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Title: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on September 13, 2011, 07:18:12 AM
I just read that Jalapeno's in Woodbury closed on Aug 31.

Man, that center is strange when it comes to what survives.

Subway and Tutti Frutti (frozen yogurt ala Yogurtland where you serve yourself and put on toppings) are supposed to open in Woodbury.

The Spicy Crab finally opened in Northwood, but the Yelp reviews are not favorable.

I was walking through The District mall last weekend and there are a lot of closures there, the sandwich wrap place that turned into a Vietnamese place that turned into an Asian restaurant is closed. The Finish Line footwear store is closed. The place next to Thai Bamboo which started as a pot pie place, then something else is now a kabob place (Ka-Boby?) and it was temporarily closed. I don't know if that mall area will ever be thriving.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on September 13, 2011, 07:35:26 AM
I just read that Jalapeno's in Woodbury closed on Aug 31.

Man, that center is strange when it comes to what survives.

Subway and Tutti Frutti (frozen yogurt ala Yogurtland where you serve yourself and put on toppings) are supposed to open in Woodbury.

The Spicy Crab finally opened in Northwood, but the Yelp reviews are not favorable.

I was walking through The District mall last weekend and there are a lot of closures there, the sandwich wrap place that turned into a Vietnamese place that turned into an Asian restaurant is closed. The Finish Line footwear store is closed. The place next to Thai Bamboo which started as a pot pie place, then something else is now a kabob place (Ka-Boby?) and it was temporarily closed. I don't know if that mall area will ever be thriving.
Oh no, I liked Jalapeno's.  :(  I don't think the site plan layout of the Woodbury shopping center is ideal so retails with iffy locations within the site plan like Jalapeno's suffer the most. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on September 13, 2011, 07:43:56 AM
Haven't been to jalapeños for awhile, remembered their al pastor tacos were the best on the menu, this was the westpark location next to big 5.  Wonder if they ever change the messy salsa scooper spoons they used in the bar. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on September 13, 2011, 09:15:59 AM
The al pastor at Jalapenos is really good... luckily the Westpark location is still open.

They have others in Lake Forest and Tustin and the WP one just recently started doing Taco Tuesdays. They should put a Cafe Rio in Irvine.

Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on September 13, 2011, 03:20:19 PM
I haven't been there in a long time but Pat & Oscar's in Irvine Marketplace closed after 13 years:

http://fastfood.ocregister.com/2011/08/22/another-summer-closure-pat-oscars/104829/

Also the Greek Island place in Diamond Jamboree closed... FCBs must not like souvlaki.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on September 13, 2011, 09:30:15 PM
I hated pat oscars, seems like cafeteria food except worse.  Only thing good was the breadsticks.  Kids might like it but might as well go to chuck e cheese or shakeys, only reason they lasted this long was because there were no chuck e cheese or shakeys near by
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on September 13, 2011, 09:34:35 PM
Greek island was ok, too bad they didn't last,  that side of DJ doesn't do as well.  Need a Mandarin Chinese restaurant, maybe a pork chop king venue of that sort
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on September 15, 2011, 07:20:58 AM
Speaking of Tutti Frutti, I just noticed the one in Quail Hill closed.

Looks like it's being replaced by Le Pho... which I assume is a Vietnamese place. Too bad it wasn't one of the ones near PatStar's area, Pho King.  :P
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on September 15, 2011, 07:34:21 AM
Speaking of Tutti Frutti, I just noticed the one in Quail Hill closed.

Looks like it's being replaced by Le Pho... which I assume is a Vietnamese place. Too bad it wasn't one of the ones near PatStar's area, Pho King.  :P
Tutti Frutti sure didn't last long and neither will that warp place next to it (I went there and it wasn't very good).
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on September 15, 2011, 09:07:57 AM
That center needs a place like Tutti. It was there for 3 years I think.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: IndieDev on September 21, 2011, 11:56:31 AM
Greek Island was right next to Chae Bahn, and BBQ Chicken which are doing great. It's not that side of DJ Plaza that's the problem, it's the $12-$18 entrees at Greek Island that are the problem.

Let's see, I'm an Irvine highschool/UCI kiddie, and I have $20. I can go all out and have a meal at Greek Island and have no more cash to do anything else the rest of the week, or I can go to Chae Bahn twice, or BBQ chicken x3 throughout the week to hangout with my kiddie friends again.

Sometimes business is simple.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on September 21, 2011, 12:08:54 PM
Another Pho place is popping up in Irvine... where the Indian restaurant was in the Westpark center off of Alton (next to Round Table and Jalapeno's).

I forgot the name but it's not Pho King.
(http://blogging.la/files/2010/05/pho-king-delicious1-297x300.jpg)
(since PStar deleted his post)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Homer_Simpson on September 21, 2011, 01:35:18 PM
Always wanted to try out that ChaeBan and BBQ chicken joint, any good?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on September 21, 2011, 02:16:05 PM
I think BBQ Chicken is a bit overpriced for what you get... but it's pretty good. Haven't tried Chae Bahn. Has anyone tried the wings place?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: akim997 on September 27, 2011, 04:27:01 PM
I hate Chae Bahn.   WAY overpriced bi-bim-bap and not even tasty.   

Wings is okay...  but not as good (IMO) as kyo chan...   
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on October 25, 2011, 11:51:02 AM
Just found out Koki's Teppan in the center off Culver and Irvine Center (where 99 Ranch is) closed recently.

It's too bad, we liked that place better than Benihana's and have been going there for years. The family that owned/operated it were really nice.

Some Mongolian Hotpot place is going to replace it.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on October 25, 2011, 12:36:03 PM
Just found out Koki's Teppan in the center off Culver and Irvine Center (where 99 Ranch is) closed recently.

It's too bad, we liked that place better than Benihana's and have been going there for years. The family that owned/operated it were really nice.

Some Mongolian Hotpot place is going to replace it.


That's going to stink
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: kalbi on October 27, 2011, 08:21:07 AM
bones - if you like little sheep, you might like boiling point. it recently opened in irvine (behind denny's near the 5 freeway on culver).
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: chromatin on October 27, 2011, 09:30:31 AM
yup it is little sheep!!
Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot Coming Soon

From the irvine company website
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on October 27, 2011, 10:28:02 AM
The District keeps dying:

Chaparossa Grill closed recently (the one near the theatres) and it looks like something is happening to Pablo's Cantina because their sign is either being taken down or redone.

Traffic is so bad there and it's not even fully tenanted... they should just raze the mall area and redo that whole section.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: rkp on October 27, 2011, 10:55:44 AM
i heard Sam's is closing and a Walmart is moving in. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on October 27, 2011, 11:13:46 AM
i heard Sam's is closing and a Walmart is moving in. 
Huh? Where is this? The old Sam's Club site near the District? That would be awesome.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on October 27, 2011, 11:26:13 AM
Oh man... I don't have to go to LagNiguel, Foothill Ranch or Anaheim anymore... I will never leave Irvine now.

EDIT:

Found the link:

http://www.ocregister.com/news/walmart-317975-open-store.html

Not finalized yet but hopefully it goes through. That center is dead and this would help quite a bit.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: shokunin on October 27, 2011, 12:37:15 PM
Wow, I have never really needed to go to a walmart unless it was for some sort of black friday or other sale event.  Amazon/Target/Costco/Trader joes seem to take care of my needs... is it that much cheaper at Walmart than target?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: rkp on October 27, 2011, 02:22:58 PM
i think walmart is cheaper than target but i always hate going into a walmart.  targets are much nicer and cleaner

i wonder what this does to test's keep the riff raff out argument.  walmart is a big riff raff magnet:
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeshopper on October 27, 2011, 03:22:16 PM
Perfect timing by catering to the affordable project population. TIC would not want Walmart to ruin the upscale image so only a few locations not own by TIC are viable. I rarely shop retails located in TIC properties. The overhead is high for the retailers and I pay more as a result. I shop at the District and now even better when Walmart is across the street. :D
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on October 27, 2011, 08:34:52 PM
Thanks to kalbi's post, stopped by Boiling Point for dinner tonight.. not too bad... good flavors in the soups...  not enough meat.. got full off cabbage..  the garlic thick soy sauce reminds me of my childhood....

Their house special soup has stinky tofu, pork blood, and pork intestines (chitterlings?), I think only taiwanese will like these flavors.. and you do smell it when you open the door so warn your non-chinese friends that it's meant to smell that way.

Beef Broth
(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff390/Ps99472/676111d8.jpg)

Kim Chi Broth
(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff390/Ps99472/f5c65a6b.jpg)

Extra fish ball and chinese doughnut
(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff390/Ps99472/8be73a1e.jpg)

Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: kalbi on October 27, 2011, 09:11:50 PM
Thanks to kalbi's post, stopped by Boiling Point for dinner tonight.. not too bad... good flavors in the soups...  not enough meat.. got full off cabbage..  the garlic thick soy sauce reminds me of my childhood....

Their house special soup has stinky tofu, pork blood, and pork intestines (chitterlings?), I think only taiwanese will like these flavors.. and you do smell it when you open the door so warn your non-chinese friends that it's meant to smell that way.

Beef Broth
(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff390/Ps99472/676111d8.jpg)

Kim Chi Broth
(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff390/Ps99472/f5c65a6b.jpg)

Extra fish ball and chinese doughnut
(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff390/Ps99472/8be73a1e.jpg)

You tried the same flavors I did, and agree, wish they put more meat. But the garlic soy sauce really reminds me of Taiwan too! I heard their shaved snow is better than the Balcony. Gotta try that next time.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on October 28, 2011, 02:29:05 PM
Wood Ranch BBQ finally opened in the Irvine Spectrum:

www.woodranch.com

We ate there a couple of weeks ago and it was pretty good.

Capital Seafood, Cucina Enoteca (Italian) and Paul Martin's American Grill will be opening soon too.

PF Chang's is currently closed for remodeling.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: chromatin on October 30, 2011, 12:53:05 AM
So they are opening a Class 302 a taiwanese restaurant that has a successful rowland heights store.(same owner of balcony in diamond jamboree.) Basically offering many of the similar items of balcony at a 25% less price..
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on October 30, 2011, 08:29:11 AM
anyone tried Koko's Cafe?  Drove by the other day and saw it has opened...  should be HK style cafe food/drinks... 

It's on the corner of Jeffrey and Irvine Ctr Dr. where the BBQ place use to be..

Another thumbs up for iTea cafe nearby... been buying takeout a few times.. food is pretty good.. getting use to their beef stew noodle..
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on November 01, 2011, 07:55:07 AM
Attempted to dine at Balcony at DJ this past Sunday.. Why is every Asian family out on Sunday night in the same location?  We drove to the top of the parking lot and then drove all the way down and no open spots...  if I want to feel cramped, I should've bought in rowland heights..
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on November 08, 2011, 08:32:09 PM
Koko's cafe was a disappointment..  i know i shouldn't expect decent food from a HK cafe.. lived in SF for 3 years of my life and never had a good meal at a HK cafe there... it's only good if everything else is closed and you want a fancy overpriced drink or some greasy chow fun to go with the overpriced drinks you bought at the club you just left...
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on November 09, 2011, 06:28:41 PM
SWSH Shabu Shabu opened recently:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/swsh-shabu-shabu-irvine

Had lunch there today, ordered the angus rib eye, really good cuts of meat, though quantity is a little stingy at $19 for large..  service is ok, like the soup broth finish which is a dashi flavored soy sauce base.. you just dump whatever is left in your hotpot into it and make yourself a nice bowl of japanese flavored soup..  asked for some extra tofu and wasn't charged didn't know if that was an error..  open at 11am and they have a happy hour at 5-6pm...  they do taste like House of Shabu Shabu on Walnut.. wonder if it's the same owner..
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: kalbi on November 09, 2011, 10:43:27 PM
SWSH Shabu Shabu opened recently:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/swsh-shabu-shabu-irvine

Had lunch there today, ordered the angus rib eye, really good cuts of meat, though quantity is a little stingy at $19 for large..  service is ok, like the soup broth finish which is a dashi flavored soy sauce base.. you just dump whatever is left in your hotpot into it and make yourself a nice bowl of japanese flavored soup..  asked for some extra tofu and wasn't charged didn't know if that was an error..  open at 11am and they have a happy hour at 5-6pm...  they do taste like House of Shabu Shabu on Walnut.. wonder if it's the same owner..

if you like japanese style shabu shabu, you should try shabu shabu bar in santa ana. it's pretty darn good.
if you like chinese hot pot, you might like the red pot in garden grove. all you can eat for $19.99.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on November 10, 2011, 07:14:00 AM
SWSH Shabu Shabu opened recently:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/swsh-shabu-shabu-irvine

Had lunch there today, ordered the angus rib eye, really good cuts of meat, though quantity is a little stingy at $19 for large..  service is ok, like the soup broth finish which is a dashi flavored soy sauce base.. you just dump whatever is left in your hotpot into it and make yourself a nice bowl of japanese flavored soup..  asked for some extra tofu and wasn't charged didn't know if that was an error..  open at 11am and they have a happy hour at 5-6pm...  they do taste like House of Shabu Shabu on Walnut.. wonder if it's the same owner..

if you like japanese style shabu shabu, you should try shabu shabu bar in santa ana. it's pretty darn good.
if you like chinese hot pot, you might like the red pot in garden grove. all you can eat for $19.99.

thanks for the recs... outside of Irvine, we usually go to Ten Shabu in West Covina when visiting family..  also Ichi Ichi in Rowland Heights is pretty decent as well...there was a hot pot place (wu-ji?) that has a sour cabbage stock as your hot pot but sadly they closed down a few years ago... if someone knows another place that can do sour cabbage, please let me know.. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on November 10, 2011, 09:49:29 AM
Red Brick Pizza at the District is closing.

Wow... that center just keeps on dying... where is test to tell how great living next to it would be?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeshopper on November 10, 2011, 01:19:50 PM
The reality is for every one American eatery closed 2 Asian eateries opened. We will soon see an interesting shifting dynamic. Non TIC retail centers are in the process of getting facelifts to justify a higher rent. At some point Asian eateries will populate all non TIC centers. The ones in TIC centers with the exception of Sam Woo are all struggling too with high overhead. Late 80's Culver/Westpark Asian corridor is losing its popularity to the new Asian Woodbury/Jeffrey corridor.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on November 12, 2011, 05:54:07 AM
The reality is for every one American eatery closed 2 Asian eateries opened. We will soon see an interesting shifting dynamic. Non TIC retail centers are in the process of getting facelifts to justify a higher rent. At some point Asian eateries will populate all non TIC centers. The ones in TIC centers with the exception of Sam Woo are all struggling too with high overhead. Late 80's Culver/Westpark Asian corridor is losing its popularity to the new Asian Woodbury/Jeffrey corridor.

Wait till Little Sheep opens next to Marie Calendars...  that should drive more people back...  what we need is a decent cafe/diner that I always see on Fieri's diners drivein's and dives...  mom and pop's type restaurants can't make it on TIC rent?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on November 12, 2011, 10:38:45 AM
The reality is for every one American eatery closed 2 Asian eateries opened. We will soon see an interesting shifting dynamic. Non TIC retail centers are in the process of getting facelifts to justify a higher rent. At some point Asian eateries will populate all non TIC centers. The ones in TIC centers with the exception of Sam Woo are all struggling too with high overhead. Late 80's Culver/Westpark Asian corridor is losing its popularity to the new Asian Woodbury/Jeffrey corridor.

Wait till Little Sheep opens next to Marie Calendars...  that should drive more people back...  what we need is a decent cafe/diner that I always see on Fieri's diners drivein's and dives...  mom and pop's type restaurants can't make it on TIC rent?
I've been wanting a greasy spoon in Irvine forever. Instead I go to the ones in around Irvine:

 Tustin:

Mega Burger
Classic Burger

Santa Ana:

Yellow Basket
The Original Yellow Basket

Lake Forest:

Burger Town, USA

And that's why the view lot is so humongous.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeshopper on November 12, 2011, 11:13:09 AM
Try Habit in Santa Ana or Lake Forest.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on November 12, 2011, 11:31:49 AM
The Habit is okay... but it's more like franchise... I prefer the mop/pop greasy spoons like the Greek-owned family restaurants (George's Burgers in Fountain Valley comes to mind).
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on November 12, 2011, 07:03:19 PM
yesterday on Fieri's show there was a hole in the wall restaurant that made pork shank fall-of-the bone bolognese sauce with Tagliatelle pasta... where can I get that?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: traceimage on November 16, 2011, 04:18:35 PM
The reality is for every one American eatery closed 2 Asian eateries opened. We will soon see an interesting shifting dynamic. Non TIC retail centers are in the process of getting facelifts to justify a higher rent. At some point Asian eateries will populate all non TIC centers. The ones in TIC centers with the exception of Sam Woo are all struggling too with high overhead. Late 80's Culver/Westpark Asian corridor is losing its popularity to the new Asian Woodbury/Jeffrey corridor.

Wait till Little Sheep opens next to Marie Calendars... 

A restaurant for sheeple?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on November 16, 2011, 08:23:54 PM
Ate at SWSH for the third time in two weeks... we have really taken a liking to the place...here are some shots..

(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff390/Ps99472/3b673c63.jpg)
large angus ribeye

(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff390/Ps99472/3f5f2a36.jpg)
happy juice

(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff390/Ps99472/747469be.jpg)
veggie dish

Tip:  they give you a bowl with some soup stock in it near the end of the meal, make sure you ask for two spoonfuls of the stock, save some veggies and all of your udon, enoki, dried seaweed, scallions for it and cook it all in your pot in the end...  use the provided metal tongs and take out the cooked food and put it directly into the soup stock.. do NOT add any water from your shabu shabu pot... you're making a "dry" udon..  the flavor is pretty intense and finishes you off pretty well...
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: rent on November 17, 2011, 11:00:35 AM
Asian Tapas in Woodbury Town Center has changed owner. Prices are lower now, and there are 59 items on the lunch special menu. But they no longer offer Hainan chicken over rice which was my favorite there. :-|
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: traceimage on November 17, 2011, 02:32:31 PM
Asian Tapas in Woodbury Town Center has changed owner. Prices are lower now, and there are 59 items on the lunch special menu. But they no longer offer Hainan chicken over rice which was my favorite there. :-|

Wasn't it owned by the same people as Tri-Village? Did they sell Tri-Village as well?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeshopper on November 17, 2011, 02:33:21 PM
I have always wondered how a Chinese place could have survived with a high overhead. The plain rice and slow simmered chicken in low heat is not a Caucasian favorite. The meat is slippery with skin attached are gross. The minced ginger and onion dipping is for those with an acquired taste. I see why this dish did not make it.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeshopper on November 17, 2011, 02:35:39 PM

The owner must not totally depend on chefs that have a Pechanga habit.
Asian Tapas in Woodbury Town Center has changed owner. Prices are lower now, and there are 59 items on the lunch special menu. But they no longer offer Hainan chicken over rice which was my favorite there. :-|

Wasn't it owned by the same people as Tri-Village? Did they sell Tri-Village as well?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on November 17, 2011, 02:54:22 PM
Icicle Gun.

There. Someone was going to say it eventually.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on November 23, 2011, 09:01:48 PM
Boiling Point's B1G1 from 11-25 thru 11-27.. got the flyer in the mail.. seems like flyer is not needed to get the deal... it's gonna be a stampede... 

(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff390/Ps99472/015521d8.jpg)

Huh, the actual hot pot looks nothing like the pictures on the flyer...  be warned of the 'smell' when you first walk in, it's normal...
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Homer_Simpson on November 24, 2011, 12:48:09 AM
I went there 2 days straight.. House special hot pot was delicious, also try the Hokkaido milk tea!  It was pretty cool practicing my mandarin with the servers there.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on November 26, 2011, 09:48:28 AM
I dare to go to boiling point last night, it was a zoo, didn't even try to put our name down, seems like every UCI student is here or at buffalo wild wings.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on December 10, 2011, 11:22:00 AM
I don't know when this happened but I was over at The Crossroads and Pasta Bravo is closed... I read it was supposed to be replaced by another Italian eatery but I don't see any indication of that.

Also closed in that center, La Salsa... Chipotle must have taken away all the fast Mexican food customers. Crossroad has seen the most food place closures in the last few years than I have seen since being in Irvine... it used to have a Wienerdude, a Steak Escape and a few others... sad.

The LA Fitness is almost open (behind schedule I think). Also... not sure if I mentioned this before, but a Wing Stop also opened near the coffee shop (Peet's?).
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: traceimage on December 13, 2011, 03:51:57 PM
Does anyone know what they are building in the Culver Plaza, on the Culver/Deerfield side?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: whatever on December 13, 2011, 04:43:48 PM
I'm hoping for another bank or Subway because there doesn't seem to be enough of them in Irvine.  Looking at the Irvine Company site, I may be in luck.  It looks like they're putting in another Chase.  I'm so excited.

I'm looking forward to trying some of the new restaurants (like Class 302 & Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill)and hope they'll able to stick around if they're any good.

http://www.shoptheirvinecompany.com/NewStores.aspx
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on December 13, 2011, 04:48:32 PM
Great link locallocal.

It's probably just Chase because there's already a Subway in that center (how many banks does Irvine need?).

We passed by the Cucina Enoteca italian place last weekend at the Spectrum... upscale place and pricing. Kids menu was like $11! Even Paul Martin's only charges $7.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: traceimage on December 13, 2011, 04:49:47 PM
I'm hoping for another bank or Subway because there doesn't seem to be enough of them in Irvine.  Looking at the Irvine Company site, I may be in luck.  It looks like they're putting in another Chase.  I'm so excited.

