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Openings

Pour Vida Latin Flavor has opened in Anaheim’s Center Street Promenade. Owner/executive chef Jimmy Martinez, who previously worked at BOA Steakhouse and 41 Ocean Members Club in Santa Monica, oversees this relaxed Mexican restaurant, whose menu places an emphasis on tacos. The venue also serves up salads, along with fresh-pressed juices, craft beer and wine. Lunch & Dinner daily. Pour Vida Latin Flavor, 185 W. Center Street Promenade, Anaheim, CA 92805, 949-338-2806.
 
TAPS Fish House & Brewery has opened its second Orange County location. The new venue is situated within the sprawl of The Market Place in Irvine. Like its sister OC location in Brea, the restaurant features a menu of steaks and seafood, accompanied by a deep selection of craft beers, including several selections made by their own brewery. The venue will also roll out brunch every Sunday. Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sun. TAPS Fish House & Brewery, The Market Place, 13390 Jamboree Rd., Irvine, CA 92602, 714-619-0404.
 
Sushi Roku, the popular Los Angeles-based sushi concept, has opened its doors in Fashion Island. As the name suggests, the venue serves up sushi and sashimi, along with an eclectic array of specialty rolls. The menu also features modern Japanese fare created with a California influence. Guests can round out their dining experience with a selection from the venue’s beer, wine and sake list. Sushi Roku Newport Beach, Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Dr. Ste 327, Newport Beach, CA 92660, 949-706-3622.
 
Luna Kutsi has opened in downtown Santa Ana, in the space formerly occupied by Memphis at the Santora. The restaurant is serving regional Mexican cuisine that encompasses the different traditions of the country’s eclectic culinary scene, from Baja California to the Yucatan peninsula and all spaces in between. The venue also features cocktails and late-night dining. For more information, visit www.lunakutsi.com. Dinner nightly. Luna Kutsi, 201 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701, no phone.
 
Hopdoddy Burger Bar, the Austin, Texas-based burger and beer restaurant, is opening its first location in Orange County this summer. The eatery will set up shop in Newport Beach’s swanky outdoor shopping center Fashion Island. The menu will be highlighted by a list of burgers featuring all-natural, hormone- and antibiotic-free Black Angus beef, which is grinded in-house. Guests will be able to pair their burgers with a selection from the list of local craft beers. Lunch & Dinner daily. Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Fashion Island, 401 Newport Coast Dr., Ste. 311, Newport Beach, CA 92660, No phone available.
 
Dory Deli has opened its doors next to the Newport Beach pier. The restaurant's name references the area’s historic fish market. It serves up a list of breakfast items and salads, along with a host of traditional and artisanal sandwiches, including several vegetarian offerings. The eatery also features a wine and beer list highlighted by the presence of several local craft brews. Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner daily. Dory Deli, 2108 3/4 West Oceanfront, Newport Beach, CA 92663, 949-220-7886.
 
Amar Santana, executive chef and owner of Laguna Beach’s Broadway by Amar Santana, has announced plans for a second restaurant. The new venue, Vaca, is slated to open in summer 2015 across the way from South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. The restaurant marks a return to Costa Mesa for Santana, who built up a solid following among dining patrons as executive chef at Charlie Palmer’s at Bloomingdale’s South Coast Plaza. Vaca, 695 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, no phone.
 
Cucina Enoteca has rolled out a second Orange County location Cucina Enoteca has rolled out a second Orange County location, in Newport Beach’s famed shopping center Fashion Island. Like the original OC space, the new space features an array of rustic Italian cuisine and an extensive list of wines that may be purchased at retail prices. Cucina Enoteca, Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660, 949-706-1416.
 

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News Bytes

Tastes of the Ocean Discovery Menu at Stonehill Tavern
Stonehill Tavern, the flagship restaurant at the St. Regis Monarch Beach, is featuring a Tastes of the Ocean Discovery menu through July 31. Executive chef Raj Dixit has put together a six-course tasting menu highlighting various sections of the Pacific Coast and the bounty of flavors that it holds. Select dishes include Pacific Dungeness crab meat with sweet corn flan, porcini mushrooms and black truffle dashi; wild salmon with spring peas and cucumber; and caviar with cherry blossom meringue, birch syrup, sunchoke cream and single-origin vanilla bean. The cost of the menu is $165 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Stonehill Tavern, St. Regis Resort, Monarch Beach, One Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, CA 92629, 949-234-3200, 800-722-1543.
 
