Dining Dynasties: Prime Rib Feasts have been 53-Year Family Mission At Five Crowns

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1965
Richard N. Frank and wife Mary Alice buy the incongruous Hurley Bell, retooling it as an English tavern, naming it Five Crowns, and offering prime rib dinners already popular at his family’s Lawry’s in Beverly Hills.

2002
Lawry’s Carvery opens in South Coast Plaza, offering sandwiches inspired by the elegant fare at Five Crowns but served in a casual setting.

2009
SideDoor gastropub opens, annexed from underused space and offering the county’s earliest gastropub menu. Instantly popular, it’s named Restaurant of the Year in our annual Best Restaurants issue.

2015
Five Crowns turns 50 while Newport Beach more than doubles in population in that span of time.

2018
Ryan O’Melveny Wilson, a fourth‐generation Frank family member who was executive chef and vice president for Lawry’s Restaurants, is named chief marketing and strategy officer for all 17 restaurants.

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