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June 2, 2013
No injuries were reported after a small fire broke out Saturday afternoon at Mozambique in Laguna Beach. The cause of the fire, which started around 3:34 p.m. behind a wall "in a subspace area on the second floor" of the restaurant at 1740 S. Coast Hwy., is still under investigation, Laguna Beach Fire Department Division Chief Api Weinert wrote in an email. "...as of now it does not appear to be suspicious or related to the construction being done on site," he said. Damages are estimated at about $10,000, he added.
NEWS
November 3, 2011
Recently, I stopped by Mozambique to check out the stage and sound system because our band, Close Enough, has been invited to play there from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 11 for the early bird session. Having been a past resident of Laguna Beach (living at Bluebird and Summit), I know very well to look for parking signage, which I did. Seeing none, I parked at the corner of Bluebird and Glenneyre. I parked on the east side of Glenneyre facing north and was the first vehicle on the corner. As I walked to the restaurant, I once again scanned the street for parking signage and seeing none I felt good about my parking choice (a full block away)
NEWS
June 18, 2010
Mozambique restaurant got back the hour it lost less than a month ago, not by a time change, but by a council edict. The City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to extend the hours of operation at the restaurant to midnight Sunday through Thursday this summer, reversing the May 18 decision to make the closing hour 11 p.m. The trial period is a sink-or-swim test for the restaurant owner. "This is a test to see if Mozambique can be a good neighbor," said restaurant spokesman Marc Hines.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | September 23, 2010
Mayor Pro Tem Toni Iseman and City Councilman Kelly Boyd will chair a meeting at 2 p.m. today at Mozambique to discuss ways to resolve complaints from the restaurant's Woods Cove neighbors. The council voted 3 to 2 Tuesday to allow the extended hours requested by the restaurant owner and vehemently opposed by some of the neighbors to continue until December while discussions are underway. "We have to fix this," Mayor Pro Tem Iseman said. One solution proposed is resident-only parking.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | May 20, 2010
The City Council on Tuesday approved measures to mitigate a local restaurant’s proposed late-night hours of operation, but curtailed the hours for which the mitigation was intended. Mitigation measures worked out in meetings between operators of Mozambique restaurant and impacted Woods Cove neighbors were submitted for incorporation into the modified conditional-use permit approved for the restaurant in January. The modifications extended the nighttime operations by an hour and were subject to the review Tuesday, at which a council majority voted against the extension.
FEATURES
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | June 9, 2006
The upstairs area at the former Tortilla Flats, home of Taco Tuesday, has been transformed from cantina to shebeen. Both shebeens and cantinas were originally poor men's drinking places ? but they're nothing of the sort here. The word "shebeen" originally described an illicit bar or club in Ireland. In the 1950s, Irish immigrants to South Africa introduced the term, and it was adopted in the townships for many of the makeshift bars springing up around the country as well as in neighboring Mozambique.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | June 20, 2013
Animal Crackers Pet Rescue's new shelter isn't much to look at now - just a spacious room in a Laguna Woods strip mall with packing materials lying around and grooves in the concrete floor showing where walls will be. The staff, though, already has a vivid picture of how the facility will look when funds and permits come in. Tuesday afternoon, founder Gina Katzenbedian and volunteer Jeannie Poshek gave an informal tour of the facility and pointed...
NEWS
By By Ed Todeschini | October 14, 2005
Recently Mozambique Restaurant opened in Laguna Beach in the old Tortilla Flats location. Tortilla Flats had been closed for a few years, and we neighbors were looking forward to a nice business to improve the decaying building and parking lot. We were happy when Mozambique bought the building and began to fix it up. We were hopeful when they applied for their conditional use permit speaking of "community," a "family restaurant" and "nice adult...
NEWS
February 19, 2010
Beach clean-up at Mozambique HelpBlueWater.com volunteers will gather at Mozambique?s lower parking lot from noon to 1 p.m. for a weekly beautification effort, beginning Sunday. Free parking is available. To reward volunteers after the cleanup, Mozambique will provide a half-off lunch menu. Mozambique is at 1740 S. Coast Hwy. For more information, contact Rick Conkey (949) 573-8624, or e-mail rick conkey@gmail.com, or visit www.HelpBlueWater.com. City committees in need of applicants The Laguna Beach City Council is accepting applications for three two-year terms on the Recreation Committee and four two-year terms on the Parking, Traffic & Circulation Committee.
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NEWS
November 1, 2013
The fifth annual World Hunger Bowl is coming to Laguna Beach on Wednesday. The fundraiser will offer a soup tasting, live music and a silent auction, with all proceeds going to Collaborative Courts Foundation Homeless Outreach Program and the homeless community of Laguna Beach. "There's a beautiful symbiotic relationship between the contributing artist, the patron who purchases the bowl and the person in need that benefits from the interaction," event Chairwoman Faye Chapman said in a news release.
