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Local businesses shutting their doors

Laguna Beach Auto to close soon while Katsuya closed Monday.

March 07, 2013|By Bryce Alderton
(DON LEACH )

More local businesses are set to shutter their doors or already have.

Laguna Beach Auto Supply and Hardware will close within the next few months, said Jordan Piper, daughter of the late Jerry Piper, who opened the family business in Laguna Beach 31 years ago. Jerry Piper died last December at age 60.

"We love having the business, but it's a time commitment and we don't have the personnel," Jordan Piper said. "It was Jerry's passion."

He opened the original store on Broadway Street and then moved to the current Coast Highway location about 15 years ago, Piper said. The store sells a range of items, including filters, brake pads, rotors, light bulbs, gardening supplies and antique auto parts.

Piper said a specific closing date has not been set.

"We have a lot of inventory to go through," she said.

Customers can get 30% off items in stock.

Piper said a family friend, her mom and sister have helped run the business since Jerry's death.

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The store is located at 1796 South Coast Highway.

Earlier this week, Katsuya by Starck, a Japanese restaurant along Coast Highway, closed following Monday's dinner service.

A receptionist confirmed the news midday Monday.

"While the restaurant enjoyed nearly two years of success in the community, sbe is pursuing a new Orange County location for the brand," according to a statement from sbe Entertainment Group, of which Katsuya is a part.

"Despite the closure, sbe remains committed to the Laguna Beach community through its partnership in the Umami Burger property as well as its desire to find future Laguna Beach locations for its hotel, restaurant and nightlife brands," the statement read.

The company would not give a specific reason for the closure, according to Robbie McKay, sbe's vice president of communications.

Katsuya, known for its crispy rice with spicy tuna and black cod marinated in jalapeño and miso, opened in July 2011. The restaurant is named for head chef Katsuya Uechi, and has seven other locations, including spots in Glendale, Hollywood and Brentwood.

The sbe Entertainment Group also includes The Bazaar by José Andrés in the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills and Cleo, a Mediterranean restaurant inside The Redbury Hotel in Hollywood.

The city's planning department had not received any applications for the space at 858 S. Coast Highway as of Thursday morning, Planning Manager Ann Larson said.

Meanwhile, a family-owned window and glass repair store is closing at the end of this month.

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