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Title: University Town Center - oldest current retail tenant?
Post by: zovall on April 26, 2022, 06:40:37 PM
UTC is one of my favorite retail centers in town. Does anyone know which current store has been there the longest?
Title: Re: University Town Center - oldest current retail tenant?
Post by: Compressed-Village on April 26, 2022, 07:29:51 PM
In and Out. All time favorite.
Title: Re: University Town Center - oldest current retail tenant?
Post by: zovall on April 26, 2022, 07:37:21 PM
Do you remember when In n Out opened there?
Title: Re: University Town Center - oldest current retail tenant?
Post by: Compressed-Village on April 26, 2022, 09:03:13 PM
UCI Alumni, It was early 1990ish and In and Out is already there. The headquarter for In and Out is closeby. An interesting American small business revolve to empire success.

Florida tried to persuade management to relocate the headquarter there during masks mandate fiasco without success. Desantos, you can kiss my ass...
Title: Re: University Town Center - oldest current retail tenant?
Post by: zovall on April 26, 2022, 09:33:20 PM
Anyone know when Le Diplomat opened there?
Title: Re: University Town Center - oldest current retail tenant?
Post by: irvinehomeowner on April 26, 2022, 09:37:27 PM
Le Diplomat seems like they have been there forever.

But the Post Office beats them all. :)
Title: Re: University Town Center - oldest current retail tenant?
Post by: Bullsback on April 26, 2022, 09:38:47 PM
Is Rays pizza still there or did that close?  Cause I'm 95% sure that has been there longer than In and Out.
Title: Re: University Town Center - oldest current retail tenant?
Post by: zovall on April 27, 2022, 06:37:11 AM
Yup, Ray’s is still there. I think he’s been there since 1986. I’ve been going there since 1996.
Title: Re: University Town Center - oldest current retail tenant?
Post by: irvinehomeowner on April 27, 2022, 08:46:51 AM
Ray's Pizza is probably the winner... even more impressive... Ray still works there!

Does anyone remember when they used to sell Ray's Pizza in Edward's Theaters?

Title: Re: University Town Center - oldest current retail tenant?
Post by: Liar Loan on April 27, 2022, 11:11:24 AM
Well, I used to enjoy heading over to Sam Goody's to browse CD's before going over to the 18+ dance club to get my groove on.  Are those still there?
Title: Re: University Town Center - oldest current retail tenant?
Post by: irvinehomeowner on April 27, 2022, 11:15:46 AM
Well, I used to enjoy heading over to Sam Goody's to browse CD's before going over to the 18+ dance club to get my groove on.  Are those still there?

What? Liar Loan actually hung out in Irvine back in the day?
Title: Re: University Town Center - oldest current retail tenant?
Post by: Liar Loan on April 27, 2022, 12:22:45 PM
Well, I used to enjoy heading over to Sam Goody's to browse CD's before going over to the 18+ dance club to get my groove on.  Are those still there?

What? Liar Loan actually hung out in Irvine back in the day?

I used to like Irvine a lot, but starting around the year 2000 it got to be too dense and overbuilt for my liking.  They've also removed a lot of the fun things, like Wild Rivers, that used to make Irvine great, to make way for more apartments.  Blech!

We still "hang out" there sometimes if we attend church at Mariners (not our usual congregation).  I started attending church there in 1994 when it was still South Coast Community Church prior to the merge with Mariners.

I also used to hang out at the dumpy trailer where KUCI was broadcast from, either playing music with my band, watching other bands, or just hanging out while my friends that were aspiring DJ's broadcast their shows.
Title: Re: University Town Center - oldest current retail tenant?
Post by: irvinehomeowner on April 27, 2022, 12:56:00 PM
Wild Rivers is back... supposed to reopen in June.

Sam Goody's and Metropolis (and Souplantation) not so lucky.
Title: Re: University Town Center - oldest current retail tenant?
Post by: zovall on April 27, 2022, 03:44:42 PM
Metropolis.. how crazy there was a night club there huh?
Title: Re: University Town Center - oldest current retail tenant?
Post by: Danimal on April 27, 2022, 03:47:24 PM
Metropolis.. how crazy there was a night club there huh?

Asian night on Tuesday. Bring back memories of my college days.
Title: Re: University Town Center - oldest current retail tenant?
Post by: irvinehomeowner on April 27, 2022, 03:55:12 PM
Metropolis.. how crazy there was a night club there huh?

What's funny was it was clothing store by the same name.
Title: Re: University Town Center - oldest current retail tenant?
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on April 27, 2022, 06:50:33 PM
Ray's Pizza is probably the winner... even more impressive... Ray still works there!

Does anyone remember when they used to sell Ray's Pizza in Edward's Theaters?