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NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | October 17, 2013
Laguna Beach is in escrow to purchase property just south of Tivoli Too on Laguna Canyon Road, Mayor Pro Tem Elizabeth Pearson announced at Tuesday's City Council meeting. Pearson said she approached her council colleagues in closed session and found unanimous support for the privately owned plot of land at 725 Laguna Canyon Road. "This is a game-changer on the [proposed] Village Entrance [Project]," Councilman Steve Dicterow said. "This is not just a mere announcement. " The land covers nearly 4 acres and costs $5.3 million, City Manager John Pietig wrote in an email.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | June 20, 2013
Animal Crackers Pet Rescue's new shelter isn't much to look at now - just a spacious room in a Laguna Woods strip mall with packing materials lying around and grooves in the concrete floor showing where walls will be. The staff, though, already has a vivid picture of how the facility will look when funds and permits come in. Tuesday afternoon, founder Gina Katzenbedian and volunteer Jeannie Poshek gave an informal tour of the facility and pointed...
NEWS
June 2, 2013
No injuries were reported after a small fire broke out Saturday afternoon at Mozambique in Laguna Beach. The cause of the fire, which started around 3:34 p.m. behind a wall "in a subspace area on the second floor" of the restaurant at 1740 S. Coast Hwy., is still under investigation, Laguna Beach Fire Department Division Chief Api Weinert wrote in an email. "...as of now it does not appear to be suspicious or related to the construction being done on site," he said. Damages are estimated at about $10,000, he added.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | March 7, 2013
Neighbors of Mozambique may not be satisfied with location and design changes for an outdoor elevator and a reduction in the number of umbrellas and heaters for a proposed roof deck. But the City Council voted 4-0 on Tuesday to approve the project, a revision of the plan first approved in a 3-2 vote by the Planning Commission in October and appealed by neighbors, based on the potential to block neighbors' views. Councilman Robert Whalen recused himself because he was on the commission when it reviewed the project.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | November 1, 2012
Mozambique Steak House has had its ups and downs with the Planning Commission, but an elevator and a rooftop deck have been approved. The commission voted unanimously Oct. 24 for the 1,205-square-foot deck, but split 3-2 on the exterior elevator, after reviewing modifications to the original plan, which lowered the elevator shaft by 30 inches and spiffed up the fa├žade with a tile roof. "I voted for the elevator because I thought the applicant and the architect had done what we requested in reducing the height of the elevator and articulating and incorporating it into the design of the building," Commissioner Linda Dietrich said.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | September 13, 2012
Planning Commissioners sent architect Marshall Ininns back to the drawing board to improve the design of an elevator shaft before they would vote on the rooftop deck proposed by Mozambique. The commission indicated Wednesday that they favored the idea of a rooftop deck for the steakhouse restaurant, but that the proposed elevator was an unacceptable eyesore. Ininns was given a month to come up with a new design for the elevator, which is required to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. "I can't vote for the project with the elevator as is," said Commissioner Norm Grossman, whose lead was followed by the other commissioners.
NEWS
November 3, 2011
Recently, I stopped by Mozambique to check out the stage and sound system because our band, Close Enough, has been invited to play there from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 11 for the early bird session. Having been a past resident of Laguna Beach (living at Bluebird and Summit), I know very well to look for parking signage, which I did. Seeing none, I parked at the corner of Bluebird and Glenneyre. I parked on the east side of Glenneyre facing north and was the first vehicle on the corner. As I walked to the restaurant, I once again scanned the street for parking signage and seeing none I felt good about my parking choice (a full block away)
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | September 8, 2011
Resident-only parking privileges will continue in the so-called "Quiet Zone," an area near Mozambique Steak House. The City Council voted 3 to 2 Tuesday to continue the preferential parking program meant to quell residents' objections to noisy bar patrons. Councilman Kelly Boyd appeared to waver before voting for the continuation, based on his concern for the economic outlook for the restaurant if denied its entertainment component. "Business is tough all over town," Boyd said.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | September 1, 2011
City officials will review at Tuesday's City Council meeting the nighttime residents-only parking program on the streets around one of the city's most popular restaurants. Dubbed "the Quiet Zone," the program was designed to muffle late-night noise that disturbs Woods Cove residents who live within blocks of Mozambique Steakhouse. The plan squeaked by the council at the Feb. 15 meeting on a 3-2 vote, which approved a resolution that included a six-month review to determine if it should be extended or revised.
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