I'm looking forward to trying some of the new restaurants (like Class 302 & Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill)and hope they'll able to stick around if they're any good.

http://www.shoptheirvinecompany.com/NewStores.aspx

Every time I get excited about a new building being built, thinking it will be some great new restaurant, it's always a boring bank. What a letdown.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeshopper on December 13, 2011, 04:58:05 PM
The gas station was the target for a tear down because it occupied a prime corner location. Older Gas stations in Irvine must be maintained well and avoid environmental infraction because the landlord wants to replace them with higher rent tenants. That gas station was cited for leaky tanks and environmental pollution. This should explain why Irvine gas stations are so clean or may be from the pressure of home prices.

There are 2 tenants but there is only one building with a large arch portal separating the 2 spaces.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on December 13, 2011, 05:07:43 PM
There are 2 tenants but there is only one building with a large arch portal separating the 2 spaces.
Chase and... another bank? Heh.

The Quail Hill center has like 53 banks.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeshopper on December 13, 2011, 05:41:18 PM
Irvine could use more florists: A population of 200,000+ with less than 6 florists is the city. I guess Costco is technically a florist and flowers near the Home Depot exit aisle for the very special ladies. If she is great then may be she deserves the flowers from Albertsons.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on December 13, 2011, 06:34:30 PM
I agree with ihs... but groceries also have flower departments, and I think Trader Joes does flowers (although not sure anymore).
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeshopper on December 13, 2011, 07:41:39 PM
The other certain profession demands 200 roses instead of a dozen so there should be more florists in Irvine. No one believes in romance anymore?
Irvine could use more florists: A population of 200,000+ with less than 6 florists is the city. I guess Costco is technically a florist and flowers near the Home Depot exit aisle for the very special ladies. If she is great then may be she deserves the flowers from Albertsons.

But maybe with more florists there would be less of a market for certain other professions in high demand? 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on December 13, 2011, 11:46:37 PM
The other certain profession demands 200 roses instead of a dozen so there should be more florists in Irvine. No one believes in romance anymore?
Irvine could use more florists: A population of 200,000+ with less than 6 florists is the city. I guess Costco is technically a florist and flowers near the Home Depot exit aisle for the very special ladies. If she is great then may be she deserves the flowers from Albertsons.

But maybe with more florists there would be less of a market for certain other professions in high demand? 
Who needs red roses when there is "red towel" service available in Irvine?  ;)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on January 03, 2012, 07:32:19 AM
Can't believe my kalbi radar didn't pick this up, but Gen BBQ in Tustin seems to be very popular...average 2hr wait for $20 AYCE...  anyone care to comment?  how long is the wait on a weekday lunch? 

http://www.yelp.com/biz/gen-korean-bbq-and-yakitori-bar-tustin-2
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on January 03, 2012, 11:47:09 AM
Does anyone notice how many more banks are opening in Irvine? And not just the big ones opening up additional branches (Citibank took over the old Blockbuster location in Oak Creek) but also ones I never heard of like Mega Bank (I think they are taking over the other Blockbuster in Westpark) and Opus Bank.

They're like mortgage companies... they just keep popping up.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: traceimage on January 03, 2012, 04:08:36 PM
Does anyone notice how many more banks are opening in Irvine? And not just the big ones opening up additional branches (Citibank took over the old Blockbuster location in Oak Creek) but also ones I never heard of like Mega Bank (I think they are taking over the other Blockbuster in Westpark) and Opus Bank.

They're like mortgage companies... they just keep popping up.

Yes, it's very annoying. I just noticed "Mega Bank" the other day. What the heck is that???

What we need is more independent pizzerias and Mexican and Chinese restaurants, not banks!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on January 03, 2012, 04:46:17 PM
Does anyone notice how many more banks are opening in Irvine? And not just the big ones opening up additional branches (Citibank took over the old Blockbuster location in Oak Creek) but also ones I never heard of like Mega Bank (I think they are taking over the other Blockbuster in Westpark) and Opus Bank.

They're like mortgage companies... they just keep popping up.

Yes, it's very annoying. I just noticed "Mega Bank" the other day. What the heck is that???

What we need is more independent pizzerias and Mexican and Chinese restaurants, not banks!
Maybe they are trying to get all those FBCers to open up bank accounts and throw their cash in there.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on January 04, 2012, 03:49:56 PM
Had Gen Korean BBQ for lunch, $15 AYCE, great deal.  The kalbi was my favorite followed by the beef tongue and shrimp.  Two hour limited, clock starts when the waiter takes ur order.  I don't see how u can eat for two hrs straight, we took just a little over an hour.  Good selection of meats including stuff I've never seen before (stomach, small and large intestines).  Service was refreshingly good for a Korean restaurant.  Waiter checked in on us quite frequently for additional orders.  We showed up at 11:15 and was second on the list.  I think by 11:30 the list was already full.  They're expanding and remodeling the useless yakitori bar.  Better then Korea House on Jeffrey and Seoul Garden on Red Hill.  Where else can u get $15 AYCE kalbi that's actually good?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on January 04, 2012, 03:52:43 PM
What's the dinner price for AYCE and do they bring it to your table or is it like Korea House and Arirang?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on January 04, 2012, 04:14:32 PM
$20 for dinner, still pretty good price, you order off menu and they bring it to the table...You know it's a good sign for a restaurant when you're in a crowded small waiting room with rude Korean grandmas... 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: momopi on January 05, 2012, 02:43:59 PM
thanks for the recs... outside of Irvine, we usually go to Ten Shabu in West Covina when visiting family..  also Ichi Ichi in Rowland Heights is pretty decent as well...there was a hot pot place (wu-ji?) that has a sour cabbage stock as your hot pot but sadly they closed down a few years ago... if someone knows another place that can do sour cabbage, please let me know.. 

My babysitter back in Changhua Taiwan is from Manchuria and used to cook sour napa fatty pork hot pot (東北酸菜白肉火鍋) daily.  She also hand made steamed corn buns.  When I flew back to TW to visit her in the 2000's, she had moved to the retirement community of "Rose City" in Taipei up by a mountain side with cleaner air.  She had lived in Germany with her youngest son for few years before moving back to Taiwan, and we chatted about sauerkraut and running Chinese takeout restuarant in Germany.  Lo and behold, for lunch she still had the same large pot of sour napa with sliced fatty pork, complete with steamed corn buns on her dining table.  >_<

For those unfamiliar, it looks something like this:

(http://blog.nownews.com/7/7770/img/0000211929_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on January 05, 2012, 03:03:21 PM
Had Gen Korean BBQ for lunch, $15 AYCE, great deal.  The kalbi was my favorite followed by the beef tongue and shrimp.  Two hour limited, clock starts when the waiter takes ur order.  I don't see how u can eat for two hrs straight, we took just a little over an hour.  Good selection of meats including stuff I've never seen before (stomach, small and large intestines).  Service was refreshingly good for a Korean restaurant.  Waiter checked in on us quite frequently for additional orders.  We showed up at 11:15 and was second on the list.  I think by 11:30 the list was already full.  They're expanding and remodeling the useless yakitori bar.  Better then Korea House on Jeffrey and Seoul Garden on Red Hill.  Where else can u get $15 AYCE kalbi that's actually good?
So your advice is to arrive by 11:15am to ensure you get a spot?  :D
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: momopi on January 05, 2012, 04:07:44 PM
A short (ancient) history on Shabu Shabu:

During the Meiji-jidai (Meiji period, 1868-1912), Japan moved from isolationism to industrialization, modernization, and international trade.   Consumption of beef was legalized and many foreign foods, spices, and new cooking methods were introduced.  Port cities like Yokohama and Osaka had many foreign traders and influences on local cuisine.

In late Meiji-period year 43 (1910), a Japanese restaurateur opened “Suehiro” in Osaka, serving both local and foreign cuisine.  After WW2, during mid-Shōwa era Year 27 (1952), it’s said that a chef at this restaurant started serving “Shabu-shabu”  hot pot, based on a thinly sliced lamb hot pot from China.  In 1955 the dish was popular enough that the owner of the restaurant decided to trademark it.
 
Japanese style Shabu-shabu tend to use simple soup base of boiling water with kombu or light broth, versus Nabemono tend to have more complex soup base.  Some say that Suehiro’s secret recipe is the goma (sesame) dipping sauce, which gives flavor to the meat.  Chinese style hot pot tends to have more complex and heavy soup base, but the dipping sauce (if any) tends to be simple.  However, tastes do change and you may find more spicy foods and complex shabu shabu soup base at Japanese restaurants today.

Our ancestors have cooked food in boiling water or soup for many thousands of years.  But the shabu shabu, or “swish swish” style requires the meat to be thinly sliced, so it can be cooked quickly as you swish the meat in the hot pot.  The earliest known record of this style of hot pot dates back to Qin and Han dynasty approx. 2200 years ago.  Back then they used the Chinese character “濯” (zhuó / ㄓㄨㄛˊ), which means “wash out” or “rinse”.  Obviously, the meat has to be sliced thin to be cooked in this style, where you “wash and rinse” the meat in the boiling soup before consumption.
 
Since moo moo’s were used for farming, the Chinese hot pot of 200 BCE did not usually use sliced beef.  In 1971, diggers found very well preserved Han Dynasty burial sites called Mawangdui (馬王堆) in Hunan.  The people buried in the tombs were from local nobility/feudal lords, who were well fed and were buried with a variety of goods and food stuffs.  They found written catalogue of burial goods in the tomb detailing everything that was put in, including food stuffs that have long since expired.  On the catalogue they found  “濯雞” and “濯豚”, zhuó style chicken hot pot and pork hot pot.

The tombs were dated to Western Han (206 BCE – 9 BCE) and the women in tomb no. 1 was so well preserved, doctors were able to perform an autopsy.  She was the wife of a local feudal lord and ate very well.  Doctors concluded that she died in her 50’s from heart attack due to clogged arteries and eating too much sugar and fatty meats.  She was “obese” and buried with a large collection of food stuffs.  In her stomach the doctors found over 100 melon seeds from her last meal (guess they didn’t spit the seeds back then).
 
http://www.historywiz.com/didyouknow/ladydai.html
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on January 05, 2012, 08:40:13 PM
Had Gen Korean BBQ for lunch, $15 AYCE, great deal.  The kalbi was my favorite followed by the beef tongue and shrimp.  Two hour limited, clock starts when the waiter takes ur order.  I don't see how u can eat for two hrs straight, we took just a little over an hour.  Good selection of meats including stuff I've never seen before (stomach, small and large intestines).  Service was refreshingly good for a Korean restaurant.  Waiter checked in on us quite frequently for additional orders.  We showed up at 11:15 and was second on the list.  I think by 11:30 the list was already full.  They're expanding and remodeling the useless yakitori bar.  Better then Korea House on Jeffrey and Seoul Garden on Red Hill.  Where else can u get $15 AYCE kalbi that's actually good?
So your advice is to arrive by 11:15am to ensure you get a spot?  :D

for lunch yes...dinner i hear can have waits up to 2 hrs from yelp reviews...
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on January 12, 2012, 10:12:46 PM
Round Table Pizza in the center on Alton and Culver closed... the one next to Jalapenos.

I like their pizza but now that the chains are all price battling with $10 or less... they just couldn't compete.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on January 12, 2012, 10:20:59 PM
Claim jumpers site still empty?  Is this TIC property?  I like this shopping center, only bad thing is its hard to exit.  Which come to think of it, majority of these Irvine hub shopping centers have difficult exits, is it to minimize disruption of traffic on the major arteries (Culver, Jamboree, Jeffrey)?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on January 12, 2012, 10:50:46 PM
Claim jumpers site still empty?  Is this TIC property?
Yep... at least they tenanted the Blockbuster space (with a bank of course).

Hometown Buffet should go into the CJ spot (heh).
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on January 12, 2012, 11:16:02 PM
Claim jumpers site still empty?  Is this TIC property?  I like this shopping center, only bad thing is its hard to exit.  Which come to think of it, majority of these Irvine hub shopping centers have difficult exits, is it to minimize disruption of traffic on the major arteries (Culver, Jamboree, Jeffrey)?

I believe that is the case. Irvinehomeshopper mentioned that was the case as to why diamond jamboree didnt have an entrance/exit off of jamboree
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeshopper on January 13, 2012, 12:57:05 PM
800' before an Irvine major artery and its intersection is off limit to driveways and entrances unless a deceleration land is provided (never due to land premium). The older plazas are grandfather in and Irvine will not close their driveways. However the corner gas stations are a nuisance and the city wants them out. The station owners have the right and long term lease but they have to keep the place clean and no infractions.

At Culver Plaza the bank will take the entire space and the large opening has been filled in.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: traceimage on January 23, 2012, 04:21:39 PM
Round Table Pizza in the center on Alton and Culver closed... the one next to Jalapenos.

I like their pizza but now that the chains are all price battling with $10 or less... they just couldn't compete.

Serves them right. I also like their pizza, especially their specialty ones with the garlic sauce, but they're just too expensive.

Speaking of Jalapenos, I noticed that the one in Woodbury Plaza (next to The Counter) has closed.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on January 23, 2012, 04:24:38 PM
Marmalade Cafe in The District has closed... that center is horrible.

The lease has been taken over by another place but I doubt they will last.

I hope Nothing Bundt Cakes doesn't close... just bought some presents there a few weeks ago.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: zovall on January 23, 2012, 05:01:20 PM
Round Table Pizza in the center on Alton and Culver closed... the one next to Jalapenos.

I like their pizza but now that the chains are all price battling with $10 or less... they just couldn't compete.

I've been a fan of Round Table at that location - but usually only when I had a decent coupon.  Too bad they are gone.  Lately I've been going to Ray's at the University Town Center - also not exactly cheap but 'You're gonna love it!'  ;)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on January 23, 2012, 05:01:23 PM
Marmalade Cafe in The District has closed... that center is horrible.

The lease has been taken over by another place but I doubt they will last.

I hope Nothing Bundt Cakes doesn't close... just bought some presents there a few weeks ago.

Dont worry IHO - if NBC closes i will personally buy a franchise and open there. I will also sell tamales and fortune cookies to cater to the ethnic crowds and increase its popularity.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: iacrenter on January 23, 2012, 05:23:00 PM
Marmalade Cafe in The District has closed... that center is horrible.

The lease has been taken over by another place but I doubt they will last.

I hope Nothing Bundt Cakes doesn't close... just bought some presents there a few weeks ago.

Dont worry IHO - if NBC closes i will personally buy a franchise and open there. I will also sell tamales and fortune cookies to cater to the ethnic crowds and increase its popularity.

When are they going to tear down that mall? They just need to start from scratch and solve their traffic issues.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeshopper on January 23, 2012, 05:53:57 PM
tamales and fortune cookies seriously? That sounds like a good fart and a bad fortune. How about Donut and Chinese food? Totally befitting of Test's Ghetto.

Marmalade Cafe in The District has closed... that center is horrible.

The lease has been taken over by another place but I doubt they will last.

I hope Nothing Bundt Cakes doesn't close... just bought some presents there a few weeks ago.

Dont worry IHO - if NBC closes i will personally buy a franchise and open there. I will also sell tamales and fortune cookies to cater to the ethnic crowds and increase its popularity.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on January 23, 2012, 06:20:41 PM
tamales and fortune cookies seriously? That sounds like a good fart and a bad fortune. How about Donut and Chinese food? Totally befitting of Test's Ghetto.

Marmalade Cafe in The District has closed... that center is horrible.

The lease has been taken over by another place but I doubt they will last.

I hope Nothing Bundt Cakes doesn't close... just bought some presents there a few weeks ago.

Dont worry IHO - if NBC closes i will personally buy a franchise and open there. I will also sell tamales and fortune cookies to cater to the ethnic crowds and increase its popularity.

Donuts are too similar to bundt cakes and aren't fortune cookies Chinese food?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on January 23, 2012, 07:11:46 PM
It seems all the food places close down left and right there.. except for those with peek-a-boo jamboree views like In-n-out and chick fil a..  Only places worth eating is the Hawaiian bbq places next to Target... they give massive amounts of food..
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeshopper on January 23, 2012, 07:13:29 PM
Fortune Cookies are served at Panda Express, PF Changs and Pei Wei. So you can draw a conclusion.
tamales and fortune cookies seriously? That sounds like a good fart and a bad fortune. How about Donut and Chinese food? Totally befitting of Test's Ghetto.

Marmalade Cafe in The District has closed... that center is horrible.

The lease has been taken over by another place but I doubt they will last.

I hope Nothing Bundt Cakes doesn't close... just bought some presents there a few weeks ago.

Dont worry IHO - if NBC closes i will personally buy a franchise and open there. I will also sell tamales and fortune cookies to cater to the ethnic crowds and increase its popularity.

Donuts are too similar to bundt cakes and aren't fortune cookies Chinese food?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on January 23, 2012, 08:20:57 PM
It seems all the food places close down left and right there.. except for those with peek-a-boo jamboree views like In-n-out and chick fil a..  Only places worth eating is the Hawaiian bbq places next to Target... they give massive amounts of food..

my wife loves that Hawaiian bbq place next to target, she gets that a lot on her way home from work. our dogs love those ribs.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on January 23, 2012, 08:29:46 PM
Only get the mini-meals at Aloha Hawaiian... those can actually feed two people... the regular can feed a family.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeshopper on January 24, 2012, 10:13:58 AM
Hawaiian portion?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: iacrenter on January 27, 2012, 12:35:37 AM
Hawaiian portion?

Have you seen a Hawaiian Sumo wrestler? That is a "Hawaiian sized" portion.  :D
(http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/more/sumo/news/1998/09/28/konishiki_retired/konishiki_all.jpg)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on January 27, 2012, 12:36:30 AM
(http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/more/sumo/news/1998/09/28/konishiki_retired/konishiki_all.jpg)
IHO vs IHS
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: WoodburyDad on February 18, 2012, 09:57:32 PM
Steinmart is coming to the Marketplace
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on February 19, 2012, 09:53:07 AM
Goro sushi has closed, they were next to the closed Indian restaurant (now a pho place) and closed Roundtables.. only Jalapenos remain... Actually like their food at Goro... I think one of the sushi chef was Indian? but spoke Japanese?  Love their lobster roll.. simple taste, complex texture.. I think it was actually Japanese owned...
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: traceimage on February 19, 2012, 07:35:34 PM
A restaurant called Honey Pig is opening in the Trabuco Grove plaza, where La Salsa used to be. The guy putting up the sign said it will serve Korean bbq.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: kalbi on February 19, 2012, 07:40:24 PM
A restaurant called Honey Pig is opening in the Trabuco Grove plaza, where La Salsa used to be. The guy putting up the sign said it will serve Korean bbq.

seriously? honey pig is delicious!!!!!!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: kalbi on February 19, 2012, 07:41:36 PM
http://www.yelp.com/biz/honey-pig-los-angeles
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeshopper on February 20, 2012, 11:19:04 AM
They should name it your honey is a pig.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: traceimage on February 20, 2012, 04:42:29 PM
A restaurant called Honey Pig is opening in the Trabuco Grove plaza, where La Salsa used to be. The guy putting up the sign said it will serve Korean bbq.

seriously? honey pig is delicious!!!!!!

Really? Hmm. I didn't know it was an established restaurant opening a new outpost. I'm not a big fan of Korean bbq, though, so I probably won't be checking it out.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: traceimage on February 20, 2012, 05:01:55 PM
I'm not a big fan of Korean bbq, though, so I probably won't be checking it out.

That's just crazy talk.

I know. Everyone else on earth loves it. I'm so weird.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on February 20, 2012, 05:58:28 PM
I'm not a big fan of Korean bbq, though, so I probably won't be checking it out.

That's just crazy talk.
Talk Irvine meet at Honey Pig?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Homer_Simpson on February 22, 2012, 02:03:09 PM
I'm not a big fan of Korean bbq, though, so I probably won't be checking it out.

That's just crazy talk.
Talk Irvine meet at Honey Pig?

Ok  :)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on February 27, 2012, 01:26:10 PM
There goes the neighborhood...

Daiso Japan to open next to Total Woman Gym on Culver.  I'm not too familiar with Daiso, upon googling, found out it's the Japanese equivalent of the dollar store with alot of cheapwares from China.  It's gonna replace all the cheapy Ikea stuff we have around the house.

More info..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daiso

Yelp reviews of current Daiso chains in U.S.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/daiso-japan-union-city
http://www.yelp.com/biz/daiso-japan-san-jose

(not the same demographics as Irvine..)

EDIT:

found one in cupertino

http://www.yelp.com/biz/daiso-cupertino

Favorable reviews, looking forward to browsing.

Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Homer_Simpson on February 27, 2012, 04:02:01 PM
LOL, I use to go to the one in Cupertino.  Glad they are bringing more useless stuff to Irvine  :D
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeshopper on February 28, 2012, 10:55:54 AM
LOL, I use to go to the one in Cupertino.  Glad they are bringing more useless stuff to Irvine  :D

Perfect to match the floor plan.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: traceimage on February 29, 2012, 04:16:06 PM
What on earth is going on at the Crossing shopping center? The one on Culver/Barranca, is that what it is called? I was over there today, for the first time in a while, and it seems like half the plaza is out of business.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on February 29, 2012, 04:18:48 PM
What on earth is going on at the Crossing shopping center? The one on Culver/Barranca, is that what it is called? I was over there today, for the first time in a while, and it seems like half the plaza is out of business.
Yep.

Has been like that for a while... long time businesses there are gone.

Athough... Stonefire Grill always seems busy... and Chipotle.

Strange how a center anchored by Target can have such high vacancy.

Since the LA Fitness opened... maybe put a Jamba Juice in there?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeshopper on February 29, 2012, 06:58:17 PM
Legacy at the District killed this strip mall. The Target there is just riding out the long term 30 year lease signed in late 80s. That time is near and the one at the District is the flagship store.

Shifting of demographic from white to Persian and Chindians will continue to erode American mainstream commercial and retails. After housing the limited discretionary income can't be spent all over to save the dying breeds of Stripmall retails. Diamond Jamboree, Arbor, and Heritage stole a large chunk of market shares.

