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October 18, 2013
After 12 years in Laguna Beach, Sundried Tomato American Bistros and Catering is closing. "We have decided not to renew our lease option," managing partner Rob Quest wrote in a prepared statement. "Unfortunately the location no longer fits our model because of its size and overhead. Sunday, Oct. 27, will be our last day of service at that location [361 Forest Ave.]. " The Laguna Beach restaurant is the smallest of Sundried Tomato's existing establishments, which include spots in San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano, the statement said.
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By Cindy Frazier | May 14, 2009
Sssh, don’t tell anyone, but a tug-of-war of words — and money — is being waged over Hush, the super-trendy, super-hip restaurant in Laguna Beach. The restaurant, like most, is now trying to keep its head above water in a down economy, says managing partner Daniel Reyes. But the stagnating mire that faces most merchants these days is nothing compared to the pitched battle over the past couple of years between the restaurant and its previous and current landlord.
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By Joanna Clay | May 8, 2012
Zpizza may keep its doors open at its original location through summer, thanks to an extension granted by its landlord. The pizzeria had anticipated being booted from its location at 30902 Coast Hwy. on April 16, after being told in March that it had 30 days to vacate the space due to its five-year lease option not being exercised . The Laguna Beach spot is the origin of the artisan-style pizza company, which now has restaurants across...
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By Joanna Clay | October 3, 2012
Zpizza is shutting its ovens at its original location in South Laguna on Tuesday, ending a 26-year run there. However, the pizza shop won't be leaving the city where it got its start, Operations Manager Summer Tarango said. Although Zpizza is leaving 30902 Coast Hwy., in seven months it plans to reopen in the same shopping center, where Animal Crackers Pet Rescue is currently located. "We're sorry to see Animal Crackers go, but we're grateful to get the spot," she said. "They do amazing work.
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By Barbara Diamond | July 14, 2006
At least for another year, day laborers can still seek work at the city's designated center in Laguna Canyon. The state Department of Transportation agreed on Monday to lease the state-owned parcel to the city for 12 months. Caltrans had determined that the parcel is not needed for state transportation purposes. "Both Caltrans and the city believe [the lease] is a pragmatic solution, at least in the short term," City Manager Ken Frank said Tuesday. Frank's announcement of the lease during a City Council meeting was greeted with applause and boos from an audience of about 100, more than half of whom advocated closing the center.
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By Joanna Clay | March 29, 2012
Zpizza, whose Laguna Beach roots are integral to its brand, is set to be evicted from its original location, which opened in 1986. After a five-year lease option wasn't exercised, the founding pizza shop — known for its artisan style and healthy ingredients — was told it had 30 days, until April 16, to leave the space it's held for 26 years at 30902 Coast Hwy. Irvine-based Zpizza now has locations in 17 states and in Vietnam, Mexico...
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By Cindy Frazier | September 2, 2010
Nobody ever said it was easy running a restaurant, but the saga of hush, which closed suddenly three weeks ago, is really no piece of cake. Belying its name, hush generated a lot of press almost from the beginning. The restaurant opened with a splash around Valentine's Day 2004 on South Coast Highway in a spot that had housed a much-admired Mark de Palma establishment. Hush had a lot to live up to, and it did. Owner Chuck Rock, a veteran in the restaurant business from as far afield as Aspen, Colo.
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October 18, 2013
After 12 years in Laguna Beach, Sundried Tomato American Bistros and Catering is closing. "We have decided not to renew our lease option," managing partner Rob Quest wrote in a prepared statement. "Unfortunately the location no longer fits our model because of its size and overhead. Sunday, Oct. 27, will be our last day of service at that location [361 Forest Ave.]. " The Laguna Beach restaurant is the smallest of Sundried Tomato's existing establishments, which include spots in San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano, the statement said.
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By Cindy Frazier | May 14, 2009
Sssh, don’t tell anyone, but a tug-of-war of words — and money — is being waged over Hush, the super-trendy, super-hip restaurant in Laguna Beach. The restaurant, like most, is now trying to keep its head above water in a down economy, says managing partner Daniel Reyes. But the stagnating mire that faces most merchants these days is nothing compared to the pitched battle over the past couple of years between the restaurant and its previous and current landlord.
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