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March 2016 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS


Openings

Watson’s Drug Store, the iconic diner and general store in Orange’s historic Orange Circle, has reopened for business under the slightly altered name Watson’s Soda Fountain & Café. Though recast with a more stylized patina of wood and marble, the eatery is whipping up malts and shakes just like those made at its 1915 opening, although some are now infused with spirits. Guests can also order up an array of breakfast items, sandwiches, soups, and contemporary comfort-food entrees. Watson’s Soda Fountain & Café, 116 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, CA 92866, 714-363-3773.
 
The build-your-own-slider concept Hatch is slated to open in late March 2016. The new Tustin restaurant, which is located in the Union Market Tustin retail complex within The District shopping center, will provide patrons the opportunity to mix and match different proteins, cheeses and buns to create an array of hand-held combinations. Guests can also indulge in small bites and sides such as fries and wings to accompany their sliders. The venue will also serve craft beers and Tiki drinks. Lunch & Dinner daily. Hatch, Union Market Tustin, 2493 Park Ave., Tustin, CA 92782, 657-208-2088.
 
Indian restaurant ADYA has announced the opening of a second outlet in Orange County, expected to debut this summer. While the restaurant’s first location is in the Anaheim Packing District, the next installment will feed guests at Irvine’s University Center retail and shopping complex. The eatery will feature executive chef/owner Shachi Mehra’s interpretations on classic and contemporary Indian cuisine, including street food, rich curries, and tandoori specialties. ADYA, University Center, 4213 Campus Drive, Irvine, CA 92612, no phone.
 

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Chef Shuffle

Chris Tzorin has parted ways with Kutsi Cocina in Santa Ana. The downtown Santa Ana eatery has announced that Luis Fernandez will take the reins of the kitchen. A native of Uruapan in Michoacan, Mexico, Fernandez aims to craft a menu of traditional and modern regional Mexican cuisine with a touch of American and Spanish influence. Chef Tzorin has moved on to become executive chef at Brea’s Tempo Urban Kitchen. Kutsi Cocina, Santora Building, 201 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701, 714-564-1616.
 

 

Closings

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