TIC is run by whites and there is no minorities in the executive power house who understands the ethnic cultire. This is why TIC missed the target for the majority of the Irvine population.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: WoodburyDad on March 01, 2012, 10:12:07 AM
Legacy at the District killed this strip mall. The Target there is just riding out the long term 30 year lease signed in late 80s. That time is near and the one at the District is the flagship store.

Shifting of demographic from white to Persian and Chindians will continue to erode American mainstream commercial and retails. After housing the limited discretionary income can't be spent all over to save the dying breeds of Stripmall retails. Diamond Jamboree, Arbor, and Heritage stole a large chunk of market shares.

TIC is run by whites and there is no minorities in the executive power house who understands the ethnic cultire. This is why TIC missed the target for the majority of the Irvine population.

We frequent the Target located at the Spectrum.
It seems to draw a lot of it’s customers from the surrounding areas.
We’ve run into several families from Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo, and Laguna Hills while shopping there.
One family came from Foothill Ranch and preferred the Spectrum Target over their local one because it’s old and dated. 
Do you think an update or new look would help the Target at Crossroads attract the customers it lost to the newer Target at the District?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on March 01, 2012, 11:15:34 AM
They actually just updated the Crossroads Target.

When they put in the grocery area last year and they just redid the snack eating area a week or two ago.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on March 01, 2012, 11:23:32 AM
If it wasn't for Chipolte and the California Fish Grill, I'd never go into the Crossroads Shopping Center.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: WoodburyDad on March 01, 2012, 12:35:24 PM
If it wasn't for Chipolte and the California Fish Grill, I'd never go into the Crossroads Shopping Center.

Same with us.
We go there for the Wingstop and California Fish Grill.
I would like to check out the new LA Fitness but haven't had the time.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeshopper on March 01, 2012, 01:28:30 PM
That strip mall will die. It is just a matter of time TIC will get it rezone to residential so IHO could be next to his beloved 405 and possibly getting his 3CWG.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: New Name on March 07, 2012, 02:23:07 PM
I forget the name but something is moving into the Costco center on Bryan where the Kmart used to be.  Feels like its been vacant at least 3 years.  It was some company I never heard of, I want to say its like International something.  Must be pretty big.  I was hoping Costco would turn it into a gas station.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: The California Court Company on March 07, 2012, 02:36:56 PM
You meant where Sears used to be?

I forget the name but something is moving into the Costco center on Bryan where the Kmart used to be.  Feels like its been vacant at least 3 years.  It was some company I never heard of, I want to say its like International something.  Must be pretty big.  I was hoping Costco would turn it into a gas station.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: New Name on March 07, 2012, 03:31:47 PM
You are correct.  Shows how long its been since I have been there.  Last time I went it was a Kmart (I'm guessing it was 2003 or 2004) and it was just a mess.  I never went in after they converted it to a Sears Essential.  Hard to go there when in the same shopping center at Costco and then Target is right down the street.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on March 07, 2012, 03:47:50 PM
Not sure if this was posted but Red Robin is taking over the old Marmalade Cafe spot in The District.

In&Out, 5 Guys and Red Robin all in the same center... get a Tommy's in there already!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on March 07, 2012, 03:59:51 PM
Add Capriotti's to the list at the everchanging District

http://www.capriottis.com/

hopefully they have good pastrami...Trojan, you tried this chain from Vegas?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on March 07, 2012, 05:01:34 PM
Add Capriotti's to the list at the everchanging District

http://www.capriottis.com/

hopefully they have good pastrami...Trojan, you tried this chain from Vegas?
Yeah, good sandwich place...way better than Subway, Togos, or Quiznos.  They also have Port of Subs in Vegas that's pretty good too.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeshopper on March 07, 2012, 05:49:59 PM
That KMart was drawing the bad riff raffs from Santa Ana. It killed the center because who wants to shop among the low life. Sears Essential was the cheap brand of Sears and purchased Kmarts. For middle America it was a good move but for CA the transaction was a liability.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeshopper on March 07, 2012, 05:52:56 PM
Even when the District is recycling it's tenants. The center still sucked the life out of all strip malls close to it including the almighty TIC retail centers.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: WoodburyDad on March 09, 2012, 10:43:37 AM
I forget the name but something is moving into the Costco center on Bryan where the Kmart used to be.  Feels like its been vacant at least 3 years.  It was some company I never heard of, I want to say its like International something.  Must be pretty big.  I was hoping Costco would turn it into a gas station.

Aria International Supermarket is moving into that space.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: DuckWingDuck on March 13, 2012, 10:47:15 AM
There goes the neighborhood...

Daiso Japan to open next to Total Woman Gym on Culver.  I'm not too familiar with Daiso, upon googling, found out it's the Japanese equivalent of the dollar store with alot of cheapwares from China.  It's gonna replace all the cheapy Ikea stuff we have around the house.


Is that the old Jax Bicycle space?  I thought Total Woman Gym had expanded to eat up that square footage?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeshopper on March 13, 2012, 10:57:08 AM
I was there last weekend and I actually did like the transformation of the strip mall. It is a lot more pleasant and even the tenants upstairs like the adults happy ending place next to the Children's Piano Forte are getting really good signage exposure. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: traceimage on March 16, 2012, 11:15:23 AM
So the shabu shabu place that is opening in the Trabuco Grove plaza has changed its name. It's not open yet, but the sign used to say something like "coming soon: Oshii" and now it is going to be "Mokkoji." I noticed this the other day when I was getting some ice cream at Baskin-Robbins. It's taking over the spot where Daphne's used to be, I think.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: kalbi on March 16, 2012, 11:57:25 AM
So the shabu shabu place that is opening in the Trabuco Grove plaza has changed its name. It's not open yet, but the sign used to say something like "coming soon: Oshii" and now it is going to be "Mokkoji." I noticed this the other day when I was getting some ice cream at Baskin-Robbins. It's taking over the spot where Daphne's used to be, I think.

just great, this center is going to turn into an asian parking lot soon.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on March 16, 2012, 01:09:06 PM
LOve to shab, hopefully they have booths so it's kid friendly, hate those horseshoe high barstool shab places
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: traceimage on March 16, 2012, 02:08:10 PM
So the shabu shabu place that is opening in the Trabuco Grove plaza has changed its name. It's not open yet, but the sign used to say something like "coming soon: Oshii" and now it is going to be "Mokkoji." I noticed this the other day when I was getting some ice cream at Baskin-Robbins. It's taking over the spot where Daphne's used to be, I think.

just great, this center is going to turn into an asian parking lot soon.

It totally is. It's the same plaza where they are opening Honey Pig.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: kalbi on March 16, 2012, 02:36:34 PM
So the shabu shabu place that is opening in the Trabuco Grove plaza has changed its name. It's not open yet, but the sign used to say something like "coming soon: Oshii" and now it is going to be "Mokkoji." I noticed this the other day when I was getting some ice cream at Baskin-Robbins. It's taking over the spot where Daphne's used to be, I think.

just great, this center is going to turn into an asian parking lot soon.



It totally is. It's the same plaza where they are opening Honey Pig.

exactly. that starbucks is already packed with real asian housewives of irvine. now with honey pig and shabu, it's going to be one clusterf*!@ of a parking lot.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: WoodburyDad on March 16, 2012, 02:41:43 PM


exactly. that starbucks is already packed with real asian housewives of irvine

That's so true
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on March 19, 2012, 11:16:06 PM
New BBQ joint called "All That BBQ" to open near Ranch 99 at Culver Plaza.  Not too sure about the name since shopirvine site listed it as "All The BBQ". Hope for a BBQ joint southern style with dry rub and served with two pieces of wonder bread.  Feel sorry for the people working out of the weight loss center nearby, walking out you'll get a double whammy of Sam Woo BBQ and this new place.  I end up gaining weight when I work out at the 24 hrs followed with a Sam woo three combo plate.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: traceimage on March 21, 2012, 03:49:16 PM
Anyone know what they are building in the parking lot near Target in the Marketplace?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on March 21, 2012, 04:01:58 PM
Not sure but in other news "The Range" is opening where nasty Pat&Oscars use to be.  Story here

http://m.ocregister.com/articles/irvine-344845-san-diego.html


Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: iacrenter on March 25, 2012, 11:23:32 PM
I guess the TIC marketing machine is in full gear:

Just drove by today and noticed the new signage. Say goodbye to the old Trabuco Grove Shopping Center (corner of Traubuco & Jeffrey) and say hello to the rebadged CYPRESS Village Shopping Center.

Now when you pickup your Cypress Village home buying brochures, they will tout exclusive access to their own shopping center just like their older and prettier sister village of Woodbury.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: traceimage on March 25, 2012, 11:52:30 PM
I guess the TIC marketing machine is in full gear:

Just drove by today and noticed the new signage. Say goodbye to the old Trabuco Grove Shopping Center (corner of Traubuco & Jeffrey) and say hello to the rebadged CYPRESS Village Shopping Center.

Now when you pickup your Cypress Village home buying brochures, they will tout exclusive access to their own shopping center just like their older and prettier sister village of Woodbury.

I noticed that too. The restaurants there are now called the "Cypress Village Cafes."
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on March 26, 2012, 07:27:07 AM
Pretty smart... although I wonder why they didn't call it the Northwood II Village Center in the first place. :)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeshopper on March 26, 2012, 10:23:09 AM
This will forever bury the google search words of an epic event like white Lexus, Tri-village, Trabuco Village and Chinese man. Future FCBs will never be able to Google Fu the historic event.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on March 26, 2012, 10:25:47 AM
the burger king at heritage plaza (culver and walnut) closed down. i never saw people in there, without a drive through im surprised it even made it this long.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on March 26, 2012, 10:27:30 AM
the burger king at heritage plaza (culver and walnut) closed down. i never saw people in there, without a drive through im surprised it even made it this long.
That's interesting... the one near the District where Sam's Club used to be closed down too... and it had a drive-thru. I wonder if they were owned by the same franchisee.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeshopper on March 26, 2012, 01:06:37 PM
I think Burger Kings closed because the white people could not afford to live in Irvine anymore. Shark fin or geoduck burgers should rescue the dying franchise in Irvine.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on March 26, 2012, 01:12:04 PM
I think Burger Kings closed because the white people could not afford to live in Irvine anymore. Shark fin or geoduck burgers should rescue the dying franchise in Irvine.
Or white people are going to the good burger chains like In'N'Out and Five Guys.  :D
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: LAtoOC on March 26, 2012, 01:45:12 PM
This will forever bury the google search words of an epic event like white Lexus, Tri-village, Trabuco Village and Chinese man. Future FCBs will never be able to Google Fu the historic event.

Cypress Village Murder!
http://www.irvinehousingblog.com/forums/viewthread/4363/

Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on March 26, 2012, 03:56:51 PM
I think Burger Kings closed because the white people could not afford to live in Irvine anymore. Shark fin or geoduck burgers should rescue the dying franchise in Irvine.
Or white people are going to the good burger chains like In'N'Out and Five Guys.  :D

yeah, i went to burger king about a month or two ago to try their new fries and they were really bad, didnt like them at all. The whopper didnt even taste that good either. Their food quality has been tanking. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeshopper on March 26, 2012, 04:11:26 PM
Did you order the 2010 collection combo?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on March 26, 2012, 05:01:27 PM
I think Burger Kings closed because the white people could not afford to live in Irvine anymore. Shark fin or geoduck burgers should rescue the dying franchise in Irvine.
Or white people are going to the good burger chains like In'N'Out and Five Guys.  :D

yeah, i went to burger king about a month or two ago to try their new fries and they were really bad, didnt like them at all. The whopper didnt even taste that good either. Their food quality has been tanking. 
I remember the Whoppers were awesome when I was in high school and college (I think they had them for $.99 too).  Everything at BK sucks, I rather have a burger at CrapDonalds.  They closed down the FatBurger over in Park Place off Jamboree.  :(
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on March 26, 2012, 07:26:24 PM
I prefer the flame broiled burgers at Burger King over McDonald's any day.

One notable thing that BK has for their kid's meals, Mac&Cheese.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on March 26, 2012, 08:04:30 PM
Bk is all about the onion rings, no one else comes close...
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on March 26, 2012, 10:57:37 PM
Bk is all about the onion rings, no one else comes close...
You are dead to me.

Those aren't "onion rings"... those are chopped up onions shaped into a shape of a ring... might as well be Funyuns. Carl's Jr. has real onion rings.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on March 26, 2012, 11:39:21 PM
Bk is all about the onion rings, no one else comes close...
You are dead to me.

Those aren't "onion rings"... those are chopped up onions shaped into a shape of a ring... might as well be Funyuns. Carl's Jr. has real onion rings.

Bks onion rings may well be their best item. If u want real/better onion rings go to red robin and get the tower of onion rings. Now those are some real/great onion rings.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on March 27, 2012, 07:43:18 AM
Never had Carl's onion rungs except in the western..  Can't really taste it due to the BBQ sauce.  Don't like how you can gut/pull out the onion from the ring if you don't bite careful enough.  Bk onion rings will always have a special place in my heart.  Use to eat it quite a bit in my childhood (not by choice more convenience and money).  Plus ur fart stink the most after Bk's, gotta be the secret spices.

I don't think Red robin counts, its not "fast food". 

Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on March 27, 2012, 08:03:43 AM
I like the deep fried tacos at BK more than the rings. Or when they used to have mozzarella sticks... deep fried cheese at a fast food joint... awesome!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: WoodburyDad on March 27, 2012, 10:25:55 AM
I guess the TIC marketing machine is in full gear:

Just drove by today and noticed the new signage. Say goodbye to the old Trabuco Grove Shopping Center (corner of Traubuco & Jeffrey) and say hello to the rebadged CYPRESS Village Shopping Center.

Now when you pickup your Cypress Village home buying brochures, they will tout exclusive access to their own shopping center just like their older and prettier sister village of Woodbury.

They’ve pretty much changed the center over to Cypress Village only the Grove street name turning into the center remains.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: traceimage on March 27, 2012, 04:24:58 PM
Never had Carl's onion rungs except in the western..  Can't really taste it due to the BBQ sauce.  Don't like how you can gut/pull out the onion from the ring if you don't bite careful enough.  Bk onion rings will always have a special place in my heart. 

I don't like that either, when the slimy onion slides out from the onion ring and you are left with the choice of eating a plain slimy onion, or empty crispy coating. With BK's chopped up onions, no such problems!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on March 27, 2012, 04:39:28 PM
You guys crack me up... it's onion RINGS... not chopped onion circles.

I guess you guys don't like the Bloomin' Onion at Outback or the Onion Strings at Wood Ranch or Lucille's either?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on March 27, 2012, 04:39:39 PM
Man, I HATE onions!!!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on March 27, 2012, 05:02:47 PM
Ok IHO, you like McRibs?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on March 27, 2012, 05:31:18 PM
Ok IHO, you like McRibs?
Nope. I don't really like to eat real ribs either.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on March 28, 2012, 09:00:32 AM
Saw another pho restaurant opening soon.. near Mr. Sandwich on Barranca and Jamboree...can't think of anything about the name...

Pho Kobe
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: whatever on March 28, 2012, 09:21:40 AM
I'm happy that Irvine has finally decided to deviate from the standard bland chain restaurant, but all of these Asian places is getting to be a bit overkill. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeshopper on March 28, 2012, 09:28:40 AM
Supply and demand. For every Burger King closes 2 Asian eateries pop up. It is just a matter of time that Irvine becomes another Rowland Heights. Eventually some Thai restaurants will go into the McDonalds.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: WoodburyDad on March 28, 2012, 10:43:35 AM
Supply and demand. For every Burger King closes 2 Asian eateries pop up. It is just a matter of time that Irvine becomes another Rowland Heights. Eventually some Thai restaurants will go into the McDonalds.

Supply and demand indeed.
I’m counting on all those new tutoring/academic enrichment centers springing up around Irvine to help drive the costs down.  ;)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on March 28, 2012, 11:52:51 AM
With yelp around, it seems harder now as a start up, all it takes is a couple 1 star reviews from elites to tank ur business.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on April 12, 2012, 09:22:22 AM
Daiso grand opening this Sat, see you all there
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: WoodburyDad on April 12, 2012, 02:32:55 PM
Anyone know what they are building in the parking lot near Target in the Marketplace?

I noticed some framing has gone up but not sure what''s going in there
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: traceimage on April 12, 2012, 03:38:52 PM
Anyone know what they are building in the parking lot near Target in the Marketplace?

I noticed some framing has gone up but not sure what''s going in there

As always, I'm hoping it's going to be an exciting and delicious new restaurant. But how much do you want to bet it's a bank? That's all they ever build lately.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Cubic Zirconia on April 12, 2012, 03:44:36 PM
Anyone know what they are building in the parking lot near Target in the Marketplace?

I noticed some framing has gone up but not sure what''s going in there

As always, I'm hoping it's going to be an exciting and delicious new restaurant. But how much do you want to bet it's a bank? That's all they ever build lately.

Chase?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: whatever on April 12, 2012, 09:10:26 PM
maybe this?

http://fastfood.ocregister.com/2012/03/01/another-hip-san-diego-eatery-coming-to-irvine/150947/
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on April 12, 2012, 10:25:49 PM
maybe this?

http://fastfood.ocregister.com/2012/03/01/another-hip-san-diego-eatery-coming-to-irvine/150947/

That's actually taking over the Pat&Oscar's spot.

I think it's Chase too going into that new build.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on April 14, 2012, 12:09:35 PM
Daiso grand opening was pretty intense...  $1.50 for almost the entire store, there was a line to get in but moved pretty fast...found my origami papers

Felt like shopping at the $1 section in Target except it was the whole store..

A lot of stuff made in China...gonna start a list for stuff made in Japan

I bet Dollar Tree never gets this kind of reaction...irvine land of the sheep
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on April 14, 2012, 02:53:21 PM
Best Buy had announced earlier they are closing 50 stores... and I was wondering if any in the area were closing because we have so many... turns out The District's curse continues:

http://stores.bestbuy.com/1472/

That seemed like one of the few places that drew business into The District... so what is going to go there now? Can I petition for a Fry's?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on April 14, 2012, 03:28:58 PM
When's the last time you bought anything at Best Buy besides BF?  Video games, DVDs, Blu Ray, all will be a thing of the past.  They have a strained relationship with Apple.  Amazon/internet will always beat their prices due to taxes and overhead..
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on April 14, 2012, 04:18:03 PM
Best Buy will become CC in a few years.  They are basically the display for amazon and the other lower cost internet sellers.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on April 14, 2012, 05:45:28 PM
When's the last time you bought anything at Best Buy besides BF?  Video games, DVDs, Blu Ray, all will be a thing of the past.  They have a strained relationship with Apple.  Amazon/internet will always beat their prices due to taxes and overhead..
Just bought something there a few weeks ago.

During the holidays when they had a return policy of 90+ days, I bought a few things from them (and ended up not returning any).

For me, I would always want a physical store where I can check something out before I buy it... and if they have it on sale, it sometimes beats Amazon even with tax.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: test on April 14, 2012, 11:16:39 PM
Best Buy had announced earlier they are closing 50 stores... and I was wondering if any in the area were closing because we have so many... turns out The District's curse continues:

http://stores.bestbuy.com/1472/

That seemed like one of the few places that drew business into The District... so what is going to go there now? Can I petition for a Fry's?

They still don't have a replacement for Borders. Losing two anchor stores is a big hit.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeshopper on April 15, 2012, 10:53:42 AM
Irvine retail culture got to offer the best products at the cheapest price. Borders was doomed to fail when consumers see a book at Borders and go home to order it at Amazon. Unless it is some  unsearchable items like the ones at TJ Maxx Home Goods then many non discount retailers in Irvine will continue to die.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Cubic Zirconia on April 15, 2012, 12:06:24 PM
I always do that- browse books in a book store, scan the ISBN, buy it on kindle.
Same thing with Best buy - don't remember when I bought the last item there. I visited the store a couple of months ago though.
Home goods and clothes are hard to buy online. The sizes always differ, the look and feel of the actual product are different than the one pictured. So we might always buy them, and of course produce/ dairy in physical stores.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: traceimage on April 16, 2012, 11:40:12 PM
maybe this?

http://fastfood.ocregister.com/2012/03/01/another-hip-san-diego-eatery-coming-to-irvine/150947/

That's actually taking over the Pat&Oscar's spot.

I think it's Chase too going into that new build.

I really don't understand the need for new banks. Who goes to the bank? It's not like it was 20 years ago, when there was a line at the bank on Friday afternoons, with everybody depositing their paychecks. Now you can deposit checks via camera phone and do most of your banking online. Why keep adding new bank buildings all over Irvine?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on April 16, 2012, 11:45:37 PM
maybe this?

http://fastfood.ocregister.com/2012/03/01/another-hip-san-diego-eatery-coming-to-irvine/150947/

That's actually taking over the Pat&Oscar's spot.

I think it's Chase too going into that new build.

I really don't understand the need for new banks. Who goes to the bank? It's not like it was 20 years ago, when there was a line at the bank on Friday afternoons, with everybody depositing their paychecks. Now you can deposit checks via camera phone and do most of your banking online. Why keep adding new bank buildings all over Irvine?
Maybe FCBers don't believe in online banking???
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: WoodburyDad on April 18, 2012, 06:48:31 PM
Daiso grand opening this Sat, see you all there
This place is crazy busy
Finding a parking spot was a pain
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on April 24, 2012, 11:17:08 PM
Not in Irvine, but might be worth the drive...

http://www.costco.com/Service/FeaturePage.aspx?ProductNo=11755243

Remember going to the Tustin grand opening a few years back and was fed very well for free.  Demos everywhere and I recall everyone is invited (no membership needed on opening day).  Mobs of people but not as bad as Pasadenas Night Market. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: WoodburyDad on April 25, 2012, 10:05:54 AM
Not in Irvine, but might be worth the drive...

http://www.costco.com/Service/FeaturePage.aspx?ProductNo=11755243

Remember going to the Tustin grand opening a few years back and was fed very well for free.  Demos everywhere and I recall everyone is invited (no membership needed on opening day).  Mobs of people but not as bad as Pasadenas Night Market.

