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By Steve Virgen | August 1, 2012
Jose Alonso had mixed emotions Tuesday night. The El Torito Grill head chef was happy to still have a job, but sad to see that a big part of his life was shutting down, as it was the Newport Beach location's last day of operation after 26 years at the location. Alonso started working at the El Torito at Fashion Island 23 years ago, when he cleaned the restaurant. Two weeks after he was hired, he said he was promoted to prepare for the cooks. After three years of prep, he moved to a spot on the line, where he worked for another three years until he became the second chef.
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NEWS
By Sarah Peters | June 5, 2012
Flame Broiler, Taco Bell, AutoZone and NuVision Federal Credit Union will take up vacancies in a new retail hub on Harbor Boulevard, the developer confirmed this week. The businesses will stand alongside the recently opened Sonic, Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market and Chick-fil-A on a 10-acre area near the 405 (San Diego) Freeway offramp, between Gisler Avenue and Nutmeg Place. Renovations are also being completed to an existing McDonald's, liquor store and laundromat also on site.
NEWS
By Candice Baker | April 28, 2009
Newport Beach’s best and brightest high school seniors learned tips for their future lives and careers Tuesday from a man who taught the world to “Think Outside the Bun.” Greg Creed, president of Taco Bell Corporation, was the guest speaker at the annual Scholarship Awards Breakfast, which honors 30 of the most outstanding students from Corona del Mar and Newport Harbor high schools. Creed told the students that when hiring, he looks for people who are “smart with heart.
BUSINESS
By Daniel Tedford | July 4, 2008
The story of how Daniel Biello and Randy Wyner came together to create Chronic Tacos isn’t the type one might use to inspire children to be future entrepreneurs. Biello and Wyner, some six years ago, decided to create the taco shop after a long night out in Newport Beach left them hungry. After leaving a bar, Biello pointed out a small shop in the center at Superior Avenue and West Coast Highway. The story differs from there between the high school friends, but the conclusion was the same – a taco shop would be perfect.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | July 29, 2009
Nothing goes with the carne asada at Chronic Tacos on West Coast Highway like an ice-cold beer. But it doesn’t go down so well when it comes with a side order of outraged citizenry. Concerned with what they believe is a glut of bars in West Newport, a group of residents has blocked Chronic Tacos’ plans to expand its small take-out taco operation at 4525 W. Coast Hwy. to serve beer and include a sit-down dining area with 15 flat-screen TVs. “Chronic Tacos wants to paint it like, ‘Hey, we want to be this friendly neighborhood restaurant, but they want to serve pitchers of beer and have flat-screen TVs — people don’t just go to those establishments to get a taco and leave.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams, lauren.williams@latimes.com | August 11, 2011
Costa Mesa police said they arrested the final suspect, a minor, in an attempted carjacking by gang members that sent a Newport Beach man to the hospital. In all, six minors ranging in age from 14 to 17 and Juan Carlos Juarez, 18, of Orange, were arrested on suspicion of pulling the victim from his car and beating him before attempting to steal the car, police said in a news release Wednesday night. On Aug. 2, the man was eating at the Del Taco at 1720 Superior Ave., when the group of suspected Varrio El Modena gang members from Orange approached him, flashed gang signs, a handgun and threatened to kill him, according to police.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | February 20, 2009
Over the course of 20 years, Wahoo’s Fish Taco has grown from a little taco place in Costa Mesa owned by three Chinese brothers from Brazil who loved to surf to a chain with more than 50 locations in four states. “I didn’t think it would go beyond one store,” Mingo Lee said, one of the co-founders of the surfing-themed fish taco chain. “We didn’t have any idea other than flipping tacos and occasionally surfing — we don’t surf as much these days.
NEWS
April 7, 2003
Taco Mesa is small business of the year Orange Coast College leaders have honored Costa Mesa restaurant Taco Mesa as the small business of the year for 2002. Taco Mesa was honored at a Wednesday small-business expo, the fourth of its kind. "We're the lucky ones to receive this award," said Ivan Calderon, who founded the restaurant with his brother Marco. "Part of what made them pick Taco Mesa has to do with our mission to be at the leading edge of hospitality for Mexican food."
BUSINESS
By Brianna Bailey | December 18, 2009
Teenagers from Estancia High School flock to Taco Dawg’s blue and chrome lunch truck, which is parked outside an office building near the school each Friday at lunch time, to buy hot dogs and tacos slathered with toppings like gochujang sauce and French fried onions. The brainchild of 30-year-old Costa Mesa entrepreneur James Foxall, or “Fox” as his friends call him, Taco Dawg is gaining a following among high school students at lunch hour, as well as late-night bargoers and office workers looking to grab lunch on the go. When his taco truck rolls from one roadside spot to another, Foxall sends out messages via Twitter.
NEWS
August 12, 2002
THE PLACE Taco Mesa THE JUDGE Paul Clinton, Daily Pilot politics and environment reporter THE MEAL Blackened chicken breast burrito (awarded Sunset Magazine's "Best of the West" in 1996) with a Cantaloupe-melon agua frescas, a natural fruit drink. SPEED The Calderon family runs this wildly popular lunch spot with an impressive efficiency. Even with busy lunch crowds packing the W. 19th Street restaurant from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., you'll still get your food in 10 minutes or less.
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