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February 17, 2014
Downed power lines caused a small fire at a Corona del Mar restaurant Monday morning, authorities said. The power lines fell after a power transformer blew in the area just after 10 a.m., said Sgt. Brad Miller of the Newport Beach Police Department. The fire was contained to the awning of the Port Restaurant & Bar, 440 Heliotrope Ave., and extinguished quickly, he said. No one was injured, but several nearby homes and businesses reported power outages. Miller said Southern California Edison has been notified.
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NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | February 13, 2014
While Valentine's Day promises love for some, it marks an imminent end to the longstanding love affair between the Ritz Restaurant and its current Newport Beach location. Facing a Feb. 28 deadline to vacate its premises near Fashion Island, the restaurant is preparing to host its final meals Friday and Saturday. Patrons will arrive Friday to a $95 four-course Valentine's Day dinner. The next day, a $150 three-course lunch will be followed by a $250 four-course dinner. Proceeds from Saturday will be divided among all staff working that day, said restaurant Controller Laurie Virtue.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Hannah Fry | January 16, 2014
More than 70 Newport Beach restaurants will serve up popular dishes at a slashed price during the city's restaurant week, which kicks off Friday. Some of the city's most elite eateries are participating in the eighth annual Newport Beach Restaurant Week, which runs for 10 days through Jan. 26, said Jenna Thompson, director of operations for McFarlane Promotions, the company organizing the event. Participating restaurants offer three-course prix-fixe dinner menus for $20, $30 and $40 per person and lunch menus for $10, $15 or $20 per person.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | January 3, 2014
On New Year's Eve, Beccy Rogers donned a black suit with a fur collar. She selected sparkling earrings and a necklace, and finished the look with a glitzy clip decorating her long hair, pulled back into a tight bun. She has worn this outfit on Dec. 31 for each of the many years she has spent working at Newport Beach's long-established Ritz Restaurant and Garden. But as the clock struck midnight, ringing in 2014, the turn of the year also indicated a more significant milestone. After more than 30 years, the night was Rogers' last New Year's Eve in the restaurant's 880 Newport Center Drive location, where it opened in 1982.
NEWS
By Steve Virgen | December 24, 2013
A man with a big smile held a microphone and spoke in a thick, French accent amid a party scene. "Wehl-comb to Feeg n' Oh-leev," he said. Newport Beach seemed just as thrilled to welcome Fig & Olive founder Laurent Halasz and his restaurant at Fashion Island last week during a special opening event. Halasz quickly introduced chefs Pascal Lorange and Serges Gouloumes and Fig & Olive President Greg Galy, while expressing gratefulness and excitement. It was also a nice touch that Halasz had the mayor, Richard Galy, from his hometown of Mougins, France, in attendance.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | November 29, 2013
How does a city decide what to put at the end of its pier? In Newport Beach, where the City Council is trying to figure out what to do with a vacant structure at the end of the Newport Pier, it surveyed the uses of 42 similar structures statewide. Then council members decided they wanted something different from the rest. As summarized in a 122-page retail study prepared by GRC Associates, options abound: Pier 28 in San Francisco County is used as part of the America's Cup. The Santa Barbara Stearns Wharf has an aquarium and places to shop and dine.
NEWS
By June Casagrande | November 20, 2013
How do I know the color blue to you is the color blue to me? I suppose I don't. But I know that such questions lose their allure by the time one turns 20 or sobers up. But long after doing both, I've come across another question worthy of burrito-fueled midnight philosophy sessions: How do I know the text you see on a page is the same as the text I see on a page? True, to most people, the idea would seem to be born of adolescence or inebriation or both. But for a copy editor, it's a valid question.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | October 8, 2013
The right to party doesn't necessarily come easily in Newport Beach. City Council members on Tuesday took a step toward denying Woody's Wharf its request to expand hours of operation and have dancing on Friday and Saturday nights. On a 4-1 vote - with councilman Ed Selich dissenting, Mayor Pro Tem Rush Hill recusing himself and council member Leslie Daigle absent - the council asked city staff to return with a resolution that would allow the restaurant to open earlier, build a patio cover and operate under less strict valet parking requirements, but not to stay open on the outdoor patio until 2 a.m. or allow dancing indoors on the weekends.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | October 4, 2013
The public can weigh in at Tuesday's Newport Beach City Council meeting on whether Woody's Wharf should have dancing Friday and Saturday nights as well as extended hours. At the Sept. 10 meeting, Councilman Mike Henn appealed the Planning Commission's decision to allow the restaurant to begin outdoor dining at 10 a.m., instead of 11 a.m., and to stay open until 2 a.m., instead of closing at 11 p.m., according to a staff report. In its Sept. 5 approval, the commission also cleared the way for dancing by giving Woody's Wharf a variance to build a patio cover, which the business says would address noise concerns.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | October 4, 2013
Step aside, sailing aficionados. The football fans are coming to Newport Beach. Restaurant and hotel managers throughout the city are joining in preparation for the 2014 Bowl Championship Series game Jan. 6. Although the game will be played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, the players, bands, media and alumni associations will spend their nights in Newport Beach. With the teams will come a whole host of supporters, creating what city organizers believe will be the largest event cohort that Newport Beach has ever entertained.
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