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By Mike Palitz and By Mike Palitz | March 8, 2013
With the closing of Sage Restaurant in January, and the selling of the Villa Nova in February, and the planned closing of the Ritz at the end of the year, I felt that as the owner of a 51-year-old restaurant it was time to speak up and let people know what is needed if they want to keep some of these oldies but goodies around for their kids. Andy Crean, former owner of the Villa Nova, said in the Daily Pilot article (" Villa Nova bids arrivederci to Newport," March 5) that although everyone loved the Villa Nova, some have not been there in 15 years, and I can't say I don't know the exact feeling.
By Jill Cowan | March 5, 2013
Andy Crean never really thought of himself as the owner of Newport Beach's historic Villa Nova restaurant. "I considered myself almost like a custodian," he said Tuesday of the Mariner's Mile hot spot he took over 20 years ago. "It's like a landmark. The employees and all that - it's like a family. " Villa Nova - whose original Sunset Strip location opened in 1933 and attracted the likes of Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack - has drawn lovers of Italian classics and vino with an ocean view for since 1967 when the owners relocated to the beach.
By Jill Cowan | February 26, 2013
After decades of serving area families, Coco's Bakery Restaurant on East Coast Highway in Corona del Mar is set to close March 10, a restaurant manager confirmed Tuesday. The closure, which had been on employees' radar for "more than a year," was announced to staff Thursday, said manager Gerry Bermudes. "They told us we have until [March] 15, so we have five days to move out our stuff," Bermudes said. "We've been getting a lot of people upset [about the closure]. " Bermudes said he hadn't been told why the restaurant is closing, and a corporate spokesperson could not be reached as of Tuesday afternoon.
By Bradley Zint | February 6, 2013
A new restaurant in Costa Mesa with decor that's a modernized take on 1920s New York is having its grand opening Friday evening. The folks behind Arc Restaurant at the South Coast Collection, 3321 Hyland Ave., are calling their nearly 1,800-square-foot restaurant a new American roast house and classic cocktail bar. "We're looking more into doing right what we were doing in the '20s, kind of a happy period when we weren't overthinking things...
By Michael Miller | January 17, 2013
Classic moment on "The Office": At a barbecue at the home of paper salesman Jim Halpert, icy accountant Angela Martin stands in the queue before the grill and deadpans, "I'm a vegetarian. " Without missing a beat, Jim helpfully replies, "There's soda inside. " With a disgusted sigh, Angela storms away. Being that Angela is one of the show's least-sympathetic characters, I'm not inclined to empathize with her very often. But as a fellow member of the meatless masses who has put up with more than one limited menu over the years, I'm with her at that moment.
By Bradley Zint | January 10, 2013
Twenty-five years ago, Wing Lam's hair was shorter and the fish taco restaurant he co-founded was brand new. These days, however, Wahoo's Fish Taco is a household brand, with 64 stores in seven states, that continues to spread its fins. All that started in 1988 in Costa Mesa's Westside. The founders of the first Wahoo's restaurant at 1862 Placentia Ave. had an idea: Combine Mexican, Brazilian and Asian cuisine, give it all a North Shore vibe, and get a hungry surf community involved.
By Bradley Zint | January 8, 2013
Good pizza comes to those who wait. That's the motto of sorts for the folks at Rance's Chicago Pizza, whose pies are made in authentic Chi-Town style, right down to the Wisconsin cheese. But how long a wait is it for such iconic Midwestern flavor? "Being that it's a deep dish — and there's so much food and so many ingredients that need to be cooked — whether you're in Chicago or here, it takes 40 to 45 minutes," said co-owner Rance Ruiz, who opened the Costa Mesa pizza business last month with childhood friend Aaron Tofani.
By Bradley Zint | January 3, 2013
They're calling it a different spin on a tried-and-true concept. Burrissimo Fresh Italian is a newly opened fast-casual restaurant in Costa Mesa with assembly-line service reminiscent of Chipotle Mexican Grill. But don't expect south-of-the-border-inspired offerings from the 2,650-square-foot restaurant at 1534 Adams Ave. Patrons first choose one of three entrées: a "burrissimo," pasta bowl or chopped salad bowl. Next comes the choice to add a various assortment of grilled items, sauces, dressings, vegetables and cheeses, to name a few. "It's a word that we created," said Burrissimo owner John Parlet.
By Rhea Mahbubani | December 13, 2012
Stan Frazier can't cook in silence. Depending on his mood, tunes ranging from David Bowie to Slayer and Madonna to Bill Evans can be heard pouring out of his two-story home in Newport Beach. "I need to have music playing when I'm involved in the craft of cooking because it puts me in such a good mindspace," said Frazier, one of the investors in A Restaurant & Market in Newport. "To me, they go so hand-in-hand that the music player needs to be switched on before I even tie my apron.
By Jamie Rowe | November 20, 2012
Want the tryptophan-induced coma without all the work? Here are a few alternatives to preparing your own Thanksgiving meal. * Lobster or turkey Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., offers a three-course menu with items like Maine lobster chowder, slow-basted organic turkey, pumpkin tart and more for $75 for adults and $35 for children younger than 12, plus tax and gratuity. Soup's on from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday. For more information, call (714)
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