Sunday Suppers at SOCIAL Costa Mesa
SOCIAL Costa Mesa hosts special Sunday Supper menus. Executive chef Jeffrey Boullt taps into his Southern roots by crafting a hearty weekly menu that emphasizes flavors and ingredients from the region, such as Cajun-style fried chicken and ham and cheddar biscuits. Bar director Mike West will also be creating fresh craft cocktails to pair with the dishes. SOCIAL Costa Mesa, 512 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa, CA 92627, 949-642-2425.
 
Jazz Brunch at Scott’s Restaurant & Bar
Scott’s Restaurant & Bar brings the worlds of cuisine and music together by hosting a jazz brunch. This weekly gathering, co-hosted by 88.1 KJAZZ FM on-air personality Bubba Jackson and Scott’s General Manager Robert Redaelli, allows guests to unwind by enjoying live jazz music from talented artists. Select dishes include eggs Benedict with Dungeness crab; pulled pork pancakes with bourbon maple syrup, butternut squash and fried egg; and brioche French toast. Guests can also indulge in various brunch cocktails, as well as a Bloody Mary bar. Scott's Restaurant & Bar Sunday Jazz Brunch, South Coast Plaza, 3300 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 714-979-2400.
 
Unpretentious Wine Thursdays at Bourbon Street
Bourbon Street hosts Unpretentious Wine Thursdays, a monthly get-together designed to take the perceived starch out of wine tasting. Guests gather in the downtown Fullerton restaurant’s heated outdoor patio to enjoy pairings of wines from a selected vintner with the restaurant’s Cajun-inspired contemporary fare. The cost of the event is $20, and is slated to run from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. The event occurs on the third Thursday of the month. Bourbon Street, 110 E. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, CA 92832, 714-626-0050.
 


Chef Shuffle

Executive chef Vincent Lesage has departed the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach. The chef, who had taken the helm from longtime resort chef Josef Lageder last year, has accepted a position as executive chef as the resort’s sister property, Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara. Rachel Haggstrom, who was Lesage’s chef de cuisine, has officially been appointed as the property’s new executive chef, where she will oversee its two main eateries, Waterline and A + O Kitchen & Bar. Waterline, Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, CA 92663, 949-630-4145.
 
Scott Brandon is no longer the executive chef at Fireside An American Tavern. No reasons for his departure was announced. The Costa Mesa venue, which is housed inside the Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa hotel, has not named a replacement chef. Fireside An American Tavern, Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa Orange County, 3131 S. Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 714-913-9061.
 

 

Closings

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Pinot Provence in Costa Mesa has closed its doors, after serving French cuisine for 18 years. The restaurant, which was located within the Westin South Coast Plaza, served its final meal June 19. No plans for a replacement venue have been announced. Pinot Provence, The Westin South Coast Plaza, South Coast Plaza, 686 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, no phone.
 
Charlie Palmer’s at Bloomingdale’s South Coast Plaza has closed Charlie Palmer’s at Bloomingdale’s South Coast Plaza closed its doors after a seven-year run. The restaurant had been one of the culinary flagships of the famed Costa Mesa shopping center. It will be replaced with gourmet burger concept Holstein’s Shakes & Buns. The new eatery, whose original location is in The Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, is slated to open late summer. Charlie Palmer's at Bloomingdale's South Coast Plaza, South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, no phone.
 
Lark Creek Newport Beach at Fashion Island in Newport Beach has shuttered. This was the first foray into Orange County for the San Francisco-based Lark Creek Restaurant Group. Lark Creek Newport Beach, Fashion Island, 957 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660, no phone.
 
The downtown Huntington Beach location of RA Sushi has closed. No reason was given for its closure, and there have been no announced plans for a replacement venue to operate in its former space. RA Sushi’s Tustin location, located at The District at Tustin Legacy, remains open for business. RA Sushi, 155 5th St., Ste. 183, Huntington Beach, CA 92648, no phone.
 
Harlow’s has closed its doors. The restaurant, which was located away from the tourist-fueled section of San Juan Capistrano, did not give a reason behind its shuttering. There have been no announced plans to replace the now-abandoned space with a new dining concept. Harlow's, 31111 Rancho Viejo Rd., San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, no phone.
 
Nieuport 17 served its last meal to customers March 31, 2015. The venerable aviation-themed Tustin restaurant, which has been known for its Continental cuisine, closed its doors after 45 years of service, due to a decline in business. No future plans for the restaurant’s building have been announced. Nieuport 17, 13051 Newport Ave., Tustin, CA 92780, no phone.
 

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