Led by chef Philip Tangonan, who has worked at restaurants such as Chapter One in downtown Santa Ana and the Cannery in Newport Beach, this taqueria will serve signature dishes such as birria and al pastor tacos and duck confit pupusas. You can also expect house-made salsas and hand-pressed tortillas. Located inside Union Market, the 30-seat dining room features intricate tilework and paintings by local artists. Outdoor dining, beer, wine, and takeout will be available.
The Laguna Beach gelateria is set to open another location next to AMC Tustin 14 in the spring. Choose from over 32 different flavors of scratch-made gelato, including 10 vegan options. The salted maple caramel, créme brulee, and coconut are a few of the crowd favorites. Look out for new themed flavors every month. $4.25 to $6.95 a scoop. Available in to-go pints.
OC Hit Factory, an on-site recording studio, is debuting acting, dancing, singing, and songwriting classes geared towards children and teens. Classes will be available in-person (limited to 6 to 8 per group) as well as hybrid (over Zoom and private one-on-one in-person) starting this spring.
Casa Del Sol
This 6,000 square-foot, family-owned restaurant will have a bar, an outdoor patio, a private dining room, and live performances by Mariachi Sol de Mexico, the first mariachi ensemble to be nominated for a Grammy, and Reyna de Los Angeles, America’s first all-female mariachi band. Opening late spring.
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