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August 2015 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS


Openings

Jason’s By the Circle has opened near Old Town Orange, appropriately a few blocks east of the neighborhood’s iconic Orange Circle. The eatery marks a return to restaurants for Orange County restaurateur, chef and caterer Jason Kordas, whose resume includes cooking for President Clinton and operating Jason’s Downtown in Santa Ana. The venue features a globally inspired contemporary menu with an emphasis on Mediterranean flavors. Lunch & Dinner daily. Jason's By the Circle, 513 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, CA 92866, 714-347-1130.
 
Osteria Vicario in Santa Ana will feature two patios where guests can enjoy pasta and wood-fired pizzas. There will also be an Italian delicatessen and market. Osteria Vicario, 1002 W. Third St., Santa Ana, CA 92703, No phone.
 

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Chef Shuffle

Chef de cuisine Aron Habiger has parted ways with The North Left. Habiger, who helped open the restaurant with executive chef Ryan Adams, is said to be moving on to Los Angeles. In a sense, this marks the second time that Habiger has departed from this particular downtown Santa Ana address --- he was previously the executive chef at The Crosby, the restaurant that occupied the location prior to The North Left. No word of a replacement has been made. The North Left, 400 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701, 714-543-3543.
 
The Costa Mesa restaurant Pueblo and executive chef Michael Campbell have parted ways. No reason was given for the chef’s departure from the eatery, which is located in the popular OC Mix at South Coast Collection shopping center. No replacement chef has been named. Pueblo, OC Mix at South Coast Collection, 3321 Hyland Ave., Ste. D, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 714-340-5775.
 
Greg Moro has taken on the role of executive chef at Chapter One: The Modern Local. The downtown Santa Ana eatery marks the latest stop for the veteran Orange County chef, whose resume includes stints at former OC dining stalwarts French 75, Neuport 17 and Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale’s South Coast Plaza. Chapter One: The Modern Local New Chef, 227 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701, 714-352-2225.
 

 

Closings

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Z’Tejas in South Coast Plaza has announced it is closing. The modest chain restaurant, which was known for its approachable take on Southwestern cuisine, will be serving its last lunch and dinner on August 29, 2015. Plans for a replacement restaurant have not been announced. Z'Tejas, South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 714-979-7469.
 
Watson’s Drug Store has temporarily shuttered for renovations after an ownership change. The iconic café and soda fountain, whose storefront has been a fixture on the Orange Circle since 1899, will embark on a top-to-bottom renovation that is slated to yield an expanded soda jerk counter, refurbished furniture and a selection of craft beer. Watson's Drug Store, 116 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, CA 92866, 714-633-1050.
 
Tabu Grill has closed its doors after 11 years of serving up contemporary cuisine. The south Laguna Beach restaurant acknowledged an increase in stellar local competition in the wake of the recent recession as one of the factors in their closure. No future plans have been made for the former restaurant’s compact space. Tabu Grill, 2892 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, CA 92651, no phone.
 

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