You should check out the Golden Corral next time you’re up in RH
Insane crowds this past opening weekend.

http://www.goldencorral.com/

We're thinking about buying a franchise
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: traceimage on April 25, 2012, 10:14:25 AM
Not in Irvine, but might be worth the drive...

http://www.costco.com/Service/FeaturePage.aspx?ProductNo=11755243

Remember going to the Tustin grand opening a few years back and was fed very well for free.  Demos everywhere and I recall everyone is invited (no membership needed on opening day).  Mobs of people but not as bad as Pasadenas Night Market.

You should check out the Golden Corral next time you’re up in RH
Insane crowds this past opening weekend.

http://www.goldencorral.com/

We're thinking about buying a franchise

Is that the place with the chocolate waterfall? I've seen commercials for it. You totally should buy a franchise!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: WoodburyDad on April 25, 2012, 10:32:52 AM
Not in Irvine, but might be worth the drive...

http://www.costco.com/Service/FeaturePage.aspx?ProductNo=11755243

Remember going to the Tustin grand opening a few years back and was fed very well for free.  Demos everywhere and I recall everyone is invited (no membership needed on opening day).  Mobs of people but not as bad as Pasadenas Night Market.

You should check out the Golden Corral next time you’re up in RH
Insane crowds this past opening weekend.

http://www.goldencorral.com/

We're thinking about buying a franchise

Is that the place with the chocolate waterfall? I've seen commercials for it. You totally should buy a franchise!

Yes, I believe so.
We drove by and the crowds were insane.
Made the Night Market crowd look tame.
I wish we could afford one, the place is a cash cow
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on April 25, 2012, 09:25:09 PM
Not in Irvine, but might be worth the drive...

http://www.costco.com/Service/FeaturePage.aspx?ProductNo=11755243

Remember going to the Tustin grand opening a few years back and was fed very well for free.  Demos everywhere and I recall everyone is invited (no membership needed on opening day).  Mobs of people but not as bad as Pasadenas Night Market. 

Just got the invite at work, the special preview is actually on Tuesday, May 1st from 6-8pm.  Serving appetizers, all are welcome.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Homer_Simpson on April 26, 2012, 01:13:17 PM
Not in Irvine, but might be worth the drive...

http://www.costco.com/Service/FeaturePage.aspx?ProductNo=11755243

Remember going to the Tustin grand opening a few years back and was fed very well for free.  Demos everywhere and I recall everyone is invited (no membership needed on opening day).  Mobs of people but not as bad as Pasadenas Night Market.

You should check out the Golden Corral next time you’re up in RH
Insane crowds this past opening weekend.

http://www.goldencorral.com/

We're thinking about buying a franchise

Wanna buy a Donut/Chinese food Franchise??  :)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: kalbi on April 26, 2012, 01:22:09 PM
is golden corral a buffet? what's the appeal?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on April 26, 2012, 02:27:48 PM
is golden corral a buffet? what's the appeal?
I bolded the appeal for you. :)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on May 02, 2012, 07:27:32 AM
All That BBQ is gonna be a Korean BBQ, next to Ranch 99 in Culver Plaza (used to be a jewelry store)...  Too bad for people exiting 24 hr or that weight loss center and inhaling Chinese and Korean BBQ combo aroma.. can't resist... must eat again...
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on May 10, 2012, 10:46:26 PM
Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot looks like it's open.

I still prefer Koki's (we now go to the Tustin location).
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: traceimage on May 11, 2012, 04:34:09 PM
Anyone know what they are building in the parking lot near Target in the Marketplace?

I noticed some framing has gone up but not sure what''s going in there

As always, I'm hoping it's going to be an exciting and delicious new restaurant. But how much do you want to bet it's a bank? That's all they ever build lately.

Chase?

You're right, it is Chase Bank! Boring, boring.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeshopper on May 11, 2012, 04:40:27 PM
Surprising! Just like everything else! i love element of surprise and everything is so predictable.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: New Name on May 15, 2012, 03:12:01 PM
dang, we were predicting it would be a Wendy's

estimated opening date: August 7, 2012
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on May 15, 2012, 09:06:03 PM
Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot looks like it's open.

I still prefer Koki's (we now go to the Tustin location).

Anyone tried Little Sheep?  We bought a little sheep hot pot mix at ranch 99 recently and wasn't too impressed, heavy curry flavor, stunk up the house. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on May 18, 2012, 12:00:38 PM
So now I know why they are opening a Red Robin in The District... they are closing the one in The Marketplace.

The comments in the Register are funny... they all hate the parking/traffic at The District.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeshopper on May 18, 2012, 03:25:37 PM
I live really close to the District. I never frequent the Marketplace anymore. After a few years I got the parking and route of travel all figured out. To visit a different store I have a different route and exiting strategy. The parking is still a nightmare but I learn to go behind the loading dock zones across the back to avoid surface road traffic. Avoid the Costco gas station all all cost. I consider going there like playing a video game ostacle course but with life action.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: traceimage on May 18, 2012, 04:02:42 PM
So now I know why they are opening a Red Robin in The District... they are closing the one in The Marketplace.


Do you know what they are putting in its place?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on May 18, 2012, 04:31:47 PM
So now I know why they are opening a Red Robin in The District... they are closing the one in The Marketplace.


Do you know what they are putting in its place?
A bank? :)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeshopper on May 18, 2012, 05:13:14 PM
Chase Bank? or florist in my dream.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: traceimage on May 18, 2012, 10:45:42 PM
So now I know why they are opening a Red Robin in The District... they are closing the one in The Marketplace.


Do you know what they are putting in its place?
A bank? :)

If so, I'm going to riot. We do not need any more banks! Jeez, who goes to the bank anymore? Every time I go to the bank, it's totally empty!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeshopper on May 19, 2012, 11:42:29 AM
Asian old ladies still need to transfer money from under the mattress to the bank. They can't do online banking.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: SoCal on May 19, 2012, 01:04:22 PM
Still need to go into a branch to get a money order because it's not part of their online services. Same with cash that exceeds ATM limits. I believe we've stepped foot into a bank 3 times in the last decade. Not needed very often but sometimes.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: rkp on May 19, 2012, 01:14:43 PM
maybe its just me but i hate using ATMs.  i appreciate the empty bank as i just walk in and hand in checks.  dont like filling out the deposit slips and cause its empty, they dont mind doing it :)  i probably go into the bank every two months...

but yes, irvine has way too many physical bank locations
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: whatever on May 19, 2012, 02:14:14 PM
I wonder if Chase is going to be forced to close all their new branches because their traders keep losing billions.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: sega on June 02, 2012, 10:41:36 AM
It is not that bad at ~8:30 PM Monday - Thursday. 2 minutes waiting max (1-2 cars line) and often there is no line at all.

Avoid the Costco gas station all all cost. I consider going there like playing a video game ostacle course but with life action.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on June 02, 2012, 02:08:03 PM
It is not that bad at ~8:30 PM Monday - Thursday. 2 minutes waiting max (1-2 cars line) and often there is no line at all.

Avoid the Costco gas station all all cost. I consider going there like playing a video game ostacle course but with life action.

Not worth it unless full tanking, saving a couple dollars while you idle ur car for 10 min and risk getting run over by bad, impatient drivers..no thanks
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeshopper on June 03, 2012, 09:16:16 AM
There is a shortage of gas stations in Irvine. The older ones are getting weeded out by the landlords so another Chase Bank could go in. In every TIC retail center there is a Chase Bank. Along Culver Chase banks are 1/4 mile apart with additional mini Chase located inside markets. The newer gas stations in the nice upscale strip mall are too expensive. The few choices of bargain gas all have long lines.
It is not that bad at ~8:30 PM Monday - Thursday. 2 minutes waiting max (1-2 cars line) and often there is no line at all.

Avoid the Costco gas station all all cost. I consider going there like playing a video game ostacle course but with life action.

Not worth it unless full tanking, saving a couple dollars while you idle ur car for 10 min and risk getting run over by bad, impatient drivers..no thanks
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on June 09, 2012, 06:45:39 AM
FYI..All That BBQ (Culver Plaza) will be AYCE...hopefully as good as Gen
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on June 09, 2012, 07:05:19 AM
FYI..All That BBQ (Culver Plaza) will be AYCE...hopefully as good as Gen
Is Gen that good? Haven't gone because of the lines... we still prefer Seoul Garden.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: OCgasman on June 09, 2012, 07:45:15 AM
Gen is good for the price, especially lunch, but IMHO, not great quality.  In their defense, you can say this about almost every ayce.  The line is ridiculous.  No restaurant is worth waiting that long.  We had a very bad experience once...the salad greens that they give you in the beginning had a big ass pincher bug crawling around in it.  Freaked out my wife.  Yuck.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on June 09, 2012, 08:14:08 AM
Thanks for the input, when we dined there the floor, tables, chairs, all had a good layer of grease on it from all the bbq going full blast 12 hours a day... Critters love oily places..  but again not too many choices around here for korean bbq ayce...

@OCgas

Did you get a free meal out of it?  Throw the bug on the grill and see what the wait staff says... :)

Seoul Garden has been around a while but there kalbi does not taste good.. the banchan has a cleaning fluid smell to it.. don't know why.. and my biggest beef with them is the flame on the grill is too low!  Makes people feast on the windex banchan and egg rolls while your bbq slowly dries out on the grill..
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: OCgasman on June 09, 2012, 08:26:01 AM
@OCgas

Did you get a free meal out of it?  Throw the bug on the grill and see what the wait staff says... :)

Seoul Garden has been around a while but there kalbi does not taste good.. the banchan has a cleaning fluid smell to it.. don't know why.. and my biggest beef with them is the flame on the grill is too low!  Makes people feast on the windex banchan and egg rolls while your bbq slowly dries out on the grill..
No free meal, not even a discount.  :( I didn't expect one, this is a Korean restaurant after all.:D I think they just took it back, took out the bug and brought back the same salad.

I'm not a fan of Seoul Garden at all.  I think their quality is very poor + all the stuff you said.  Gen blows them away...bugs and all.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: elgringo on June 16, 2012, 10:45:10 PM
Does anyone know what the new building is in Von Karman Plaza that is being built in front of the soon-to-be Walmart?   It looks like it could be a restaurant.   Not that it matters, but I was bummed when the Burger King closed.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on June 18, 2012, 10:58:01 AM
Chase bank?  Fast food?  Out of place for a restaurant.  Here comes Walmart...
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Vinster on June 22, 2012, 01:06:51 AM
Itriya Cafe at Diamond Jamboree just closed recently. Only open for a year. Never got around to trying it.

Also, Daily Grill at Fashion Island is closing at the end of this month. That restaurant has been there forever.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on June 22, 2012, 07:06:45 AM
Itriya Cafe at Diamond Jamboree just closed recently. Only open for a year. Never got around to trying it.
It actually had pretty good food... it was just expensive.

The owner was really nice too.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: whatever on June 27, 2012, 09:17:48 AM
Pei Wei in the Oak Creek shopping center closed.  Since there already is a Chase Bank and a Citibank there, the only thing missing is a Bank of America or a Wells Fargo.

http://fastfood.ocregister.com/2012/06/25/pei-wei-in-irvine-closes/157413/
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on June 27, 2012, 09:32:56 AM
What do you guys think of PeiWei?

It's fast casual PF Chang food... but I always felt Pick-Up Stix was better.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: whatever on June 27, 2012, 09:41:35 AM
I never liked it that much (way too salty), but it was convenient and quick.  A lot of times I would go and say I'm never going back again, but then I would get an email and coupon and want to try one of their new dishes.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on June 27, 2012, 10:12:45 AM
All the food have the same taste, luckily it's a taste I like, but like above only when I use a BOGO coupon, otherwise PeiWei is not worth it.

Right now I'm really fond of Chinez on Alton, tad expensive, but quality is pretty decent.  When I want my Americanized Chinese food fix.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on June 27, 2012, 08:43:28 PM
(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff390/Ps99472/48ffcb37.jpg)

vote for thai siracha... i want some free crappy food
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: iacrenter on June 28, 2012, 07:13:16 PM
Golden Spoon @ Orchard Hills ( http://www.yelp.com/biz/golden-spoon-irvine ) mall has bit the dust. I tried to stop by with my kids and the place was dark. The workers @ Peet's Coffee mentioned they closed 2-3 weeks ago. Something about the initial lease rates were subsidized/low and the owner couldn't afford the new rates. The whole mall is struggling given the significant delay in OH homes being built.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on June 28, 2012, 07:25:14 PM
Golden Spoon @ Orchard Hills ( http://www.yelp.com/biz/golden-spoon-irvine ) mall has bit the dust. I tried to stop by with my kids and the place was dark. The workers @ Peet's Coffee mentioned they closed 2-3 weeks ago. Something about the initial lease rates were subsidized/low and the owner couldn't afford the new rates. The whole mall is struggling given the significant delay in OH homes being built.

Never noticed a golden spoon there, the one near Trader Joes on Culver and Walnut seems busy whenever I pass by.  That orchard hills mall is pretty dead, I visit for McDonald's fix, the Pavilions have alot of "managers specials", and who shops at Chicos?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on June 28, 2012, 08:19:38 PM
@PS9 - you must not have passed through there in a while, the golden spoon is also closed.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on June 28, 2012, 08:21:47 PM
I read somewhere that Golden Spoon is remodeling one of their stores to a serve-yourself model. Unlike Yogurtland and the others, it charges by cup size... so all the yogurt and toppings you can fit into that cup.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on June 28, 2012, 08:28:44 PM
@PS9 - you must not have passed through there in a while, the golden spoon is also closed.

Really?  I shop at Trader Joe's at least once a week.. last time I was picking up some Curry House, the Golden Spoon was packed.. couldn't have been more then 2-3 weeks ago..
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on June 28, 2012, 08:51:37 PM
@PS9 - you must not have passed through there in a while, the golden spoon is also closed.

Really?  I shop at Trader Joe's at least once a week.. last time I was picking up some Curry House, the Golden Spoon was packed.. couldn't have been more then 2-3 weeks ago..

actually it looks like it is back open (just read it on yelp), it had closed in February/March, i wonder if this is the one IHO is referring to? sorry for the confusion! Damn, i had not realized it was open i again, ive been going to the one on Alton/East Yale Loop for months to get my fix!!!!!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: iacrenter on June 28, 2012, 09:19:34 PM
Golden Spoon @ Orchard Hills ( http://www.yelp.com/biz/golden-spoon-irvine ) mall has bit the dust. I tried to stop by with my kids and the place was dark. The workers @ Peet's Coffee mentioned they closed 2-3 weeks ago. Something about the initial lease rates were subsidized/low and the owner couldn't afford the new rates. The whole mall is struggling given the significant delay in OH homes being built.

Never noticed a golden spoon there, the one near Trader Joes on Culver and Walnut seems busy whenever I pass by.  That orchard hills mall is pretty dead, I visit for McDonald's fix, the Pavilions have alot of "managers specials", and who shops at Chicos?

The stores @ OH mall that appear to do well: McDonalds, Chevron, Peet's Coffee, Zovs, and La Sirena Grill. Not sure of the Bellagio Spa or nail place since I never frequent those establishments.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on July 27, 2012, 05:50:59 AM
Does anyone know what the new building is in Von Karman Plaza that is being built in front of the soon-to-be Walmart?   It looks like it could be a restaurant.   Not that it matters, but I was bummed when the Burger King closed.

Looks like fast food instead of restaurant.. saw the drive thru windows :) as for the former Burger King site, I believe another Chase bank is going there (with drive thru as well).. 

As for the Walmart, it's gonna be a supercenter for one stop shop...opening date is now in 2013?  per this article..

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/stores-341285-walmart-store.html
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on July 27, 2012, 10:07:08 AM
The Mokkoji Shabu Shabu Bar at Cypress Village opened up recently.  Tried it - not bad.  The ingredients are very fresh.  Had the beef, shrimp and scallops.  Liked their dipping sauces.  Also tried their roasted rice cake app which was good.  They finish off your shabu shabu with either a squid ink porridge or a carrot/onion porridge cooked in your leftover broth.  Service was pretty solid.  Only downside is price.  I think their portions (esp the veggies/udon/tofu that comes with it) were a bit small given pricing.  Hope they do well.

Do they have table seating yet?  Last time I checked it was all bar seating...
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: elgringo on July 28, 2012, 06:45:00 PM
Fantastic Sams opened where the Great Cuts used to be at the Harvard/Main plaza.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: rkp on August 02, 2012, 07:34:42 PM
i hated that great cuts...good to see them go. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on August 31, 2012, 10:47:22 PM
The Mokkoji Shabu Shabu Bar at Cypress Village opened up recently.  Tried it - not bad.  The ingredients are very fresh.  Had the beef, shrimp and scallops.  Liked their dipping sauces.  Also tried their roasted rice cake app which was good.  They finish off your shabu shabu with either a squid ink porridge or a carrot/onion porridge cooked in your leftover broth.  Service was pretty solid.  Only downside is price.  I think their portions (esp the veggies/udon/tofu that comes with it) were a bit small given pricing.  Hope they do well.

Do they have table seating yet?  Last time I checked it was all bar seating...

Yes - they have a 4 top and a 6 top I believe.  The other smaller tables didn't look quite ready yet.  They also have an area of the bar that was lower (2-4 seats?) which is probably more kid friendly.

Tried Mokkoji for the first time, it was decent, went for lunch and had the share plate for $25.  My wife and I were both pretty full afterwards.  Flavor is heavier, I believe they are korean owned.  The squid ink rice thing in the end was just ok with me.. too much carrot flavor.  They have Sapporo draft and a pitcher I believe is less than $10.  Will go back but I still like SWSH better.  Mokkoji is cheaper though with the shared plate.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on September 24, 2012, 03:05:51 PM
Pasta Pomodoro in Oak Creek is closing (or is closed). Just got the email today.

Too bad... we need Italian places in Irvine not named Olive Garden.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on September 24, 2012, 03:25:41 PM
Ate at Macaroni grill last night, haven't been there for at least 3 years, probably won't go back for another 3, bad service, expensive, subpar food, only the bread is good
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: zovall on September 24, 2012, 03:58:41 PM
Ate at Macaroni grill last night, haven't been there for at least 3 years, probably won't go back for another 3, bad service, expensive, subpar food, only the bread is good

Whoa - I was there last night too!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on September 24, 2012, 04:46:23 PM
Ate at Macaroni grill last night, haven't been there for at least 3 years, probably won't go back for another 3, bad service, expensive, subpar food, only the bread is good

havent been there in a long time but their bread is excellent.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on November 07, 2012, 01:59:34 PM
Looks like Kickin Crab will take over Itriya in DJ.  They have outside seating, get ready for a swarm of flies over your Cajun seafood.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on November 07, 2012, 02:31:51 PM
Looks like Kickin Crab will take over Itriya in DJ.  They have outside seating, get ready for a swarm of flies over your Cajun seafood.
Is that the same one as the one near South Coast where Boiling Crab opened up right next to them?

Also... The Habit, a burgers place, is opening where the Burger King was in Heritage Plaza on the corner of Walnut and Culver. I've been to The Habit in Lake Forest, it's pretty good... but I would have preferred a Tommy's.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on November 07, 2012, 03:23:21 PM
There is a Habit opening up on the corner of culver and walnut where Burger King used to be.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on November 07, 2012, 04:11:51 PM
There is a Habit opening up on the corner of culver and walnut where Burger King used to be.
Jinx... you owe me a Coke.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on November 07, 2012, 05:30:06 PM
There is a Habit opening up on the corner of culver and walnut where Burger King used to be.
Never eaten there, is it any good?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on November 07, 2012, 05:33:17 PM
There is a Habit opening up on the corner of culver and walnut where Burger King used to be.
Never eaten there, is it any good?

I thought it was good, but like iho said, Tommy's would have been better.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: OCgasman on November 07, 2012, 06:07:53 PM
There is a Habit opening up on the corner of culver and walnut where Burger King used to be.
Never eaten there, is it any good?

I thought it was good, but like iho said, Tommy's would have been better.
Also like both, but I'd give the edge to Habit over Tommy's...unless it's after 2am and you're drunk, then Tommy's wins hands down.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on November 09, 2012, 10:40:59 PM
Oooh, how's the pastrami at the Habit?  I can definitely use a good pastrami place (not a fan of the Hat for some reason)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on November 10, 2012, 04:12:16 PM
Oooh, how's the pastrami at the Habit?  I can definitely use a good pastrami place (not a fan of the Hat for some reason)

i dont think there is pastrami on the menu at the habit

http://www.habitburger.com/charburger/
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on November 10, 2012, 04:40:23 PM
I saw it on the lake forest menu

http://www.habitburger.com/menus/Habit-Menu-C.pdf

(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff390/Ps99472/habit.jpg)

might head out there tonight
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on November 10, 2012, 06:42:44 PM
(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff390/Ps99472/sweat%20equity/757C3320-68E9-41D9-A3E2-9E2E3007B14B-8849-00000791E5447F79_zps2351bd54.jpg)

Kinda meh.. The mayo threw the taste off, pastrami a bit salty. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on November 10, 2012, 09:07:19 PM
Pastrami IS salty. :)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on December 12, 2012, 04:03:24 PM
Looks like The Habit is open at Walnut/Culver
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on December 13, 2012, 07:22:05 PM
Was going to get takeout at the habit. The line was out the door. Kind of crazy
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on December 13, 2012, 08:11:31 PM
Yeah, saw the "smoke" half a mile away, not the best parking situation.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on December 14, 2012, 09:30:48 AM
Lao Dong Beef Noodle to open in Irvine (Walnut/Jeffrey), where the pho place use to be.  Iffy yelp reviews for their other store in Rowland heights.  Wish it was something else.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on December 19, 2012, 10:19:07 PM
The food court at the Irvine Spectrum is closing on Dec 31... too bad... I just ate at the Japanese place about a month ago.

