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Orange County, CA Restaurant News

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NEW RESTAURANTS IN ORANGE COUNTY

 

The Bay Area-based Mediterranean food truck-turned-brick and mortar eatery Sajj has opened its first Orange County outpost. Located in Rancho Santa Margarita, the fast-casual restaurant offers a range of wraps, bowls and pita sandwiches that are fully customizable via a “build-your-own” concept. The restaurant also serves up a host of vegetarian-friendly accompaniments as well as all-ages beverages featuring ingredients like mint and tamarind. Lunch & Dinner daily. Sajj, 22245 El Paseo, Ste. A, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688, 949-709-7779.
 
Wreckless in downtown Fullerton serves up craft cocktails and approachable American cuisine created by Cody Storts, the veteran OC chef who left his mark at North OC venues like Salt & Ash, Grits Fullerton and HopScotch. Dinner nightly. Wreckless, 136 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, CA 92832, 714-519-3179.
 
Olea is the latest eatery from veteran OC restaurateur Russ Bendel. While the venue’s address is technically on Westcliff Drive in Newport Beach, it’s situated on the edge of Costa Mesa’s white-hot 17th Street strip, on the border of Newport Beach and Costa Mesa’s hip East Bay neighborhood. The restaurant joins San Clemente’s Vine and Laguna Hills’ Ironwood as part of Bendel’s family of dining concepts. Like the two sister spots, guests can expect seasonally focused wine country-inspired cuisine, crafted under the guidance of executive chef Jared Cook. Craft beers, signature cocktails and a globally charged wine list round out the experience. Olea, 2001 Westcliff Dr., Ste. 100, Newport Beach, CA 92660, 949-287-6807.
 
Amar Santana, the executive chef-owner of Broadway by Amar Santana and Vaca, is launching his third Orange County culinary concept. The new venture, named The Hall, is a globally-inspired food hall and marketplace set inside South Coast Plaza. The venue marks a return to the legendary shopping center for the one-time "Top Chef" finalist, who worked at the former Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale’s before embarking on his semi-eponymous eatery. The Hall is scheduled to open at the tail-end of 2018. The Hall, South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, no phone.
 

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NOTEWORTHY ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

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UPDATES ON OC CHEFS

 

Tim Goodell is no longer the chef at Royal Hen, the intimate bistro-esque gastropub located on Balboa Island’s main drag. No replacement chef has been announced. Royal Hen, 311 Marine Ave., Newport Beach, CA 92662, 949-873-5603.
 

 

ORANGE COUNTY RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

 

CLOSED FOR GOOD
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Mick’s Karma Bar has closed its doors. The Irvine quick-service venue specialized in creating artisanal burgers and craft brews. No replacement occupant for the space has been announced. Mick's Karma Bar, 2010 Main St., Irvine, CA 92614, no phone.
 
Onotria in Costa Mesa has shuttered after a 12-year run. The restaurant, which was known for serving upscale, chef-driven seasonal Italian cuisine roughly a mile south of South Coast Plaza, closed its doors due to an ongoing land dispute. No replacement venue for the eatery’s now-abdicated spot has been announced. Onotria, 2831 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, no phone.
 
The Crab Cooker in Newport Beach has announced a temporary closure due to a necessary building demolition and rebuild. The venue’s iconic red structure, which has been luring tourists along the bustling Balboa Peninsula for years, is being torn down due to structural damage caused by construction mishaps related to an adjacent condominium development. The demolition is slated to begin the first half of 2018, and the restaurant is targeting a 2019 reopening in its new building. The Crab Cooker, 2200 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, CA 92663, 949-673-0100.
 
Restaurant Marin, the upscale diner concept in Costa Mesa’s South Coast Collection center, has closed its doors. The venue, which is a sister of the SOCO restaurant ARC Food & Libations, will be transformed into a casual pizza restaurant dubbed Arc Wood-Fired Pizza. Owners Marin and Noah Von Blom have plans to incorporate Marin’s popular breakfast menu as part of Arc Butcher & Baker, a new restaurant and retail shop planned to open in Newport Beach in 2018. Restaurant Marin, South Coast Collection, 3321 Hyland Ave., Ste. G, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, no phone.
 


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