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Orange County, CA Restaurant News

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NEW RESTAURANTS IN ORANGE COUNTY

 

Oak Laguna Beach serves coastal California comfort food Rustic yet modern eatery Oak Laguna Beach is now open. Located at the southern end of the city’s bustling downtown area, the venue strives to connect with the community through a relaxed vibe and a menu of contemporary California comfort cuisine as assembled by well-traveled chef Chris Tzorin. Guests can expect dishes ranging from pork shoulder tacos and burgers to fried chicken and seared king salmon. Dinner nightly. Oak Laguna Beach, 1100 S. Coast Hwy., Ste. 202, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, 949-940-3010.
 
Restaurant/brewery hybrid Congregation Ale House is opening its first Orange County location in downtown Santa Ana. It’s slated to debut around Halloween 2017. Like the three other L.A. County outposts, the place will offer an array of burgers, pizzas and more assorted American bar food. An abundance of beer will also flow, in the form of local craft brews and Congregation’s own concoctions. Congregation Ale House, 201 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701, no phone.
 
Taco Brat, the Mexican-German hybrid concept hatched by former Umami Burger chef Thomas Curran, is now open in Costa Mesa. As the name suggests, the so-called “GerMexican” venue offers up a menu featuring several tacos and house-made sausages. Guests can also explore dishes that marry the two culinary motifs, such as nacho chips topped with fried potato pancakes, green onion cream, bacon and esquites. Wine, beer and craft cocktails are served. Lunch & Dinner daily. Taco Brat, 2101 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA 92627, 657-346-2005.
 

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NOTEWORTHY ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Marché Moderne relocates to Newport Beach Marché Moderne Re-Opens in New Location
Marché Moderne, the French restaurant from owner/chefs Florent and Amelia Marneauin, has relocated to Newport Coast’s Crystal Cove Shopping Center, in the space formerly occupied by Tamarind of London. The new locale rubs shoulders with such luxe dining venues as Bluefin and Maestro’s Ocean Club. Marché Moderne, Crystal Cove Shopping Center, 7862 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, CA 92657, 714-434-7900.
 


UPDATES ON OC CHEFS

 

Executive chef Manny Gonzalez has departed TAPS Fish House & Brewery, wrapping up a ten-year tenure at the downtown Brea venue. No replacement chef has been named. Gonzalez has taken over the helm as the executive chef at seafood-centric Dana Point restaurant Waterman’s Harbor. TAPS Fish House & Brewery, 101 E. Imperial Hwy., Brea, CA 92821, 714-257-0101.
 
Javier Montoya has replaced Tim Doolittle as executive chef at Bistango. The change marks a homecoming for Montoya, who returns to the Irvine establishment after a three-year absence. Montoya will oversee the preparation of the venue's menu of steaks and New American cuisine. Bistango, The Atrium Building, 19100 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, CA 92612, 949-752-5222.
 
Steve Kling has moved on from his position as executive chef of Five Crowns and SideDoor. Kling leaves his post at the Corona Del Mar eatery to helm the kitchen at the seafood-centric restaurant Waterman’s Harbor in Dana Point. Taking over for Kling at both venues will be Anthony Endy, whose résumé includes stints as chef-partner for Paul Martin’s American Grill and executive chef at the Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe in Santa Barbara. Five Crowns & SideDoor, 3801 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Corona Del Mar, CA 92625, 949-760-0331.
 

 

ORANGE COUNTY RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

 

CLOSED FOR GOOD
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Big Fish Tavern has closed its doors after being bought out by a competing restaurant group. The eatery, which was known for its numerous seafood options, second-story dining space and patio views of downtown Laguna Beach, had been in business for the past three years. No official announcement of a replacement restaurant has been made. Big Fish Tavern, 540 S. Coast Hwy., #200, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, no phone.
 
Anaheim White House is projected to re-open in October 2017 Chef/owner Bruno Serato's restaurant, Anaheim White House, suffered a fire on Saturday, February 4, 2017. The restaurant is currently undergoing construction and is projected to re-open in October 2017Read more on GAYOT. Anaheim White House, 887 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92805, 714-772-1381.
 
Downtown Brea eatery Lillie’s Q has temporarily closed its doors. The shuttering is linked to the construction of a parking structure, which is being built on the grounds of a parking lot adjacent to the venue. The restaurant, known for its Carolina-style barbecue and Southern-inspired fare, will reopen in conjunction with the construction project’s completion, which is slated to occur in December 2017. Lillie's Q, 240 S. Brea Blvd., Brea, CA 92821, 714-482-2001.
 


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