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/food-380606-spectrum-court.html
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on December 20, 2012, 12:36:05 AM
The food court always seemed like an afterthought. That Charlie's subs or whatever it was called was pretty good though
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: OCgasman on December 20, 2012, 10:15:41 AM
The food court at the Irvine Spectrum is closing on Dec 31... too bad... I just ate at the Japanese place about a month ago.

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/food-380606-spectrum-court.html
Was anyone asking for a bigger Improv?

Except for Rubios, which already closed, that food court sucks.  I would rather have seen different tenants along the same lines as Chipotle and Pieology take over that space for faster food options before catching a movie vs all the restaurants.  There's enough restaurants at Spectrum and almost all of them are mediocre.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on December 20, 2012, 10:35:59 AM
That's the same feeling I have, there is really no quick food option before watching a movie now... I guess the new kabob place but that's it.

About the Improv, it sees enough business to expand... from the article, it's also going to be for other entertainment than just comedy.

The expansion of the Spectrum made maintaining a food court at only one end of it a bit inconvenient... but closing it makes it inconvenient for the weekday work lunch crowd and also for the apartments nearby.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on January 04, 2013, 06:33:47 AM
Looks like Honey Pig has opened last month...anyone try it?  Not a fan of pork belly but the kimchi fried rice in the end looks interesting.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on January 04, 2013, 08:37:16 AM
Looks like Honey Pig has opened last month...anyone try it?  Not a fan of pork belly but the kimchi fried rice in the end looks interesting.

Yelp reviews are very up and down...seems like either one hates it or love it.  There are enough good AYCE BBQ restaurant in Irvine where I find it hard to pick that as my first choice...you can make kimchi fried rice in just about any Korean BBQ restaurant.  I still haven't made my way to Gen BBQ or the new place All that BBQ.  Pretty much go with Korean House for any Korean food needs.

The Gen Sushi on Culver/Irvine has converted into a AYCE Sushi place.   Yelp rating are quite good...haven't had a chance to try.


Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on January 04, 2013, 08:57:48 AM
thanks for the heads up on Gen, we use to go there quite often for a quick sushi fix... so it's AYCE now?  that's a challenge I can't refuse..

we've been buying kalbi from Zion market recently...  the expensive one too, rolled up boneless version that you usually pay $30 plus at K-town..  too bad the weather been so cold, BBQ in 60 degree weather is no fun.. at least I got the mangrates to keep the sizzle.. otherwise my grill is too weak..
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: elgringo on January 08, 2013, 05:39:01 AM
When I was at the plaza at Harvard & Main, I noticed that a new Pick Up Stix would be opening.   The sign said "Late 2012."  Hopefully that means "Soon!"
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on January 08, 2013, 10:23:57 AM
Pick Up Stix is also opening in the Quail Hill center next to Thai Bamboo.

Lot's of Asian places there... I wonder how Crystal Jade feels about TIC letting another Chinese food place open in their center.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on January 08, 2013, 12:23:32 PM
Should be ok, I don't see (Chinese) families dining at pick up sticks, which crystal jade is for (though the food is just so so).  My grandma would probably slap me on the back of the head if i take her to pick up sticks :)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on January 08, 2013, 12:26:37 PM
Should be ok, I don't see (Chinese) families dining at pick up sticks, which crystal jade is for (though the food is just so so).  My grandma would probably slap me on the back of the head if i take her to pick up sticks :)

Pick Up Stix is terrible IMO...undercook just about everything and sauce is pretty terrible.  No..I don't need actual oranges in my Orange Chicken. 

Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on January 08, 2013, 12:28:59 PM
But the people I see getting take out at Jade aren't usually Chinese. Stix is going to take all that business... although parking in that area of the center is always terrible.

I like Pick-Up Stix... it's interesting because years ago they went into expansion mode and opened up several locations... then they downsized and now it looks like they are expanding again.

What Irvine needs is a return of the steam table Chinese fast food (like Wokman).
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on January 08, 2013, 01:18:46 PM
The only thing i ever eat at pick up stix are the cream cheese wontons - those are very good.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on January 08, 2013, 01:22:33 PM
But the people I see getting take out at Jade aren't usually Chinese. Stix is going to take all that business... although parking in that area of the center is always terrible.

I like Pick-Up Stix... it's interesting because years ago they went into expansion mode and opened up several locations... then they downsized and now it looks like they are expanding again.

What Irvine needs is a return of the steam table Chinese fast food (like Wokman).

What about Sam Woo or Capital Seafood Express?  The Thai Spice on Jeffrey has a steam table for lunch.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: SoCal on January 08, 2013, 02:06:13 PM
Should be ok, I don't see (Chinese) families dining at pick up sticks, which crystal jade is for (though the food is just so so).  My grandma would probably slap me on the back of the head if i take her to pick up sticks :)

Pick Up Stix is terrible IMO...undercook just about everything and sauce is pretty terrible.  No..I don't need actual oranges in my Orange Chicken. 



I totally agree. I was going to say something but didn't want to be a Debbie Downer. Pick Up Stix is pretty disgusting and I usually like that type of place. Their noodles are thick and very greasy & slippery. The sauces are way too rich. It's the kind of food that leaves you feeling "full" and a bit sick but "still hungry" if that makes sense.

I went to Crystal Jade for the first time fairly recently and was looking forward to it. I won't darken their doorway again. Very poor service and equally bad food. What a disappointment it was.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on January 08, 2013, 03:07:42 PM
I will agree that Crystal Jade's service isn't the best... but we like the food and the staff knows us (and lets me change the channel to NBA on the bar TV).
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: SoCal on January 08, 2013, 04:42:58 PM
Iho, you killjoy. I swear I was there trying to enjoy the one romantic date I get per every two years... when all of a sudden I heard NBA blaring on the TV by the bar. Thanks! Man.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on January 17, 2013, 12:40:45 AM
http://www.yelp.com/biz/urban-seoul-irvine

Looks like we might have some decent foodie stuff here...kalbi on corn biscuit?  Can't wait to try
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on January 20, 2013, 08:43:47 AM
The Walmart off of Von Karman and Alton is opening this Wed Jan 23rd... qwerty has such good timing.

I also saw that a Kickin' Crab took over the spaghetti place at Diamond Jamboree... not sure if it's open or not.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Vinster on January 23, 2013, 03:37:49 PM
http://www.yelp.com/biz/urban-seoul-irvine

Looks like we might have some decent foodie stuff here...kalbi on corn biscuit?  Can't wait to try

According to their website (http://urban-seoul.com/), they are currently closed temporarily for some construction and will have a grand opening in "a couple of weeks".
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on January 25, 2013, 09:47:01 AM
Finally got around to the Walmart on Von Karman. It's smaller than the Super Center in the Spectrum but it still has groceries. I'm surprised by the selection of food they have... seems like more than the Target grocery area.

It's nice to see the parking lot so full... for years that Von Karman center was a ghost town... they even had a food court center that closed a few years back (and has now been leveled into more parking). Hopefully Walmart will bring in more businesses because I think the surrounding strip mall stores are only 20% occupied. And if Tustin Legacy finally builds more homes, that will bring more customers. Maybe I should open a Donut/Fast Chinese Food place there.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on January 27, 2013, 11:09:46 AM
Ate at Macaroni grill last night, haven't been there for at least 3 years, probably won't go back for another 3, bad service, expensive, subpar food, only the bread is good
We saw that they brought the Italian Nachos back so we decided to give it a try after a long hiatus.

The wait to get a table was long so we thought that maybe their food was good again... but alas... not so much. The old Italian Nachos were better and like PS9, the service was sloooooow.

Won't be back there either.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on January 27, 2013, 11:23:21 AM
Tasty noodle is open next to CVS near Ranch 99 on Culver.  Stinky Tofu!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Homer_Simpson on January 30, 2013, 10:39:30 AM
Tasty noodle is open next to CVS near Ranch 99 on Culver.  Stinky Tofu!

Tasty Noodles was pretty good! The eel noodles was delicious and the tofu was yum yum!!

I also finally tried Oriental Seafood Noodle house on Culver/Walnut.  Their deep fried squid was to die for!! ahh!!! Guess my diet is dead..
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on January 30, 2013, 01:02:20 PM
Seems like the eel noodles are getting good reviews, how was the stinkiness of the tofu?  I don't think my little one would like that :)

Can't believe you haven't gone to Oriental Noodle, their hu tieu is bland but decent and plus you can't get it anywhere else in irvine.  Try their Kung pao dishes, it has a more caramel roasty flavor over other Kung paos I had in irvine.  The squid is decent but they no longer have the "red" squid just the white ones.  The old Seafood cove #1 had the best squid, but have t gone back in years.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Homer_Simpson on January 30, 2013, 01:26:11 PM
Seems like the eel noodles are getting good reviews, how was the stinkiness of the tofu?  I don't think my little one would like that :)

Can't believe you haven't gone to Oriental Noodle, their hu tieu is bland but decent and plus you can't get it anywhere else in irvine.  Try their Kung pao dishes, it has a more caramel roasty flavor over other Kung paos I had in irvine.  The squid is decent but they no longer have the "red" squid just the white ones.  The old Seafood cove #1 had the best squid, but have t gone back in years.

I think we had the kung pao chicken as well.. wasn't really impressed with that.  But their prices were awesome.. 7 dishes for like $45.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: annabanana on January 31, 2013, 11:31:42 AM
El Pollo Loco in WB Towne Center shutdown.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: OCgasman on January 31, 2013, 12:09:49 PM
El Pollo Loco in WB Towne Center shutdown.
Good, not a fan.  Fingers crossed for Popeye's or Rubio's.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on January 31, 2013, 12:15:16 PM
That Woodbury center can't keep even bigger businesses going.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Vinster on January 31, 2013, 01:06:59 PM
El Pollo Loco in WB Towne Center shutdown.

That location did not have a drive-through. I'm sure that affected business.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on January 31, 2013, 02:20:43 PM
First jalapeños now el pollo loco, no Mexican love in woodbury...
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: gld2 on January 31, 2013, 03:11:40 PM
What did you order?  last time we ordered 3 dishes for over $50.... >:D

Seems like the eel noodles are getting good reviews, how was the stinkiness of the tofu?  I don't think my little one would like that :)

Can't believe you haven't gone to Oriental Noodle, their hu tieu is bland but decent and plus you can't get it anywhere else in irvine.  Try their Kung pao dishes, it has a more caramel roasty flavor over other Kung paos I had in irvine.  The squid is decent but they no longer have the "red" squid just the white ones.  The old Seafood cove #1 had the best squid, but have t gone back in years.

I think we had the kung pao chicken as well.. wasn't really impressed with that.  But their prices were awesome.. 7 dishes for like $45.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: traceimage on January 31, 2013, 04:26:47 PM
That Woodbury center can't keep even bigger businesses going.

Woodbury Town Center is the kiss of death. I can think of so many restaurants that have closed. Thai Spice, Pastagina, Jalapenos, that Italian ice cream place, just off the top of my head.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: iacrenter on February 04, 2013, 10:19:38 PM
El Pollo Loco in WB Towne Center shutdown.
Good, not a fan.  Fingers crossed for Popeye's or Rubio's.

Sadly, I suspect they will put another bank at that location.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on February 04, 2013, 10:30:18 PM
Heh... another bank going up in the new Walmart center off of Barranca... Chase.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: traceimage on February 04, 2013, 10:50:23 PM
Let's petition the city government of Irvine. For every unnecessary bank that opens, a non-chain restaurant must also open.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Phbr123 on February 05, 2013, 10:36:37 PM
Looks like a Chipotle is going into the old El Pollo Loco spot in Woodbury Town Center.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on February 05, 2013, 11:10:57 PM
Chinez in Westpark Plaza has closed.. I was saddened today as I drove up for my Jalapenos taco tuesday/Chinez shrimp lo mein two restaurant 1 stop combo.. Not my grandma's chinese food, but I enjoyed it.  Another mom/pop store gave up on Irvine Company's high rent prices. 
Title: Bambu Irvine
Post by: Sjdavid on February 06, 2013, 08:48:00 AM
Hi Everyone!

I'm planning to open Bambu - Desserts & Drinks in Irvine specifically at the Arbor Village Plaza between Walnut Ave & Jeffrey Rd.  It's known for their Vietnamese Che dessert and other fresh and healthy drinks.  What do you guys think about the chain and location?  It originated in San Jose and is expanding throughout the U.S.

Here's an article on the recently opened Bambu in San Francisco.
http://www.sfgate.com/business/prweb/article/Bambu-Desserts-Drinks-Announces-Grand-Opening-4236426.php

http://www.drinkbambu.com/

(http://img842.imageshack.us/img842/2329/628x471z.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/842/628x471z.jpg/)



Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on February 06, 2013, 09:02:41 AM
Chinez in Westpark Plaza has closed.. I was saddened today as I drove up for my Jalapenos taco tuesday/Chinez shrimp lo mein two restaurant 1 stop combo.. Not my grandma's chinese food, but I enjoyed it.  Another mom/pop store gave up on Irvine Company's high rent prices. 
Wow... Chinez has been there forever.

A little pricey... and not very kid friendly... but their food was okay.
Title: Re: Bambu Irvine
Post by: Homer_Simpson on February 06, 2013, 11:19:24 AM
Hi Everyone!

I'm planning to open Bambu - Desserts & Drinks in Irvine specifically at the Arbor Village Plaza between Walnut Ave & Jeffrey Rd.  It's known for their Vietnamese Che dessert and other fresh and healthy drinks.  What do you guys think about the chain and location?  It originated in San Jose and is expanding throughout the U.S.

Here's an article on the recently opened Bambu in San Francisco.
http://www.sfgate.com/business/prweb/article/Bambu-Desserts-Drinks-Announces-Grand-Opening-4236426.php

http://www.drinkbambu.com/

(http://img842.imageshack.us/img842/2329/628x471z.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/842/628x471z.jpg/)

You will be the only one in that plaza so you will not have the competition.  I usually drive all the way to Bolsa to get my Che fix.
Title: Re: Bambu Irvine
Post by: Sjdavid on February 06, 2013, 12:11:22 PM
Quote
You will be the only one in that plaza so you will not have the competition.  I usually drive all the way to Bolsa to get my Che fix.

I appreciate your feedback.  Only thing I'm worried is that the location is right behind Wienerschnitzel so it's hard to see from the main road plus its on the side of the plaza where there seems to be a lot less traffic.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on February 06, 2013, 12:19:03 PM
Maybe you should market it like those Vietnamese Coffee places? :|

(sorry... very off-color joke... PatStar would get it)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Sjdavid on February 06, 2013, 01:25:50 PM
Maybe you should market it like those Vietnamese Coffee places? :|

(sorry... very off-color joke... PatStar would get it)

Lol I get the joke.  But I don't think the city of Irvine would appreciate it very much
Title: Re: Bambu Irvine
Post by: Homer_Simpson on February 06, 2013, 01:28:01 PM
Quote
You will be the only one in that plaza so you will not have the competition.  I usually drive all the way to Bolsa to get my Che fix.

I appreciate your feedback.  Only thing I'm worried is that the location is right behind Wienerschnitzel so it's hard to see from the main road plus its on the side of the plaza where there seems to be a lot less traffic.

Yeah that would be pretty hidden.  It's next to the Animal clinic right?
Title: Re: Bambu Irvine
Post by: Sjdavid on February 06, 2013, 01:40:28 PM
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Yeah that would be pretty hidden.  It's next to the Animal clinic right?

That's correct.

I tried getting into Diamond Jamboree plaza instead but that place is full and no idea when a spot will open up. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on February 06, 2013, 02:12:07 PM
I think it's okay... that center is busy and both corners are asian-centric and there is a Vietnamese Pho place across Walnut.

I'm just not sure how big the market is for desserts and drinks (although I would try it out).
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on February 06, 2013, 02:17:50 PM
I think it's okay... that center is busy and both corners are asian-centric and there is a Vietnamese Pho place across Walnut.

I'm just not sure how big the market is for desserts and drinks (although I would try it out).

The pho place is gone.  It's a Chinese beef noodle place now.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on February 06, 2013, 02:33:35 PM
i just picked up some dinner at Pho So 1 (westpark center) and got my wife one of those che desserts, doesnt look tasty, bean, coconut, ice, etc. not my cup of tea. almost went down to that new 7-11 and got myself a slurpee.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Homer_Simpson on February 06, 2013, 03:06:01 PM
i just picked up some dinner at Pho So 1 (westpark center) and got my wife one of those che desserts, doesnt look tasty, bean, coconut, ice, etc. not my cup of tea. almost went down to that new 7-11 and got myself a slurpee.

It's 3:00PM.. Dinner?? How old are you? LOL
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on February 06, 2013, 05:31:27 PM
i just picked up some dinner at Pho So 1 (westpark center) and got my wife one of those che desserts, doesnt look tasty, bean, coconut, ice, etc. not my cup of tea. almost went down to that new 7-11 and got myself a slurpee.

It's 3:00PM.. Dinner?? How old are you? LOL

my bad - i meant to say last night. whoops.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: traceimage on February 07, 2013, 11:20:27 AM
Just noticed today that Tri-Village in the Cypress Village plaza (formerly Trabuco Grove) has closed. Sign says a Korean soup place is coming in Spring.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on February 07, 2013, 11:52:59 AM
Just noticed today that Tri-Village in the Cypress Village plaza (formerly Trabuco Grove) has closed. Sign says a Korean soup place is coming in Spring.

Koreans are taking over!!!!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on February 07, 2013, 01:07:51 PM
Koreans are taking MORE over!!!!
Fixed.
Title: Re: Bambu Irvine
Post by: IrvineRepublic on February 08, 2013, 12:26:10 AM
Hi Everyone!

I'm planning to open Bambu - Desserts & Drinks in Irvine specifically at the Arbor Village Plaza between Walnut Ave & Jeffrey Rd.  It's known for their Vietnamese Che dessert and other fresh and healthy drinks.  What do you guys think about the chain and location?  It originated in San Jose and is expanding throughout the U.S.

Here's an article on the recently opened Bambu in San Francisco.
http://www.sfgate.com/business/prweb/article/Bambu-Desserts-Drinks-Announces-Grand-Opening-4236426.php

http://www.drinkbambu.com/

(http://img842.imageshack.us/img842/2329/628x471z.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/842/628x471z.jpg/)

Don't do it there. There is already a Lollicup joint and you don't want to compete directly. Go boldly where no Bambi has gone before, such as Woodbury town centre.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: IrvineRepublic on February 08, 2013, 12:45:11 AM
The Chinese, Nam and Korean eateries have a few things in common and the chief of which is the dining experience. Food quality varies unpredictably, service is next to none existent and you can't even buy/bribe/tip to get any comforting friendliness. I dont expect a maitre'd at the door to take my jacket and hat but a simple warm greeting and direct eye contact would make a big difference to me. Reluctantly I go with my wife often just to make her happy, sigh, a small price to pay for having a lovely wife who can't live without asian food. I usually can't wait to leave even before I get seated.

Niko sushi at WB town center is nice for a quick fix. Taiko is always cosy and warm - my favorite whenever I am allowed to pick. All the sushi chefs shout out something in unison when you first walk in. You don't have to know Japanese to know that you are very welcome.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on February 09, 2013, 06:35:50 PM
Just noticed that the big Pizza Hut in Crossroads closed. But it looks like it's reopening where Pasta Bravo used to be (although that was supposed to be another Italian eatery).

Also, the Aaron Bros art store closed and will be replaced by Veggie Grill.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on February 10, 2013, 09:28:49 PM
Just noticed today that Tri-Village in the Cypress Village plaza (formerly Trabuco Grove) has closed. Sign says a Korean soup place is coming in Spring.

Koreans are taking over!!!!

It's gonna be called Tang 190... so a tofu place?

Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on February 10, 2013, 09:30:31 PM
Seasons of Japan, hibachi, teriyaki place in Westpark Plaza... maybe where Goro use to be?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on February 10, 2013, 09:31:31 PM
Han Taiwanese Cuisine, next to Fukada.. wonder what kind of food it's gonna be :).. should get alot of overflow from Fukada waitlist.. smart
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on February 10, 2013, 09:32:17 PM
Creamistry.. another yogurt/ice cream place.. liquid nitrogen?  I'll give it a try.. at Crossroads
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on February 10, 2013, 09:54:16 PM
Creamistry.. another yogurt/ice cream place.. liquid nitrogen?  I'll give it a try.. at Crossroads
Is this replacing the closed Yogurt Passion?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on February 10, 2013, 10:38:22 PM
Creamistry.. another yogurt/ice cream place.. liquid nitrogen?  I'll give it a try.. at Crossroads
Is this replacing the closed Yogurt Passion?

Not sure.. never heard or been to Yogurt Passion.. was it a Yogurtland type? 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on February 10, 2013, 11:31:18 PM
Yeah... Yogurt Passion was like Yogurtland... located next to Gamestop in the same strip where Wingstop is.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: annabanana on February 11, 2013, 03:30:01 PM
Chipotle replacing El Pollo Loco in Woodbury
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on February 11, 2013, 03:37:29 PM
Blehhh, never liked Chipotle, the only restaurant I enjoy creating with ingredients is Mongolian BBQ.   
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: SoCal on February 11, 2013, 03:42:04 PM
I LOVE El Pollo Loco but whenever I go to Woodbury, I rarely visit that one due to the fact it has no drive-thru like the other E.P.L.s. which is disappointing.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Homer_Simpson on February 11, 2013, 04:06:19 PM
I LOVE El Pollo Loco but whenever I go to Woodbury, I rarely visit that one due to the fact it has no drive-thru like the other E.P.L.s. which is disappointing.