I need to go try some pizza over at Ray's Pizza...driven by many times but never eat there.
Title: Re: University Town Center - oldest current retail tenant?
Post by: WTTCHMN on April 27, 2022, 08:03:39 PM
I need to go try some pizza over at Ray's Pizza...driven by many times but never eat there.

You haven’t missed anything.  Better off going to Sgt. Pepperoni’s one block over.
Title: Re: University Town Center - oldest current retail tenant?
Post by: zovall on April 27, 2022, 08:50:53 PM
I need to go try some pizza over at Ray's Pizza...driven by many times but never eat there.

You haven’t missed anything.  Better off going to Sgt. Pepperoni’s one block over.

Waaaa?! Ray's is fantastic! Sgt. Pepperoni's isn't bad though..
Title: Re: University Town Center - oldest current retail tenant?
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on April 27, 2022, 11:00:32 PM
I need to go try some pizza over at Ray's Pizza...driven by many times but never eat there.

You haven’t missed anything.  Better off going to Sgt. Pepperoni’s one block over.

Waaaa?! Ray's is fantastic! Sgt. Pepperoni's isn't bad though..

Do both places have pizzas by the slice?
Title: Re: University Town Center - oldest current retail tenant?
Post by: WTTCHMN on April 27, 2022, 11:02:49 PM
I need to go try some pizza over at Ray's Pizza...driven by many times but never eat there.

You haven’t missed anything.  Better off going to Sgt. Pepperoni’s one block over.

Waaaa?! Ray's is fantastic! Sgt. Pepperoni's isn't bad though..

Do both places have pizzas by the slice?

Yes.  New York style.

Compare and report back to us, lol.
Title: Re: University Town Center - oldest current retail tenant?
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on April 27, 2022, 11:15:06 PM
I need to go try some pizza over at Ray's Pizza...driven by many times but never eat there.

You haven’t missed anything.  Better off going to Sgt. Pepperoni’s one block over.

Waaaa?! Ray's is fantastic! Sgt. Pepperoni's isn't bad though..

Do both places have pizzas by the slice?

Yes.  New York style.

Compare and report back to us, lol.

I accept that mission and will report back.
Title: Re: University Town Center - oldest current retail tenant?
Post by: qwerty on April 28, 2022, 03:24:07 AM
I need to go try some pizza over at Ray's Pizza...driven by many times but never eat there.

You haven’t missed anything.  Better off going to Sgt. Pepperoni’s one block over.

Waaaa?! Ray's is fantastic! Sgt. Pepperoni's isn't bad though..

Do both places have pizzas by the slice?

Terra Mia Pizzeria just opened up in Tustin (edinger/red hill) and has pizza by the slice. The Laguna hillls locations seemed highly rated on Yelp.
Title: Re: University Town Center - oldest current retail tenant?
Post by: irvinehomeowner on April 28, 2022, 09:06:36 AM
qwerty knows how to pull at my stomach strings.

I'll check Terra Mia out.

As for slices... Ray's has always served pizza that way... but it's not "spectacular"... I would describe their pizza as basic.

Sgt. Pep's I like because they use the mini crunchy pepperoni. Back in the day when their closest location was off of Bristol in Newport, I don't remember them selling slices and I though all their pizzas were square but I might be mixing that up with another place.

ZPizza used to have good slices but are gone... NY Upper Crust in Oak Creek would be my rec for slices... good size and ton of variety... and a bit cheaper than Sgt. Peps.

My other favorite place I used to go at UTC was White Mountain Creamery? Not sure if that was the name but it was an ice cream place and it was the first time I had a waffle cone.
Title: Re: University Town Center - oldest current retail tenant?
Post by: Liar Loan on April 28, 2022, 10:11:36 AM
I had business in Irvine last night and realized I was less than 2 miles from UTC, so I thought I'd go by the old In 'n Out for a Double Double.  Holy cow!  The traffic and congestion was nothing less than insane!!  I pulled into the parking lot off Bridge St. and immediately regretted it.  I decided to abort this ill-fated mission and it still took a ridiculous amount of time just to get back out of the parking lot, due to all the traffic just sitting around, going nowhere.
Title: Re: University Town Center - oldest current retail tenant?
Post by: Compressed-Village on April 28, 2022, 11:00:15 AM
I had business in Irvine last night and realized I was less than 2 miles from UTC, so I thought I'd go by the old In 'n Out for a Double Double.  Holy cow!  The traffic and congestion was nothing less than insane!!  I pulled into the parking lot off Bridge St. and immediately regretted it.  I decided to abort this ill-fated mission and it still took a ridiculous amount of time just to get back out of the parking lot, due to all the traffic just sitting around, going nowhere.

