Here are Some Prominent O.C. Restaurants That Have Closed Recently

Salmon with Brussels sprouts salad at Ocean at Main.

The restaurant business is tough. Increased costs and changes in dining habits can mean the end of a once-popular establishment.

Beets, strawberries, buttermilk, and herbs at Journeyman’s. Photograph by Anne Watson

Among the recent prominent changes are Journeyman’s Food + Drink in Fullerton, Orange Coast 2019 restaurant of the year, which closed briefly earlier this year and transitioned into Bronze Quail with a new chef. Fleenor’s on 4th in Santa Ana and Ocean at Main in Laguna Beach, both selected in the same 2019 list of best new restaurants, have also closed. Clearly our endorsements didn’t help!

Sapphire Laguna, owned and operated for 13 years by executive chef Azmin Ghahreman, will change hands in early March and transition into Sapphire, Cellar. Craft. Cook. under restaurateur Russ Bendel Jr., owner of Vine in San Clemente, Ironwood in Laguna Hills, and Olea in Newport Beach.

Here are some other O.C. restaurants that have closed recently:

Settebello in Newport Coast
Pizza e Vino in Rancho Santa Margarita
Tackle Box in Costa Mesa
Saint Marc and Ways & Means Oyster House, both at Pacific City in Huntington Beach
Tommy Bahama’s Bar & Grill in Laguna Beach
Central in Laguna Beach
Wreckless in Fullerton
Two Left Forks in Dana Point
Irenia Restaurant in Santa Ana

In happier news, here are some new restaurants and items to try today.

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