The EPL by FHR has no drive through too...  :(
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: SoCal on February 11, 2013, 04:22:57 PM
I LOVE El Pollo Loco but whenever I go to Woodbury, I rarely visit that one due to the fact it has no drive-thru like the other E.P.L.s. which is disappointing.

The EPL by FHR has no drive through too...  :(

What does FHR mean?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: SoCal on February 11, 2013, 04:37:05 PM
What does FHR mean?

Hint: It's the city you live in.

I would have thought so if it weren't for the fact that the El Pollo here DOES have a drive-thru.  ;)  :)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on February 11, 2013, 04:48:12 PM
I think Homer is referring to the one on Trabuco/Bake (which is actually Lake Forest).
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: New Name on February 14, 2013, 11:35:08 AM
FHR rookie.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on February 14, 2013, 11:40:07 AM
Well... Foothill Ranch is technically Lake Forest. :)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: New Name on February 14, 2013, 02:05:48 PM
Well... Foothill Ranch is technically Lake Forest. :)

Which would be find if he said the El Pollo Lollo located in FHR was in Lake Forest....but he said the opposite...:)

I wouldn't of known that anyways and I am at the FHR shopping center all the time.  In N Out gets all my fast food attention over there.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Liar Loan on February 14, 2013, 03:50:26 PM
I think Homer is referring to the one on Trabuco/Bake (which is actually Lake Forest).

EPL veteran.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on February 14, 2013, 04:10:39 PM
Let me see... without Google, EPL off of El Toro Rd, the one I mentioned off Trabuco, Oak Creek, Tustin Marketplace, Barranca and Jamboree.

I believe the one in Tustin Marketplace had the head chef who won numerous EPL awards.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: abcd1234 on February 15, 2013, 12:29:10 PM
When is that Assi Natural market opening where the old Steinmart was located?  Or is it open?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on February 15, 2013, 12:59:12 PM
When is that Assi Natural market opening where the old Steinmart was located?  Or is it open?
Wasn't open last week when I was there.... website still stays Fall.

http://assisuperus.com/irvine/
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: abcd1234 on February 15, 2013, 01:03:09 PM
I thought it was supposed to be Fall 2012- there must be delays or something
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Homer_Simpson on February 16, 2013, 07:32:25 AM
My bad... Anything south of irvine is considered San Diego to me  ;)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: elgringo on March 03, 2013, 12:22:35 AM
I noticed that the Chinez Chinese restaurant at Alton & Culver (near T-Mobile) had closed.   I thought it was open just a few weeks ago.  I liked their food.  Bummer.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on March 03, 2013, 12:53:50 PM
I noticed that the Chinez Chinese restaurant at Alton & Culver (near T-Mobile) had closed.   I thought it was open just a few weeks ago.  I liked their food.  Bummer.

That makes two fans of Chinez on TI!  I'm starting a petition.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: whatever on March 06, 2013, 07:08:32 PM
When is that Assi Natural market opening where the old Steinmart was located?  Or is it open?

The article in today's LA Times said it's opening this month.

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-assi-market-20130306,0,2489117.story
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on March 26, 2013, 01:51:40 PM
Got the email below....I think a name change is necessary...:)

You're invited to the grand opening celebration of Assi Natural Market! On Thursday, March 28 at 9:00am, the market will open its first Orange County location Woodbridge Village Center in Irvine.

The event will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony along with a dedication by Mayor Steven Choi and Neda Zaengle, president of Irvine Public Schools Foundation. Enjoy live entertainment and plenty of fabulous product giveaways, including the ability to enter to win a brand new Kia vehicle and household appliances such as rice cookers.* Further, join us for the "Taste of Assi" to sample foods and products from more than 30 vendors for the entire grand opening month. Look for tasty samples of shumai dumplings, donburi rice bowls, miso soup, tofu and chips.

Hailed by Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register as "the Whole Foods of Ethnic Supermarkets," the store features an array of Asian and American products, including: organic produce, organic meats (including Kobe-certified and Wagyu beef, Kurobuta pork and free-range Jidori chicken), seafood, boutique wines, and specialty Asian spirits. Food-lovers and avid home-cooks can also look forward to more than 200 different kinds of frozen dumplings, 40 kinds of housemade kimchi, 18 kinds of in-house marinated meats, a shabu-shabu section with meats sliced-to-order and even ready-to-cook hotpot packages with ingredients for the perfect at-home shabu-shabu meal.

Assi Natural Market will also feature a bakery with a food court featuring prepared goods such as made-to-order sushi, kimbap and even Italian and American fare - perfect for those wanting to grab lunch on-the-go.

Assi Natural Market is located in Woodbridge Village Center at 4730 Barranca Parkway in Irvine. The market will be open Monday - Saturday from 8:00am to midnight and Sunday from 8:00am to 10:00pm. For more information, please call the store at (949) 733-0900.



*Winner of Kia giveaway will be chosen in August 2013. For official rules, please visit Assi Natural 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on March 26, 2013, 01:56:03 PM
Here's a transcript of the board meeting:

Person A: What should we call this event?
Person B:  Assi Food Demonstration?
Person C:  Assi Food Tasting?
Person D:  Taste of Assi?
All:  that's it!  That's what we'll call it!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on March 26, 2013, 03:23:23 PM
Better than "Taste Like Assi!".

The name of the market needs some work too.... "Assi Natural"... wow.

In other Korean food related news:

California GoGi opened at the University Center. It's basically a Chipotle but for Korean BBQ. You get to choose your meat, up to two Banchan (side dishes) and it comes with Korean-style sweet potato fries. We didn't eat there because we just had Blaze Pizza but we will go back.

Here is the Yelp link:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/california-gogi-korean-grill-irvine

Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on March 26, 2013, 03:27:40 PM
on barranca where the old burger King was by the walmart there will be a Habit opening there.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on March 26, 2013, 03:35:06 PM
on barranca where the old burger King was by the walmart there will be a Habit opening there.
Dangit... you beat me to that one.

That center is actually going to fill out now that Walmart has opened there... all the vacant spaces at the front have been leased and of course... a new Chase bank has opened there.

So we bailed out the banks so that the bigger ones could expand? I read an article in the OCRegister that Irvine is the top city for consumer banking... no kidding.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on March 28, 2013, 06:11:48 AM
Kabuki is open...

http://www.ocregister.com/news/kabuki-501392-restaurant-japanese.html

Never been to one, might give it a try.. if they put Sriracha on my sushi, I'm gonna bolt
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on April 03, 2013, 10:31:16 PM
Bonefish Grill opening soon at Tustin Marketplace where Black Angus use to be...looks good... kinda like a Taps but cheaper
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on April 04, 2013, 07:19:18 AM
Sushilicious closed in that Irvine Center Drive plaza (where I-Tea is). A Japanese restaurant looks to be opening up in its space or beside it.

To our surprise, Pinkberry in the Spectrum closed. Casey's Cupcakes opened in their location (really?).  We tried Casey's, it was okay... Frostings in Lake Forest is still better.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: OCgasman on April 04, 2013, 08:15:52 AM
Sushilicious closed in that Irvine Center Drive plaza (where I-Tea is). A Japanese restaurant looks to be opening up in its space or beside it.

To our surprise, Pinkberry in the Spectrum closed. Casey's Cupcakes opened in their location (really?).  We tried Casey's, it was okay... Frostings in Lake Forest is still better.
I don't get the appeal of the $3 cupcake.  Really bad qpr (quality price ratio).
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on April 04, 2013, 08:20:34 AM
$3.50 actually... I felt like I was robbed in an alley.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: jayl23 on April 04, 2013, 02:19:22 PM
It's just trying to cash in on the fad of cupcakes, with all those cupcake baking shows on TV.  A bit like gourmet ice creams, smaller portion sizes, but much higher unit cost.  As with all fads, this too shall pass.  Same with all those froyo shops.  On to the next fad!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on April 04, 2013, 03:02:14 PM
It's just trying to cash in on the fad of cupcakes, with all those cupcake baking shows on TV.  A bit like gourmet ice creams, smaller portion sizes, but much higher unit cost.  As with all fads, this too shall pass.  Same with all those froyo shops.  On to the next fad!

Froyo is good...lowfat alternative to ice cream.  The expensive cupcake are fadish but really good for kids birthday parties. 

Gelato is the one that I never got...they're are good but $4 a scoop? Some Costco up north sell gelato for $1.50 for 3 scoops and a waffle cone.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on April 04, 2013, 04:18:23 PM
frostings has been open for a while so not sure how fadish it is.  it beats making cupcakes at home that probably wont be as good and you dont have to worry about cleaning.  the grocery store cupcakes are not as good.  seems like nothing bundt cakes does ok, and it will only do better as the rest of tustin legacy gets built out.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on April 04, 2013, 04:51:21 PM
Just like anything else, the cream rises to the top.  So not all the cupcake/fro-yo/rotating sushi/gourmet burger places will close - just the ones that aren't that great.  Also, as with anything else, the business plan also matters.  Some expand too aggressively and in sub-par locations.   
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: SoCal on April 19, 2013, 01:23:49 PM
As with all fads, this too shall pass.  Same with all those froyo shops.  On to the next fad!

Frozen yogurt is a fad? It became a hit in the U.S. 30 years ago i.e. Golden Spoon. Mid-80s. That's a long time for a fad. TCBY has been around a while, too.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on April 19, 2013, 02:59:08 PM
Frozen yogurt is a fad? It became a hit in the U.S. 30 years ago i.e. Golden Spoon. Mid-80s. That's a long time for a fad. TCBY has been around a while, too.
It's a fad because many of the other stores (like Penguins etc) are no longer open.

It revived again with the Pinkberry/Red Mango style (limited flavors, lots of toppings) and then that slowed down and now Yogurtland and the self-serve copycats are the new fad (even some Golden Spoons have gone the self-serve route).

A fads doesn't mean it disappears, it's just not as popular as it used to be. Hula hoops were a fad, but they are still around.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: SoCal on April 19, 2013, 03:44:01 PM
Frozen yogurt is a fad? It became a hit in the U.S. 30 years ago i.e. Golden Spoon. Mid-80s. That's a long time for a fad. TCBY has been around a while, too.
It's a fad because many of the other stores (like Penguins etc) are no longer open.

It revived again with the Pinkberry/Red Mango style (limited flavors, lots of toppings) and then that slowed down and now Yogurtland and the self-serve copycats are the new fad (even some Golden Spoons have gone the self-serve route).

You've just described the definition of a trend almost word for word.  :)

A fads doesn't mean it disappears, it's just not as popular as it used to be. Hula hoops were a fad, but they are still around.

Yes, it does. A fad is a flash in the pan. A trend has staying power. A trend survives the decade in which it was born or longer. A trend can be modified and re-manifest later. It becomes part of our cultural DNA.


--->Please Click Me to save SoCal some effort. (http://lmgtfy.com/?q=fad+vs.+trend)<---

Replies in blue.

I thought this was a cute way of explaining it, taken from one of the links I provided:

"We need look no further than sociologist Dr. Dre on "Encore," the title song from Eminem's latest album:

I'm a trend, I set one every time I'm in/ I go out and just come back full circle again/You a fad that means you something that we already had/ But once you're gone you don't come back/ Too bad, you're off the map now radar can't even find you."

Frozen yogurt, is no more of a "fad" than are any of these: coffee houses. sliced bread. the internet.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on April 19, 2013, 04:07:50 PM
In my mind, one is defined by single event while the other is a collection of events over time.

For example, a trend can be that froyo stores open and close every X years, but the fad is the popularity of a certain type of froyo store.

Let's go micro to further explain, in Irvine, in the 80s, there were probably 4-5 different brand of froyo stores... Heidis, Penguins, Golden Spoon and some independents. Then the froyo shop "fad" died, only Golden Spoon remained. In the 2000s, Pinkberry, Red Mango and some other one I forgot the name of opened... none of those are open now. Yogurtland has 3 locations now in Irvine (I think Cherry On Top closed, and Yogurt Passion also closed). That's fad behavior to me, from your link to Wikipedia:
Quote
Though the term trend may be used interchangeably with fad, a fad is generally considered a fleeting behavior whereas a trend is considered to be a behavior that evolves into a relatively permanent change.
You can say the trend is that froyo stores open and close in Irvine, but that's not really calling froyo stores itself a trend. If multiple stores were always open in Irvine, that would be a trend... but because they are "fleeting", it's a fad. And because each iteration of the froyo concept is different, that goes to your flash in the pan description.

Maybe the confusion is you are thinking "frozen yogurt" itself is a trend... the OP was talking about "froyo shops".
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: SoCal on April 19, 2013, 04:12:41 PM
Golden Spoon locations:
http://www.goldenspoon.com/golden-spoon-stores/

About 60 in California. Approx. 10 in South O.C.
They hopped country lines. Hi, Philippines. Hi, Japan. What's up, Vietnam.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: SoCal on April 19, 2013, 04:14:22 PM
I didn't see the reply before I posted.

I always wondered what it would be like to have a little brother to argue with.  :) Now I know.  :)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on April 19, 2013, 04:31:13 PM
I always wondered what it would be like to have a little brother to argue with.
Who you callin' "little"?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: elgringo on April 27, 2013, 08:31:18 AM
Pick Up Stix is now open at Harvard & Main.  Sorry if this is a repost.


When I was at the plaza at Harvard & Main, I noticed that a new Pick Up Stix would be opening.   The sign said "Late 2012."  Hopefully that means "Soon!"
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on May 09, 2013, 09:44:15 AM
The Pick Up Stix in QH is also open.

I remember when they first started and they expanded and then contracted... now it seems they have more locations than their first expansion.

Another waffle place is opening up in Irvine, at Culver and Alton (which I assume is the center where ClaimJumper's used to be)... I think the name is Gauffre but I couldn't find any information on the web for it. I wonder how they will stack up against Bruxies (which does look like it's going into the Fuji-Kan space).
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on May 09, 2013, 12:51:07 PM
The Pick Up Stix in QH is also open.

I remember when they first started and they expanded and then contracted... now it seems they have more locations than their first expansion.

Another waffle place is opening up in Irvine, at Culver and Alton (which I assume is the center where ClaimJumper's used to be)... I think the name is Gauffre but I couldn't find any information on the web for it. I wonder how they will stack up against Bruxies (which does look like it's going into the Fuji-Kan space).
When is Bruxies openning in Irvine?  :-*
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Cubic Zirconia on May 09, 2013, 01:26:54 PM
The Pick Up Stix in QH is also open.

I remember when they first started and they expanded and then contracted... now it seems they have more locations than their first expansion.

Another waffle place is opening up in Irvine, at Culver and Alton (which I assume is the center where ClaimJumper's used to be)... I think the name is Gauffre but I couldn't find any information on the web for it. I wonder how they will stack up against Bruxies (which does look like it's going into the Fuji-Kan space).
When is Bruxies openning in Irvine?  :-*

I am waiting too! I have never been to Bruxies, but when I looked it up the other day, looks like it's going to be my favorite place :)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on May 09, 2013, 01:50:04 PM
You guys should really try Iron Press in Costa Mesa... they have craft beers (for ps9), tater tots (parmesan+garlic) and you don't *have* to get waffles since they do paninis now too.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Homer_Simpson on May 09, 2013, 02:17:06 PM
You guys should really try Iron Press in Costa Mesa... they have craft beers (for ps9), tater tots (parmesan+garlic) and you don't *have* to get waffles since they do paninis now too.

It's a pretty good place... wanna meet up for some food?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on May 09, 2013, 02:22:55 PM
You guys should really try Iron Press in Costa Mesa... they have craft beers (for ps9), tater tots (parmesan+garlic) and you don't *have* to get waffles since they do paninis now too.

It's a pretty good place... wanna meet up for some food?
You're gonna blow your diet. :)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Homer_Simpson on May 09, 2013, 02:26:23 PM
I need fat in my diet
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on May 09, 2013, 02:52:42 PM
I need fat in my diet
I say that every meal.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: SoCal on May 09, 2013, 03:28:59 PM
You guys should really try Iron Press in Costa Mesa... they have craft beers (for ps9), tater tots (parmesan+garlic) and you don't *have* to get waffles since they do paninis now too.

It's a pretty good place... wanna meet up for some food?
You're gonna blow your diet. :)

What a coincidence!! CZ and I just got part time jobs there! I am a hostess, she is a server. You just never know who you might accidentally bump into. I will be absolutely sure to put you guys at the best seat in the house. Please lean INTO the flower vase on the table when you speak and talk loudly just to make sure we catch everything you say on the hidden camcorder... I mean, to alert us if you need anything.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: momopi on May 10, 2013, 05:33:44 PM
TalkIrvine Meet-up at the Iron Press?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on May 10, 2013, 06:08:19 PM
TalkIrvine Meet-up at the Iron Press?
I'm down.   :-*
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Coleman on May 11, 2013, 06:41:46 PM
Wow!  Iron Press looks pretty delicious. I will have to check it out.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: momopi on May 13, 2013, 09:54:23 AM
SoCal & CZ:  Can we do a TalkIrvine meet at the Iron Press this month?

;)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on May 13, 2013, 10:19:37 AM
Iron Press probably isn't a very good location for a meet-up, it doesn't have table seating and really is more like a bar.

Maybe you guys should wait until Bruxie's opens.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: SoCal on May 13, 2013, 10:53:39 AM
Maybe you guys should wait until Bruxie's opens.

You guys.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on May 13, 2013, 11:02:10 AM
That's the royal "you guys".
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: SoCal on May 13, 2013, 11:24:01 AM
That's the royal "you guys".

No, no. I mean your friends, Homer, Ps9, Momo - will want you to be part of the "you guys".
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: momopi on May 13, 2013, 05:43:22 PM
The rest of us can meet at Iron Press!  Zovall?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Cubic Zirconia on May 13, 2013, 06:18:25 PM
The rest of us can meet at Iron Press!  Zovall?


I am in, if SoCal is in.. :)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on May 13, 2013, 08:42:25 PM
The rest of us can meet at Iron Press!  Zovall?


I am in, if SoCal is in.. :)
I'm in too.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: SoCal on May 13, 2013, 08:54:10 PM
The rest of us can meet at Iron Press!  Zovall?


I am in, if SoCal is in.. :)

I only make paid appearances.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on May 13, 2013, 10:14:03 PM
It would seem appropriate for a TI meet at an open house or model home or something.. perhaps an open house in North Tustin with an acre lot?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: JasonTheArtist on May 16, 2013, 04:48:44 PM
I thought I would never be so happy to see this.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on May 16, 2013, 04:51:48 PM
There are a few new 7-11s open in Irvine now -- Main/McArthur, Alton/Culver and Sand Canyon/Irvine Center.

Just need more check cashing stores.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Homer_Simpson on May 16, 2013, 05:59:35 PM
I thought I would never be so happy to see this.

Grabbed a diet coke here this morning. So convenient!!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Cubic Zirconia on June 10, 2013, 05:39:57 PM
Garden Patch Indian market is closing. Guess Aria stole their business with cheaper prices and fresh(er) merchandise?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on June 10, 2013, 05:53:38 PM
Garden Patch Indian market is closing. Guess Aria stole their business with cheaper prices and fresh(er) merchandise?

It doesn't shock me one bit.  The location is way too expensive and the audience too small.  I almost never see anyone there and usually only use it as a shortcut between the Target and the food section. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: broda on June 10, 2013, 05:54:51 PM
Garden Patch Indian market is closing. Guess Aria stole their business with cheaper prices and fresh(er) merchandise?

It doesn't shock me one bit.  The location is way too expensive and the audience too small.  I almost never see anyone there and usually only use it as a shortcut between the Target and the food section.

I use that shortcut all the time and get nasty stares from the workers...most likely probably the owners.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Cubic Zirconia on June 10, 2013, 05:56:50 PM
Garden Patch Indian market is closing. Guess Aria stole their business with cheaper prices and fresh(er) merchandise?

It doesn't shock me one bit.  The location is way too expensive and the audience too small.  I almost never see anyone there and usually only use it as a shortcut between the Target and the food section.

I use that shortcut all the time and get nasty stares from the workers...most likely probably the owners.

LOL! Am I the only one who actually shopped there? IC- you are right about almost no one shopping there. Sometimes at 3.30 I would be their first customer. What do you guys think will occupy that spot?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on June 10, 2013, 06:01:13 PM
Garden Patch Indian market is closing. Guess Aria stole their business with cheaper prices and fresh(er) merchandise?

It doesn't shock me one bit.  The location is way too expensive and the audience too small.  I almost never see anyone there and usually only use it as a shortcut between the Target and the food section.

I use that shortcut all the time and get nasty stares from the workers...most likely probably the owners.

LOL! Am I the only one who actually shopped there? IC- you are right about almost no one shopping there. Sometimes at 3.30 I would be their first customer. What do you guys think will occupy that spot?

It's hard to say.  It's a pretty big space.  TIC still hasn't filled that spot where Pat and Oscar used to be. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on June 10, 2013, 08:44:56 PM
I think Veggie Grill in Crossroads is opening this week... passed by during the weekend and they look like they are ready.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Vinster on June 14, 2013, 03:32:36 PM
I think Veggie Grill in Crossroads is opening this week... passed by during the weekend and they look like they are ready.

Got an email from TIC on Thursday that it's open.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on June 14, 2013, 03:41:37 PM
has anyone tried Which Wich at the Tustin Marketplace next to Dairy Queen? 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on June 14, 2013, 03:57:37 PM
has anyone tried Which Wich at the Tustin Marketplace next to Dairy Queen? 
They have one in the center on Michelson and Jamboree (where CPK and Houston's is)... but never tried it.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on June 14, 2013, 03:58:30 PM
I think Veggie Grill in Crossroads is opening this week... passed by during the weekend and they look like they are ready.
It is open... ate there this week.

