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NEW RESTAURANTS IN ORANGE COUNTY

 

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.
 
TAPS Fish House & Brewery is opening TAPS Brewery & Barrel Room, a full-scale production brewery and tasting room in Tustin. Unlike its popular Brea and Irvine restaurants, TAPS’ new 1,900-square-foot venture will be casual and primarily focus on its award-winning and pioneering craft beers, with 16 dedicated TAPS beers on tap. The brews will be accompanied by an approachable food truck-style menu. The property is slated to debut in January 2018. TAPS Brewery & Barrel Room, 15501 Red Hill Ave., Tustin, CA 92780, no phone.
 
Center 360 is Patina Restaurant Group’s latest Orange County dining venture. It is located within the new Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Executive chef Greg Stillman, who also helms the kitchen at the neighboring Patina Restaurant Group spot Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge, oversees a menu anchored by Southern California cuisine made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Center 360, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 714-556-2122.
 
Shuttered Italian restaurant Prego is reopening in The District at Tustin Legacy. The eatery had been serving its sophisticated regional Italian cuisine in Irvine’s original business district for 31 years before closing its doors this past February. While no specific date has been announced for its debut, it has been confirmed that Ugo Allesina is returning as executive chef. Prego, The District at Tustin Legacy, 2409 Park Ave., Tustin, CA 92782, no phone.
 

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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.
 


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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.
 
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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