But that's at every In-and-Out to be honest. But yes, that plaza is always lively. Glory days when we were there in college. So much memories there. I have coworks always talk about their schools and always so glad to be moving to Irvine and made it their home. Different strokes for different folks.
Title: Re: University Town Center - oldest current retail tenant?
Post by: zovall on April 28, 2022, 11:16:29 AM
The Chick-fil-A lines there are incredibly long too. That definitely made the traffic there worse than before (when there was a Lee’s or Denny’s).

The In-N-Out line moves rather well lately with the orders being taking earlier in the line.

But yes, there is a lot of traffic in those parking lots.
Title: Re: University Town Center - oldest current retail tenant?
Post by: irvinehomeowner on April 28, 2022, 11:24:40 AM
I'm not sure I've been to a parking lot that isn't crowded that has an In-N-Out.

What I don't understand is how Raising Canes causes traffic snarls... all they serve is chicken tenders and one sauce!
Title: Re: University Town Center - oldest current retail tenant?
Post by: Bullsback on April 28, 2022, 01:16:52 PM
qwerty knows how to pull at my stomach strings.

I'll check Terra Mia out.

As for slices... Ray's has always served pizza that way... but it's not "spectacular"... I would describe their pizza as basic.

Sgt. Pep's I like because they use the mini crunchy pepperoni. Back in the day when their closest location was off of Bristol in Newport, I don't remember them selling slices and I though all their pizzas were square but I might be mixing that up with another place.

ZPizza used to have good slices but are gone... NY Upper Crust in Oak Creek would be my rec for slices... good size and ton of variety... and a bit cheaper than Sgt. Peps.

My other favorite place I used to go at UTC was White Mountain Creamery? Not sure if that was the name but it was an ice cream place and it was the first time I had a waffle cone.
I forgot that center used to have ZPizza and Rays for a while. 
Title: Re: University Town Center - oldest current retail tenant?
Post by: Bullsback on April 28, 2022, 01:17:46 PM
The Chick-fil-A lines there are incredibly long too. That definitely made the traffic there worse than before (when there was a Lee’s or Denny’s).

The In-N-Out line moves rather well lately with the orders being taking earlier in the line.

But yes, there is a lot of traffic in those parking lots.
Before Lees I think it was a Hamburger Hamlet (or something like that). 
Title: Re: University Town Center - oldest current retail tenant?
Post by: irvinehomeowner on April 28, 2022, 02:05:54 PM
I forgot which one was Twohey's?
Title: Re: University Town Center - oldest current retail tenant?
Post by: zovall on April 30, 2022, 06:32:41 PM
I remember a Denny's there before Lee's. Am I making that up?
Title: Re: University Town Center - oldest current retail tenant?
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on April 30, 2022, 07:40:51 PM
I remember a Denny's there before Lee's. Am I making that up?

Yes, the Dennys was there before Lees.  I used to deliver pizzas in Irvine about 20 years ago and a lot of the deliveries were to UCI.
Title: Re: University Town Center - oldest current retail tenant?
Post by: Vit-d on May 07, 2022, 09:35:33 PM
I’ve been lurking in this forum for awhile, but this topic is the one to at finally convinced me to join.

Ray’s Pizza is great.  A total UCI institution.  Aside from the In N Out and Le Diplomat, it is the only shop in UTC that has survived since I went to UCI in the 90s.

I am going to be crushed when that place inevitably closes it’s doors.

Title: Re: University Town Center - oldest current retail tenant?
Post by: irvinehomeowner on May 10, 2022, 03:42:20 PM
Terra Mia Pizzeria just opened up in Tustin (edinger/red hill) and has pizza by the slice. The Laguna hillls locations seemed highly rated on Yelp.

Tried this place out last week, pretty good... the Sicilian thick slice was the best.

Inspired this new thread:


Pizza by the slice

https://www.talkirvine.com/index.php/topic,18376.0.html
Title: Re: University Town Center - oldest current retail tenant?
Post by: qwerty on May 10, 2022, 08:59:49 PM
Terra Mia Pizzeria just opened up in Tustin (edinger/red hill) and has pizza by the slice. The Laguna hillls locations seemed highly rated on Yelp.

Tried this place out last week, pretty good... the Sicilian thick slice was the best.

Inspired this new thread:


Pizza by the slice

https://www.talkirvine.com/index.php/topic,18376.0.html


You don’t see many places with the thick pepperoni. I hope this place makes it. That plaza has had some turnover with its restaurants.
Title: Re: University Town Center - oldest current retail tenant?
Post by: HMart on May 15, 2022, 05:03:46 PM
Hell yeah I love those cupped pepperonis. You can get them locally at Fresh Brothers but the best place I know of locally is Prince St Pizza in West Hollywood. (which is itself an outpost of the Prince St Pizza in Lower Manhattan)
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