Bigger than the Spectrum one.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on June 14, 2013, 04:13:12 PM
has anyone tried Which Wich at the Tustin Marketplace next to Dairy Queen? 
What do they serve?  Want to grab lunch over there this weekend?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on June 14, 2013, 04:54:14 PM
has anyone tried Which Wich at the Tustin Marketplace next to Dairy Queen? 
What do they serve?  Want to grab lunch over there this weekend?

They have interesting sandwiches. If we do have lunch it has to be on Sunday. My sister is in town tomorrow. The inlaws are supposed to come up on Sunday but they flake a lot. I'll keep you posted.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on June 14, 2013, 06:40:29 PM
has anyone tried Which Wich at the Tustin Marketplace next to Dairy Queen? 
What do they serve?  Want to grab lunch over there this weekend?

They have interesting sandwiches. If we do have lunch it has to be on Sunday. My sister is in town tomorrow. The inlaws are supposed to come up on Sunday but they flake a lot. I'll keep you posted.
Sunday works...just text me.  My dad is working on Sunday and will come down on Wednesday to go to the Angel game for a belated Father's Day. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on June 17, 2013, 09:49:03 AM
TIC finally got someone to the fill the vacancy left by Golden Spoon at the Orchard Hill Shopping center via way of Ren Asian Bistro.  According to the TIC website, the place offers "quick-service Chinese cuisine."  It's set to open in the fall. 

That center is really nice and quiet but the configuration of stores is really strange.  The Pavilions, Peets and the Mexican restaurant are all really good.  The Italian place is terrible.  Zov's is way overpriced (but seems popular) and I liked the Japanese place when it served shabu shabu.   All the other stores there are overpriced...the Spa and Chico's seems a little bit out of place. 

There needs to be a few more casual restaurants there. 

Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on June 17, 2013, 11:54:28 AM
I'm not sure there's any rhyme or reason to Irvine Company's placement of stores in their centers.  It almost seems like if you are able to pay the rents, they'll welcome you with open arms.  Look at Woodbury Town Center - there is a preschool in between Ralphs and Walgreens which makes ZERO sense.  Then they're opening some mediterranean restaurant near the bike shop and Ralphs which is away from all the other restaurants & outdoor dining space in the center.

I'm not sure how popular Zov's is.  Everytime I go - it's pretty quiet.  They do serve brunch on the weekends which is nice if you want a sit down type environment.  They probably got rent concessions from TIC since the promised mansions @ OH haven't been built yet.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on June 17, 2013, 12:07:49 PM
Does anyone know about that bakery that opened in the old Pei Wei space in Oak Creek?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on June 17, 2013, 12:40:10 PM
TIC finally got someone to the fill the vacancy left by Golden Spoon at the Orchard Hill Shopping center via way of Ren Asian Bistro.  According to the TIC website, the place offers "quick-service Chinese cuisine."  It's set to open in the fall. 

That center is really nice and quiet but the configuration of stores is really strange.  The Pavilions, Peets and the Mexican restaurant are all really good.  The Italian place is terrible.  Zov's is way overpriced (but seems popular) and I liked the Japanese place when it served shabu shabu.   All the other stores there are overpriced...the Spa and Chico's seems a little bit out of place. 

There needs to be a few more casual restaurants there. 


What's the name of that Mexican place?  I'll have to give it a try since it's so close to me.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on June 17, 2013, 12:59:30 PM
TIC finally got someone to the fill the vacancy left by Golden Spoon at the Orchard Hill Shopping center via way of Ren Asian Bistro.  According to the TIC website, the place offers "quick-service Chinese cuisine."  It's set to open in the fall. 

That center is really nice and quiet but the configuration of stores is really strange.  The Pavilions, Peets and the Mexican restaurant are all really good.  The Italian place is terrible.  Zov's is way overpriced (but seems popular) and I liked the Japanese place when it served shabu shabu.   All the other stores there are overpriced...the Spa and Chico's seems a little bit out of place. 

There needs to be a few more casual restaurants there. 

What's the name of that Mexican place?  I'll have to give it a try since it's so close to me.

La Sirena Grill...it's organic/free range meats.  Not to expensive...$9-12 for entrees and you get a lot.  Good wait staff and nice sitting area. 

http://www.yelp.com/biz/la-sirena-grill-irvine-2
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on June 17, 2013, 01:47:28 PM
I'm not sure there's any rhyme or reason to Irvine Company's placement of stores in their centers.  It almost seems like if you are able to pay the rents, they'll welcome you with open arms.  Look at Woodbury Town Center - there is a preschool in between Ralphs and Walgreens which makes ZERO sense.  Then they're opening some mediterranean restaurant near the bike shop and Ralphs which is away from all the other restaurants & outdoor dining space in the center.

I'm not sure how popular Zov's is.  Everytime I go - it's pretty quiet.  They do serve brunch on the weekends which is nice if you want a sit down type environment.  They probably got rent concessions from TIC since the promised mansions @ OH haven't been built yet.

TIC kicked out Pita Grill from Crossroads, caught a snippet of the article in the register....wonder why?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on June 17, 2013, 01:49:25 PM
TIC finally got someone to the fill the vacancy left by Golden Spoon at the Orchard Hill Shopping center via way of Ren Asian Bistro.  According to the TIC website, the place offers "quick-service Chinese cuisine."  It's set to open in the fall. 

That center is really nice and quiet but the configuration of stores is really strange.  The Pavilions, Peets and the Mexican restaurant are all really good.  The Italian place is terrible.  Zov's is way overpriced (but seems popular) and I liked the Japanese place when it served shabu shabu.   All the other stores there are overpriced...the Spa and Chico's seems a little bit out of place. 

There needs to be a few more casual restaurants there. 

What's the name of that Mexican place?  I'll have to give it a try since it's so close to me.

La Sirena Grill...it's organic/free range meats.  Not to expensive...$9-12 for entrees and you get a lot.  Good wait staff and nice sitting area. 

http://www.yelp.com/biz/la-sirena-grill-irvine-2

Thumbs up on Sirena as well...calamari burrito is really good, good salsa bar too, not nasty like Jalapenos
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on June 17, 2013, 01:57:30 PM
TIC kicked out Pita Grill from Crossroads, caught a snippet of the article in the register....wonder why?
Didn't know they were kicked out.

It looks like it's being replaced by a Turkish/Mediterranean eatery (which to me would be similar to Pita Grill).
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Costco on June 17, 2013, 02:30:03 PM
What's wrong Jalapenos? I actually like their crunchy tacos.

Anyone know what Irvine company is building in Quail Hill off of Laguna Canyon Rd (between Laguna Canyon Rd and 133, just across from Laguna Altura). Right now, there is nothing but a large paved parking lot. I'm hoping for Trader Joes and maybe a decent restaurant. The main disadvantage of living in Quail Hill is that the Quail Hill shopping center doesn't have much.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on June 17, 2013, 02:46:44 PM
Pita: "We don't pay late fees"
TIC: "OK. Here is your eviction notice"
So I found this:

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforkinit/2013/06/pita_grill_owner_speaks_about.php

The owner said TIC told him that they are not a fit for the center, but replaced them with another kabobery... DonerG.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on June 17, 2013, 02:57:33 PM
What's wrong Jalapenos?

their salsa bar set up is all screwed up. you can barely get your arms under there to pour the salsa into the little plastic cup.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on June 17, 2013, 03:09:05 PM
What's wrong Jalapenos?

their salsa bar set up is all screwed up. you can barely get your arms under there to pour the salsa into the little plastic cup.

Food is also too greasy for my taste. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on June 17, 2013, 03:11:28 PM
Food is also too greasy for my taste. 
Well... it is Mexican food.

No such thing as "too greasy"... that's a plus for Mexican food.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on June 17, 2013, 03:22:07 PM
Food is also too greasy for my taste. 
Well... it is Mexican food.

No such thing as "too greasy"... that's a plus for Mexican food.

I get that but maybe my Orange County delicate pallate has pulled me away from greasy foods of all variety.  Not a fan of things fried in lard or beans cooked in lard or extra fatty meats. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on June 17, 2013, 03:55:33 PM
What's wrong Jalapenos?

their salsa bar set up is all screwed up. you can barely get your arms under there to pour the salsa into the little plastic cup.

This is the one off Alton and Culver, great tacos, al pastor is the best hands down in Irvine... But the salsa bar serving spoons are the worst ever.  Wooden spoons (hello bacteria colony?) that's too wide to pour cleanly into the little plastic cups... So drip onto fingers and back into the pot...  Rinse and repeat 30 times and you got 300 fingers in that bowl.. Yuck... 

I usually get a plastic fork or spoon right next to the salsa bar and use that to get my salsa, try to tell myself if I get the salsa from around the far edge it will minimized exposure to finger drippings.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on June 17, 2013, 03:58:10 PM
The acidity of the salsa kills all the bacteria. :)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on June 17, 2013, 04:06:27 PM
TIC finally got someone to the fill the vacancy left by Golden Spoon at the Orchard Hill Shopping center via way of Ren Asian Bistro.  According to the TIC website, the place offers "quick-service Chinese cuisine."  It's set to open in the fall. 

That center is really nice and quiet but the configuration of stores is really strange.  The Pavilions, Peets and the Mexican restaurant are all really good.  The Italian place is terrible.  Zov's is way overpriced (but seems popular) and I liked the Japanese place when it served shabu shabu.   All the other stores there are overpriced...the Spa and Chico's seems a little bit out of place. 

There needs to be a few more casual restaurants there. 



Is this the same Asian bistro that was in the Harvard Place shopping center?  Probably a more casual PF Changs?  Hope they have good noodles...
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: SoCal on June 17, 2013, 04:07:51 PM
The acidity of the salsa kills all the bacteria. :)

MmmMmm. E. Coli Ceviche.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on June 17, 2013, 04:08:49 PM
The acidity of the salsa kills all the bacteria. :)

Or you'll have acid resistance selected bacteria... Survival of the fittest... It's actually the viruses I'm more worried about.... Lavese las manos!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on June 17, 2013, 04:32:40 PM
Mexican food wouldn't be Mexican food without the "too greasy" and some Montezuma's Revenge.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: whatever on June 18, 2013, 09:26:01 AM
Pita: "We don't pay late fees"
TIC: "OK. Here is your eviction notice"
So I found this:

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforkinit/2013/06/pita_grill_owner_speaks_about.php

The owner said TIC told him that they are not a fit for the center, but replaced them with another kabobery... DonerG.

I love DonerG but I hated their location in Anaheim.  Hopefully their kebobs will be a better fit for the Irvine Company so I won't have to drive to Anaheim and get accosted by junkies.

Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on June 18, 2013, 09:40:30 AM
So I can confirm Bruxie's will open in the old Fuji Kan location.

Was in the Heritage Plaza yesterday and the signs are up on the construction fences... gonna be bonkers when they open.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on June 18, 2013, 11:15:32 AM
Anyone has any idea what's going up in the Tustin Marketplace where Black Angus used to be?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on June 18, 2013, 11:21:55 AM
Anyone has any idea what's going up in the Tustin Marketplace where Black Angus used to be?
Yeah, Fish Bone Grill.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: OCgasman on June 18, 2013, 11:44:02 AM
I really wish a Popeye's would open in Irvine.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on June 18, 2013, 12:06:37 PM
I really wish a Popeye's would open in Irvine.
+1
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on June 18, 2013, 02:28:23 PM
So I can confirm Bruxie's will open in the old Fuji Kan location.

Was in the Heritage Plaza yesterday and the signs are up on the construction fences... gonna be bonkers when they open.

I like Bruxie - tried it a few times down in RSM, but definitely not good enough to deal with crowds, etc.  I actually don't understand a lot of these trendy food hypes.  Like Cronuts?  Don't people have better things to do than wait in line for this stuff?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on June 18, 2013, 02:34:58 PM
Any local place I can find cronuts? I love fusion food... hehe.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on June 18, 2013, 07:22:18 PM
Here's another restaurant opening soon in Orchard Hills (if you build it, the FCBs will come...)..

SHIN Sushi & Steak
(Coming Soon)
Phone: (714) 544-2800
Store Location: Orchard Hills Village Center Suite: 3923

A traditional Japanese restaurant offering healthy dining, including sushi and other specialties.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: woodburyowner on June 18, 2013, 09:49:48 PM
Chipotle in Woodbury is open
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: broda on June 18, 2013, 11:46:16 PM
I really wish a Popeye's would open in Irvine.

That would bring the wrong demographic to Irvine.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ZeroLot on June 23, 2013, 10:56:03 AM
That center needs a place like Tutti. It was there for 3 years I think.

I loved Tutti.  I went to Quail Hill just for their yogurt.  I hope another Tutti Frutti opens up somewhere else in Irvine, instead of another Yogurtland.

However Golden Spoon is back at the Trader Joe's Plaza on Walnut and Culver.  I haven't tried it yet but hope its good.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: iacrenter on June 23, 2013, 10:33:45 PM
Here's another restaurant opening soon in Orchard Hills (if you build it, the FCBs will come...)..

SHIN Sushi & Steak
(Coming Soon)
Phone: (714) 544-2800
Store Location: Orchard Hills Village Center Suite: 3923

A traditional Japanese restaurant offering healthy dining, including sushi and other specialties.

Looks like Asian invasion of food in OH mall now:

1) Looks like Shin is taking over where Ayame used to be. I'm assuming this is a new owner as opposed to a Ayame Redux. That old restaurant never seemed to die.

(http://i40.tinypic.com/fc0cnt.jpg)

2) Old Golden Spoon spot is being taken over by Ren Asian Bistro coming this Fall.

(http://i42.tinypic.com/v2wp5y.jpg)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on June 24, 2013, 08:24:53 AM
That center needs a place like Tutti. It was there for 3 years I think.

I loved Tutti.  I went to Quail Hill just for their yogurt.  I hope another Tutti Frutti opens up somewhere else in Irvine, instead of another Yogurtland.

However Golden Spoon is back at the Trader Joe's Plaza on Walnut and Culver.  I haven't tried it yet but hope its good.

There is a Tutti in the Woodbury Shopping Center.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on June 24, 2013, 09:41:25 PM
GBurger to open soon in Tustin Market Place.. you guys want a greasy spoon.. this is as greasy (but gourmet) as it gets.. my old co-workers use to rave about the La Habra joint..

http://www.shopthemarketplace.com/Search/G_Burger.aspx

http://www.yelp.com/biz/gburger-la-habra-2

http://l.b5z.net/i/u/10113878/f/gMenu06_09_2013.pdf
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ZeroLot on June 24, 2013, 11:24:11 PM
That center needs a place like Tutti. It was there for 3 years I think.

I loved Tutti.  I went to Quail Hill just for their yogurt.  I hope another Tutti Frutti opens up somewhere else in Irvine, instead of another Yogurtland.

However Golden Spoon is back at the Trader Joe's Plaza on Walnut and Culver.  I haven't tried it yet but hope its good.

There is a Tutti in the Woodbury Shopping Center.

OMG!  Thank you!!  I am so going to visit it tomorrow!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ZeroLot on June 29, 2013, 11:29:11 PM
That center needs a place like Tutti. It was there for 3 years I think.

I loved Tutti.  I went to Quail Hill just for their yogurt.  I hope another Tutti Frutti opens up somewhere else in Irvine, instead of another Yogurtland.

However Golden Spoon is back at the Trader Joe's Plaza on Walnut and Culver.  I haven't tried it yet but hope its good.

There is a Tutti in the Woodbury Shopping Center.

OMG!  Thank you!!  I am so going to visit it tomorrow!

I went there.  The Tutti Frutti in Woodbury didn't taste as good as the one in Quail Hill.  Tasted watered down. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on July 09, 2013, 07:43:56 PM
(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff390/Ps99472/null_zpsc143b9e9.jpg) (http://s1233.photobucket.com/user/Ps99472/media/null_zpsc143b9e9.jpg.html)

Wife picked up a JapanUp! mag from Sagami and saw this ad for the new Shin Sushi and Steak... Looks like it will be a Japanese owned? Japanese restaurant (since it was mentioned in JapanUp!)..  Can't wait..
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on July 09, 2013, 07:52:41 PM
New Islands opening in Market Place.. not sure what it's replacing (LaZ Boy?) .. who cares.. thumbs up for Islands.. kid friendly... happy hour....bloody Hula burger... fries... IPA.. I'm there...

(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff390/Ps99472/islands_zps895d7079.jpg) (http://s1233.photobucket.com/user/Ps99472/media/islands_zps895d7079.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Homer_Simpson on July 10, 2013, 08:24:27 AM
Whats bonefish grill? I see that on the flyer.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on July 10, 2013, 08:34:55 AM
Whats bonefish grill? I see that on the flyer.
Seafood place going where the Black Angus used to be.

I think they have one off McArthur near Newport.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Coleman on July 10, 2013, 08:37:57 AM
Looked online and it seems that it's a chain type of restaurant with no other locations in California. (Tried to double check but their server went down, haha)  Owned by the people who bring you: Carrabba's Italian Grill, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Outback Steakhouse, and Roy's.

If anyone goes, let me know how it compares to CA Fish Grill.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on July 10, 2013, 08:51:22 AM
http://www.yelp.com/biz/bonefish-grill-orlando-2

almost went here when we were at Disneyworld.. seems decent..Bang Bang Shrimp!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Homer_Simpson on July 10, 2013, 08:58:43 AM
Looked online and it seems that it's a chain type of restaurant with no other locations in California. (Tried to double check but their server went down, haha)  Owned by the people who bring you: Carrabba's Italian Grill, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Outback Steakhouse, and Roy's.

If anyone goes, let me know how it compares to CA Fish Grill.

Love me some Ca Fish Grill... I will be going there today!!! That butter sauce is $$$$$
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: iacrenter on July 11, 2013, 01:59:13 AM
Wife picked up a JapanUp! mag from Sagami and saw this ad for the new Shin Sushi and Steak... Looks like it will be a Japanese owned? Japanese restaurant (since it was mentioned in JapanUp!)..  Can't wait..


This deal on TIC's website looks even better for Shin: 50% off

http://m.shopirvinecompany.com/SpecialOffers/StoreDetails/2113/


SHIN Sushi & Steak
Orchard Hills Village Center
NWC Culver Dr. + Portola Pkwy.
Suite 3923
(714) 544-2800
$20 OFF

With purchase of $40 or more

Grand Opening Special
Valid at Orchards Hills Shopping Center only. Limit one offer per person, per coupon. Coupon must be presented at time of purchase or service. Not valid with any other offer except Happy Hour Menu.

Expires: 7/31/2013
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Vinster on July 12, 2013, 11:44:32 AM
This deal on TIC's website looks even better for Shin: 50% off

http://m.shopirvinecompany.com/SpecialOffers/StoreDetails/2113/


SHIN Sushi & Steak
Orchard Hills Village Center
NWC Culver Dr. + Portola Pkwy.
Suite 3923
(714) 544-2800
$20 OFF

With purchase of $40 or more

Grand Opening Special
Valid at Orchards Hills Shopping Center only. Limit one offer per person, per coupon. Coupon must be presented at time of purchase or service. Not valid with any other offer except Happy Hour Menu.

Expires: 7/31/2013


Coupon is also good for Happy Hour menu? Sounds like the best time to use the coupon is during Happy Hour (5-6:30 PM).
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: iacrenter on July 12, 2013, 01:34:09 PM
This deal on TIC's website looks even better for Shin: 50% off

http://m.shopirvinecompany.com/SpecialOffers/StoreDetails/2113/


SHIN Sushi & Steak
Orchard Hills Village Center
NWC Culver Dr. + Portola Pkwy.
Suite 3923
(714) 544-2800
$20 OFF

With purchase of $40 or more

Grand Opening Special
Valid at Orchards Hills Shopping Center only. Limit one offer per person, per coupon. Coupon must be presented at time of purchase or service. Not valid with any other offer except Happy Hour Menu.

Expires: 7/31/2013


Coupon is also good for Happy Hour menu? Sounds like the best time to use the coupon is during Happy Hour (5-6:30 PM).

Anyone going or gone to grand opening today?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: davidr on July 15, 2013, 02:15:06 PM
I'm not sure how popular Zov's is.  Everytime I go - it's pretty quiet.  They do serve brunch on the weekends which is nice if you want a sit down type environment.  They probably got rent concessions from TIC since the promised mansions @ OH haven't been built yet.

Zov's is packed almost all the time we go by - which is pretty often.  Not as much dinner, but every morning there's a lot of people there. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: davidr on July 15, 2013, 02:17:17 PM
TIC finally got someone to the fill the vacancy left by Golden Spoon at the Orchard Hill Shopping center via way of Ren Asian Bistro.  According to the TIC website, the place offers "quick-service Chinese cuisine."  It's set to open in the fall. 

That center is really nice and quiet but the configuration of stores is really strange.  The Pavilions, Peets and the Mexican restaurant are all really good.  The Italian place is terrible.  Zov's is way overpriced (but seems popular) and I liked the Japanese place when it served shabu shabu.   All the other stores there are overpriced...the Spa and Chico's seems a little bit out of place. 

There needs to be a few more casual restaurants there. 

What's the name of that Mexican place?  I'll have to give it a try since it's so close to me.

La Sirena Grill...it's organic/free range meats.  Not to expensive...$9-12 for entrees and you get a lot.  Good wait staff and nice sitting area. 

http://www.yelp.com/biz/la-sirena-grill-irvine-2

Yes - very good place.  They used to have a deal with Wine Styles (before they recently went under) to order their food form the wine bar. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: moonchild508 on July 15, 2013, 03:06:42 PM
We happened to go to Shin's by chance on 7/5 before their grand opening - soft opening, as they called it.  The food was good, and the servers were nice and attentive.  Not sure if it was because it was their first day, but the food took a while to arrive.  A bit pricey.  The Chirashi I ordered was $28.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on July 18, 2013, 07:21:50 AM
Does anyone know about that bakery that opened in the old Pei Wei space in Oak Creek?
I went there the other night, it's called PDM Kitchen/Bakery and it's actually Pain Du Monde (like the one in Fashion Island).

