Tommy Bahama's newest bar, grill and retail store opened its doors to the public on Saturday, in Laguna Beach.
A traditional ribbon cutting ceremony was conducted by Mayor Elizabeth Pearson, with Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Rose Hancock and Tommy Bahama Big Kahunas Terry Pillow, Rob Goldberg and Brian Pierce at her side.
The ceremony followed a private party the previous night to celebrate the opening.
Building owner Sam Goldstein said Friday that he never doubted the project would come to fruition despite disputes and delays. Goldstein blamed the economic recession for most of the problems encountered in the project.
"But I never lost a night's sleep," Goldstein said.
Not so for his wife, Pam.
"I haven't slept in four years," she said.
The project had been delayed at the start by a difference of opinion between Goldstein and the city's Heritage Committee about what constituted historical restoration.
Built by the same man who donated the land for Heisler Park, the building is E-rated, which means it has exceptional historical value to the city. Goldstein's first proposal to the Heritage Committee was turned down flat.