dessert. The Old Spaghetti Factory's origins are traced to Portland, Ore. The family-run chain consists of 34 restaurants nationwide.
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