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January 06, 2011

New Rock'n Fish locale opens in Laguna

Rock'n Fish, a steak and seafood restaurant, has opened a new location at the Heisler Building in Laguna Beach, according to owners Michael Zislis and Jim Donegan.

Seeking to open a restaurant in Laguna Beach near his home, Donegan (an investor in the other two Rock'n Fish locations) partnered with Zislis to open the new location after working at the Rock'n Fish L.A. Live for the last two years.


The new 6,000-square-foot, 200 guest-capacity restaurant will feature designs selected for the Laguna Beach locale. To create a neighborhood atmosphere, Zislis and Donegan engaged local artisans to craft custom-made artwork to adorn the interior. In addition, they added a wine cellar dining area that can accommodate up to 50 guests for private events.

Built in Manhattan Beach in 2000 on the site of the legendary Hibachi Restaurant, the original Rock'n Fish and the subsequent Rock'n Fish at L.A. Live carry on Hibachi traditions with favorites like the Navy Grog, Teriyaki Chicken and Sticky Rice. The new Laguna Beach Rock'n Fish will feature an American Regional Menu, using high-quality meats and fresh fish, brought in daily from local purveyors and grilled over 100% red oak. Highlights of the menu include Kapalua rib-eye in a 72-hour pineapple marinade with "Hibachi" teriyaki, hot and sweet New Orleans barbecue shrimp over sticky rice, and oak-grilled artichoke.

Rock'n Fish, at 422 S. Coast Hwy., is open daily at 5 p.m. with dinner service until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday with the bar open until midnight nightly. Lunch service is set to begin at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 15, according to spokeswoman Jennifer Mitzkus. For more information, visit

Chamber sponsors upcoming events

The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Leadership Luncheon on from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25 at the Hotel Laguna. RSVP by Jan. 15. Members, $40; nonmembers, $50.

The Chamber will hold its annual Spirit of Laguna Awards and Installation Dinner from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28 at Tivoli Too, 777 Laguna Canyon Road. Tickets are $75. For more information about either event, call (949) 494-1018.

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