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.
Lawry’s Carvery opens in South Coast Plaza, offering sandwiches inspired by the elegant fare at Five Crowns but served in a casual setting.
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.
Five Crowns turns 50 while Newport Beach more than doubles in population in that span of time.
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.