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July 2011 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS


Openings

Amar Santana, the former executive chef at Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's South Coast Plaza, is opening up his own restaurant concept in Laguna Beach. The venue, Broadway by Amar Santana, will feature a sleek metropolitan look designed to capture the feel of Santana's native New York, and will have a menu highlighted by a blend of New American favorites and more adventurous small plates. The restaurant is slated to open in September. Broadway By Amar Santana, 328 Glenneyre St., Laguna Beach, CA 92651, no phone available.
 
Brea will be welcoming Two 40 South Restaurant and Wine Bar to their downtown dining and shopping area in August. Named after its address, the restaurant will be serving up brick-oven artisan pizzas along with a host of small plates, which will feature cuisine that executive chef Jacko Ourfalian has dubbed "farm-to-table Californian." Additionally, the venue will feature high-end wines and a small selection of rare, expensive bottles, including an 1862 Madeira that was produced when Abraham Lincoln was president. The venue will also sell wine, olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars from its in-house retail area. For further information, visit www.two40south.com. Two 40 South Restaurant and Wine Bar, 240 South Brea Blvd., Brea, CA 92821, 714-912-1053.
 

News Bytes

http://www.gayot.com/newhotels/OrangeCountyCAInfo.php?tag=OCHOT051101&code=OC Summer Fun at Island Hotel
Island Hotel Newport Beach has two ways to enjoy the weekend this summer. On Friday evenings from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. enjoy half-priced food and drinks at the resort's poolside Palapa Bar. Nosh on appetizers like shrimp, jumbo Alaskan crab claws and Hawaiian-style ahi poke. On Sundays, bring the kids to a pool party and barbecue. Play in the pool from 3 p.m.-5 p.m., then load up on the family-friendly barbecue buffet, which is offered from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. The cost is $34 per person for adults, and $12 for kids 12 and under (complimentary for children 5 and under). The pricing excludes tax and gratuity. For information, call 949-760-4920. Island Hotel Newport Beach, 690 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660, 949-759-0808.
 
Tastes of the Summer at The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar
The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar has introduced a special summer dinner menu. The unique items found on this menu, which will be available in conjunction with the restaurant's regular menu, have been crafted by executive chef Yvon Goetz to highlight the tastes of the season. Singular selections include Santa Barbara heirloom tomatoes served with fresh Burrata cheese and micro arugula, Sonoma free range chicken risotto with wild mushroom and fresh soy beans in a cabernet reduction, and an organic fruit and almond cobbler served with Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream. For more information on the summer menu, please visit www.thewineryrestaurant.com. The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar, The District at Tustin Legacy, 2647 Park Ave., Tustin, CA 92782, 714-258-7600.
 
Sunday Prime Rib Dinners at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Every Sunday in July and August, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Newport Beach is offering a Sunday prime rib dinner for $29.95 per guest. Seating is limited. Reservations are recommended. Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Fashion Island, 455 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660, 949-720-9633.
 


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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.

Sorrento Grille is closing its doors August 31, after 23 years of operating in downtown Laguna Beach. However, an important piece of it will continue to live on in its space, as the venue's executive chef Ryan Adams has announced plans to launch a new eatery called The Common Table in the same facility. The new restaurant is slated to open in late September. Sorrento Grille, 370 Glenneyre St., Laguna Beach, CA 92651, 949-494-8686.
 

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