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NEW RESTAURANTS IN ORANGE COUNTY

 

Bourbon Steak is now open in Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point Bourbon Steak, Michael Mina’s highly anticipated ocean-view restaurant, is now open in Dana Point’s Monarch Beach Resort. It occupies the space formerly home to Mina’s previous OC venue, Stonehill Tavern. Executive chef Bryan Brown oversees the Mina concept, which serves modern steakhouse fare with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients and strong purveyor partnerships. The cocktail program features a mix of classic and craft libations. Bourbon Steak also has outposts in other major metropolitan areas like Los Angeles, Washington DC, Miami and Nashville. Dinner nightly. Bourbon Steak, Monarch Beach Resort, 1 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, CA 92629, 949-234-3900.
 
Hockey Hall of Famer-turned-OC-restaurateur Teemu Selanne has unveiled a second dining concept. The venue, named Teemu Selanne Presents The Penalty Box, is slated to open this fall along with its host, the shipping container food hall SteelCraft Garden Grove. The restaurant will offer a substantially more casual eating experience than his upscale Laguna Beach spot, Selanne Steak Tavern. The menu is poised to feature burgers, hot dogs, shakes and several secret items.
 
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.
 
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

 

Joel Harrington has parted ways with Lido Bottle Works. Taking the reins of the popular Newport Beach restaurant and public house is Amy Lebrun, who had been the venue’s sous chef since it opened its doors in the Spring of 2017. Prior to joining the Lido team, Lebrun made her Orange County bones at resorts like The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel and The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach. Lido Bottle Works, 3408 Via Oporto, Ste. 103, Newport Beach, CA 92663, 949-529-2784.
 

 

ORANGE COUNTY RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

 

CLOSED FOR GOOD
Take your taste buds on a walk down memory lane! Check out our exclusive closed restaurant database for Orange County to virtually visit your favorite dining spots from yesteryear. Aqua, R.I.P.

ESPN Zone (1545 Disneyland Dr.) and Rainforest Cafe (1515 S. Disneyland Dr.), two dining mainstays of Downtown Disney in Anaheim, are going to be closing their doors by June 30, 2018. The venues, which have been culinary cornerstones of the dining, retail and entertainment complex since it opened in 2001, will be shuttering along with other stores to make room for a yet-to-be-named 700-room hotel. Construction of the hotel, which will cover 17 acres, will commence in July. ESPN Zone and Rainforest Cafe, Downtown Disney, 1545 Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, CA 92802, 714-300-3776.
 
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.
 


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