They just opened last Thursday and it's a big space. Not sure how they will do in that space since two other restaurants (maybe 3, not sure what was there before Pei Wei) couldn't stay open (although they were open for years).

No cronuts to be found but the one thing I really like at PDM is the Almond Twist.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on July 18, 2013, 08:12:19 AM
Seasons of Japan is open next to Pho So Bad in Westpark Plaza, haven't tried it, might be good for japanese takeout, Gonna try their yakisoba next.  Gaufree will be next to them
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on July 18, 2013, 08:15:17 AM
We happened to go to Shin's by chance on 7/5 before their grand opening - soft opening, as they called it.  The food was good, and the servers were nice and attentive.  Not sure if it was because it was their first day, but the food took a while to arrive.  A bit pricey.  The Chirashi I ordered was $28.

How's the Chirashi?  Did the food move around prior to eating?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: SamsonSimson on July 22, 2013, 06:50:06 PM
Wife picked up a JapanUp! mag from Sagami and saw this ad for the new Shin Sushi and Steak... Looks like it will be a Japanese owned? Japanese restaurant (since it was mentioned in JapanUp!)..  Can't wait..


This deal on TIC's website looks even better for Shin: 50% off

http://m.shopirvinecompany.com/SpecialOffers/StoreDetails/2113/


SHIN Sushi & Steak
Orchard Hills Village Center
NWC Culver Dr. + Portola Pkwy.
Suite 3923
(714) 544-2800
$20 OFF

With purchase of $40 or more

Grand Opening Special
Valid at Orchards Hills Shopping Center only. Limit one offer per person, per coupon. Coupon must be presented at time of purchase or service. Not valid with any other offer except Happy Hour Menu.

Expires: 7/31/2013


Is this Ayame part IV? Gotta admire the proprietor's determination to create something that works. It seems like they faced setback after setback, so hopefully it'll succeed this time.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on July 23, 2013, 06:56:51 AM
Wife picked up a JapanUp! mag from Sagami and saw this ad for the new Shin Sushi and Steak... Looks like it will be a Japanese owned? Japanese restaurant (since it was mentioned in JapanUp!)..  Can't wait..


This deal on TIC's website looks even better for Shin: 50% off

http://m.shopirvinecompany.com/SpecialOffers/StoreDetails/2113/


SHIN Sushi & Steak
Orchard Hills Village Center
NWC Culver Dr. + Portola Pkwy.
Suite 3923
(714) 544-2800
$20 OFF

With purchase of $40 or more

Grand Opening Special
Valid at Orchards Hills Shopping Center only. Limit one offer per person, per coupon. Coupon must be presented at time of purchase or service. Not valid with any other offer except Happy Hour Menu.

Expires: 7/31/2013


Is this Ayame part IV? Gotta admire the proprietor's determination to create something that works. It seems like they faced setback after setback, so hopefully it'll succeed this time.

They're not related to Ayame, new owners, talked to the half Salvadorean (or Ecuadorean?) half Japanese waiter, he's also one of the partners.  Once they shake off rookie restaurant inefficiencies, they should do fine.  The sushi chef seems pretty personable...and they don't have that party pooper signage from Ayame where it stated "Please do not buy drinks for the chef".   I hope they stick to what they want to serve and not cave in to chicken teriyaki and California roll combo A or super Siracha mayo roll....
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on July 28, 2013, 12:07:03 PM
Bruxie opens 8/6/13
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on July 29, 2013, 08:51:26 AM
Heart attack occurs 8/7/13
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Coleman on July 29, 2013, 02:25:10 PM
Heart attack occurs 8/7/13

Exactly!  (You are implying that when you stand in line on the 6th, you will actually be able to get your food on the 7th due to the enormous crowd, right?)

Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on August 03, 2013, 02:26:51 PM
Urban Plates is opening up in Crossroads where the Pizza Hut used to be.

Looks similar to Tender Greens:

http://www.urbanplates.com/

Their other location is San Diego.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on August 05, 2013, 04:43:24 PM
was getting takeout yesterday for the wife and noticed that the the space where the bonefish grill was supposed to open said "restaurant space available" i wonder if they backed out.  its going to suck for in-n-out if the stop the construction until they find a new tenant since their drive thru line is re-routed due to the construction.

and remember - bruxie opens tomorrow!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: OCgasman on August 05, 2013, 09:48:32 PM
was getting takeout yesterday for the wife and noticed that the the space where the bonefish grill was supposed to open said "restaurant space available" i wonder if they backed out.  its going to suck for in-n-out if the stop the construction until they find a new tenant since their drive thru line is re-routed due to the construction.
Popeye's would be perfect there!  Tuesday thigh and wing for $1.29...Winning!  But, alas, a pipe dream.  Popeye's is too ghetto for Irvine.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on August 05, 2013, 09:57:24 PM
and remember - bruxie opens tomorrow!
I wonder if they opened today, their website said they had a special today:
Quote
Monday, August 5:
1. Country Sausage & Egg Bruxie – Griddled Country Sausage, Farm Fresh Jumbo Egg, and Tillamook Cheddar Cheese with a light spread of Mayo
Edit: I think it was their soft opening/training day.

They open at 8am tomorrow... hmm... maybe I'll head over there to see how busy it is.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on August 05, 2013, 10:19:35 PM
The first yelp review mentioned they soft open this past weekend.  See you all there...
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on August 05, 2013, 11:34:26 PM
Sweet, can wait to go to Bruxie....
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on August 06, 2013, 11:45:45 AM
Any Bruxie reports?

I might go here around 2:30, hopefully that's after the lunch crowd.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on August 06, 2013, 02:57:50 PM
At Bruxies now. Line for register is long, only 2 registers. Lots of seating though. Will post more later.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on August 06, 2013, 05:08:13 PM
Hey save me some, gonna stop by later
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on August 06, 2013, 05:08:56 PM
At Bruxies now. Line for register is long, only 2 registers. Lots of seating though. Will post more later.

what app are you using to post? I hope you are not in line with laptop open typing...

Mobile phone browser?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on August 06, 2013, 05:34:40 PM
At Bruxies now. Line for register is long, only 2 registers. Lots of seating though. Will post more later.

what app are you using to post? I hope you are not in line with laptop open typing...

Mobile phone browser?
Yep... Chrome.

I was going to try to figure out how to upload pictures directly from the phone but got lazy... I almost forgot to take pictures (like usual).
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on August 07, 2013, 08:35:22 PM
Actually, SMF does have a mobile version built-in. When Mr. SoCal was the admin, he had me test it and it worked pretty well.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Vinster on August 11, 2013, 08:53:14 AM
DonerG coming to Crossroads later this year according to the message on the vacant space next to Pizza Hut.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: paperboyNC on August 12, 2013, 01:27:03 PM
Checked out Garbanzo's today for lunch (in Woodbury, opened in the past month):
https://www.eatgarbanzo.com/locations_woodbury.php

It's a lot like Pita Pit but with a few more choices and a little more expensive. I'd eat there again.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on August 12, 2013, 01:59:19 PM
Tender Greens is opening in the University Center... bad news for Salad Republic.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Homer_Simpson on August 13, 2013, 10:41:38 AM
Have you guys tried California Gogi yet?

It's like a Korean BBQ + Chipotle joint!!  I think the same owners as Gen BBQ. $6.50 gets you a nice meal :)

http://www.yelp.com/biz/california-gogi-korean-grill-irvine (http://www.yelp.com/biz/california-gogi-korean-grill-irvine)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on August 13, 2013, 10:51:52 AM
Have you guys tried California Gogi yet?

It's like a Korean BBQ + Chipotle joint!!  I think the same owners as Gen BBQ. $6.50 gets you a nice meal :)

http://www.yelp.com/biz/california-gogi-korean-grill-irvine (http://www.yelp.com/biz/california-gogi-korean-grill-irvine)

But that would involve me going near UCI  :-\
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Coleman on August 13, 2013, 12:00:19 PM
Have you guys tried California Gogi yet?

It's like a Korean BBQ + Chipotle joint!!  I think the same owners as Gen BBQ. $6.50 gets you a nice meal :)

http://www.yelp.com/biz/california-gogi-korean-grill-irvine (http://www.yelp.com/biz/california-gogi-korean-grill-irvine)

I will have to check it out.  I looked at the photos and it looks pretty good. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on August 13, 2013, 12:14:42 PM
Have you guys tried California Gogi yet?

It's like a Korean BBQ + Chipotle joint!!  I think the same owners as Gen BBQ. $6.50 gets you a nice meal :)

http://www.yelp.com/biz/california-gogi-korean-grill-irvine (http://www.yelp.com/biz/california-gogi-korean-grill-irvine)
Such a newb... posted about it a while ago in this very thread:

http://www.talkirvine.com/index.php/topic,1956.msg55011/topicseen.html#msg55011
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on August 13, 2013, 12:29:05 PM
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Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on August 13, 2013, 12:31:40 PM
Aki Home is taking over best buy's space at the district.

http://aki-home.com/welcome-to-aki-home/the-aki-home-story/

Looks like a Japanese furniture store.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Homer_Simpson on August 13, 2013, 01:05:10 PM
Have you guys tried California Gogi yet?

It's like a Korean BBQ + Chipotle joint!!  I think the same owners as Gen BBQ. $6.50 gets you a nice meal :)

http://www.yelp.com/biz/california-gogi-korean-grill-irvine (http://www.yelp.com/biz/california-gogi-korean-grill-irvine)
Such a newb... posted about it a while ago in this very thread:

http://www.talkirvine.com/index.php/topic,1956.msg55011/topicseen.html#msg55011

This is why I don't come ball anymore... you always harrass me :(
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on August 13, 2013, 02:38:52 PM
Aki Home is taking over best buy's space at the district.

http://aki-home.com/welcome-to-aki-home/the-aki-home-story/

Looks like a Japanese furniture store.

Can't wait, looks interesting... Do they have 132" drapes? :)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on August 13, 2013, 06:41:48 PM
For the juicers out there aka the new fad. Nektar is opening up in quail hill next week. And they are also planning a location at university center.

http://www.nekterjuicebar.com/
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on August 14, 2013, 07:35:18 AM
Have you guys tried California Gogi yet?

It's like a Korean BBQ + Chipotle joint!!  I think the same owners as Gen BBQ. $6.50 gets you a nice meal :)

http://www.yelp.com/biz/california-gogi-korean-grill-irvine (http://www.yelp.com/biz/california-gogi-korean-grill-irvine)
Such a newb... posted about it a while ago in this very thread:

http://www.talkirvine.com/index.php/topic,1956.msg55011/topicseen.html#msg55011

This is why I don't come ball anymore... you always harrass me :(
Wah.

And... that's why I revoked your man card.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Homer_Simpson on August 14, 2013, 07:36:16 AM
Have you guys tried California Gogi yet?

It's like a Korean BBQ + Chipotle joint!!  I think the same owners as Gen BBQ. $6.50 gets you a nice meal :)

http://www.yelp.com/biz/california-gogi-korean-grill-irvine (http://www.yelp.com/biz/california-gogi-korean-grill-irvine)
Such a newb... posted about it a while ago in this very thread:

http://www.talkirvine.com/index.php/topic,1956.msg55011/topicseen.html#msg55011

This is why I don't come ball anymore... you always harrass me :(
Wah.

And... that's why I revoked your man card.

*Whiney voice* Give me my card back!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on August 17, 2013, 04:55:21 PM
http://www.yelp.com/biz/g-burger-irvine-2

G Burger is open.... That's quite a few greasy spoon establishments that has opened recently....Bruxies...Habit...
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on August 19, 2013, 08:45:05 AM
A new shaved ice/boba place opened up in the Mitsuwa center called Shaved n Boba.   Barebones setting but pretty cheap.  You basically pick a size ($3 regular/$3.75 large), a ice flavor (green/milk/strawberry) a sauce (condensed milk/caramel/chocolate), and toppings (1 for $0.50/3 for $1.00).   The shaved ice is the snow shaved ice so it's good by itself.  Kinda of light on the topping but pretty good. 

It's a much better value than Mochilato, who charges like $10+ for a larger sized shaved ice but not snow shaved and too expensive IMO.  You can get a decent sized shaved ice (for 2 adults) and pick the topping you like for like half the price.

 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: davidr on August 28, 2013, 07:14:12 PM
Any Bruxie reports?

I might go here around 2:30, hopefully that's after the lunch crowd.

Been there twice now.  Really liked it and will be a regular there! 

 David
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on August 29, 2013, 06:16:57 PM
That center is so hit and miss.

I think the longest tenant is Ray's Pizza.

At least Tender Greens is opening up there.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on September 05, 2013, 09:27:42 AM
Delayed for over a year, Pho Kobe is now open, corner of Barranca and Jamboree, near EPL and Mr. Sandwich.  Gonna get takeout tonight.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on September 09, 2013, 08:19:45 AM
MOD Superfast Pizza coming to Westpark Plaza

looks like a chain from washington

http://www.modpizza.com/
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on September 09, 2013, 08:28:49 AM
MOD Superfast Pizza coming to Westpark Plaza

looks like a chain from washington

http://www.modpizza.com/
Nice... sounds like Blaze or Pieology, let's see how it compares.

Speaking of Westpark Plaza, I think GauFree Waffles is opening this Thursday, Sept 12. We'll see how it compares to Bruxie and Iron Press:

http://www.gaufree.com
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on September 11, 2013, 08:12:38 AM
(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff390/Ps99472/image_zpsae6accc4.jpeg) (http://s1233.photobucket.com/user/Ps99472/media/image_zpsae6accc4.jpeg.html)

Gaufree's waffle menu... wife says soft open already...
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on September 11, 2013, 08:28:44 AM
The full menu is on their site... I've already ordered in my dinner in my mind.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Coleman on September 11, 2013, 04:43:26 PM
I am liking this new pretzel bread trend!

Lettuce know how Gaufree is.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: iacrenter on September 13, 2013, 10:03:00 AM
I am liking this new pretzel bread trend!

Lettuce know how Gaufree is.

LOL...darn auto spell correct! I get the same problem on my iphone all the time.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Homer_Simpson on September 13, 2013, 10:05:06 AM
I am liking this new pretzel bread trend!

Lettuce know how Gaufree is.

LOL...darn auto spell correct! I get the same problem on my iphone all the time.

I think he spelled it that way on purpose :)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on September 20, 2013, 09:59:51 AM
Just noticed the new Habit opening soon on Barranca/Von Karman (near HomelessMart) will have a drive thru!  Nice...
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on September 21, 2013, 07:55:58 AM
Just noticed the new Habit opening soon on Barranca/Von Karman (near HomelessMart) will have a drive thru!  Nice...
Sweet, approx. when will it be open?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on September 21, 2013, 02:17:58 PM
Just noticed the new Habit opening soon on Barranca/Von Karman (near HomelessMart) will have a drive thru!  Nice...
Sweet, approx. when will it be open?

its already open, went to TB today for lunch next door. Place was pretty busy.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on September 22, 2013, 10:43:59 PM
BTW, my neighbors are raving about how good Urban Plates is.

I will wait to see the momopi or IHO pics as well as when qwerty indicates the lines have died down.


Tried it the other night, had the steak while wife had the ono.  Main courses were ok, but the broccolini was delicious and my wife loved the brussel sprouts.  Ono needed more salt.  Only thing I didn't like was the light pour of the wine at $8 a glass. That was stingy on their part.

Food is decent enough for us to go back though. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on September 23, 2013, 06:43:49 AM
BTW, my neighbors are raving about how good Urban Plates is.

I will wait to see the momopi or IHO pics as well as when qwerty indicates the lines have died down.


Tried it the other night, had the steak while wife had the ono.  Main courses were ok, but the broccolini was delicious and my wife loved the brussel sprouts.  Ono needed more salt.  Only thing I didn't like was the light pour of the wine at $8 a glass. That was stingy on their part.

Food is decent enough for us to go back though. 
We were there yesterday.

Crowded like a model home (or a Creamistry). I like that they allow you to choose your sides unlike Tender Greens. Had the turkey meat loaf, the braised beef and mushrooms and the kids mac&cheese.

It was good, $1 less than Tender Greens, but no fried chicken. Like PS9, we'll be back. It almost reminds me of those fresh market eateries/bus stops in Europe where you grab a tray and they put on what you want. At least they have kids meals.

Sorry, Ty, forgot to take pictures.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on October 04, 2013, 03:32:20 PM
Ren Asian Bistro soft opened this past weekend.  Heard they were giving away free food.  Can't believe I missed free food.

https://www.facebook.com/RenAsianBistro

http://www.yelp.com/biz/ren-asian-bistro-irvine
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on October 04, 2013, 03:43:06 PM
DonerG also opened

http://www.yelp.com/biz/donerg-turkish-and-mediterranean-grill-irvine

and DelSushi (?)

http://www.yelp.com/biz/delsushi-irvine
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on October 04, 2013, 06:34:29 PM
Had DonerG for dinner.  Got the Kabob mixed plate.  A little bit of chicken and beef.  $10 enough to feed my fam.  Thumbs up from my little one for the beef.  I liked the soft fluffy short grain rice which was surprising since it wasn't a Japanese nor Taiwanese place.  Coming back.  And yes I still don't like hummus.  Who likes armpit?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Yep! on October 04, 2013, 06:36:45 PM
Ren Asian Bistro soft opened this past weekend.  Heard they were giving away free food.  Can't believe I missed free food.

FYI, Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill in Woodbury is still giving away free food:

http://www.woodburyoffers.com/p1308wd02/

It's pretty good too, check them out!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on October 04, 2013, 06:57:12 PM
Never knew woodbury has its own coupon site, thanks! 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Yep! on October 05, 2013, 09:15:35 AM
Never knew woodbury has its own coupon site, thanks!

You are welcome!  Yes, it a fairly new site:
http://www.woodburyoffers.com/

If you sign up for updates, you can be notified when new offers come out:
http://www.woodburyoffers.com/updates/
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on October 10, 2013, 09:07:44 AM
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Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on October 10, 2013, 01:45:29 PM
Ren Asian Bistro soft opened this past weekend.  Heard they were giving away free food.  Can't believe I missed free food.

https://www.facebook.com/RenAsianBistro

http://www.yelp.com/biz/ren-asian-bistro-irvine

Tried this place recently.  Its owned by one of the former owners of Tri Village (@ Cypress Village).  Food is decent and the owner was super nice.  I wasn't blown away but its a decent option if you live in the area.  Probably wouldn't travel far to try.  Hopefully they stay in business since that OH plaza needs more food options.

With orchard hills in 2014, they should have plenty of new business.  Any dishes you recommend?  The Kung pao looks decent.  Haven't had time to try them yet.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on October 10, 2013, 01:49:17 PM
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Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on October 15, 2013, 10:02:35 AM
Lee's sandwiches closed next to UCI.

Chic Fil - A to replace it:
Whoah... really? I would think with all the FCBs that Lee's would be there forever.

I'm not really a CFA fan... they need a Tommy's or Wienerdude there.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on October 15, 2013, 11:39:28 AM
Lee's sandwiches closed next to UCI.

Chic Fil - A to replace it:
Whoah... really? I would think with all the FCBs that Lee's would be there forever.

I'm not really a CFA fan... they need a Tommy's or Wienerdude there.

I have never been a fan of Lee's.  They did well when they were basically the only Vietnamese sandwich choice outside of GG/Westminster but now that other drink/sandwiches places are popping up, Lee's is not good value.  Their sandwiches are basically 90% bread. 

CFA is also pretty expensive (and salty) but my daughter likes it and the service is pretty good.  This of course does not factor into the social issues relating to CFA.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on October 15, 2013, 08:24:12 PM
I noticed more Asian employees at the chic fil a we frequent.  If they just use numbers like Carl's or get your name down, there should be no Ching Chong problems.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on October 15, 2013, 08:43:53 PM
Ren Asian Bistro soft opened this past weekend.  Heard they were giving away free food.  Can't believe I missed free food.

https://www.facebook.com/RenAsianBistro

http://www.yelp.com/biz/ren-asian-bistro-irvine

Tried this place recently.  Its owned by one of the former owners of Tri Village (@ Cypress Village).  Food is decent and the owner was super nice.  I wasn't blown away but its a decent option if you live in the area.  Probably wouldn't travel far to try.  Hopefully they stay in business since that OH plaza needs more food options.

With orchard hills in 2014, they should have plenty of new business.  Any dishes you recommend?  The Kung pao looks decent.  Haven't had time to try them yet.

Yea - just hoping they make it to 2014!  I had the kung pao chicken and the sweet/sour prawn along with their chicken wings.  I spoke to the owner AFTER I ordered and apparently I didn't order their "specialities".  He rec'ed the basil leek sauce, their mushroom one as well as their crystal white sauce.  Chicken wings hit the spot.  My other half complained they were too garlic-y though.  He also rec'ed the rib appetizer.  Will probably try them again for take out next week for dinner.

Finally tried the food at Ren Asian Bistro.. ordered their Kung Pao Ckn.. not bad, not bad at all.  Decent when you're dead tired and just want something savory for dinner.  Price was around $11-12, portion was decent, enough for two for dinner and also for lunch the next day. 

An older asian dude waved hello at me from inside the kitchen thru the cutout.  cool.  must be the friendly owner. 

Can't wait to try the other dishes.  Pray to jesus/buddha/allah/tom cruise for a decent lo mein!

20% coupon at shopirvine:

http://www.shopneighborhoodcenters.com/coupons/getcoupon.aspx?ids=11595
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on October 16, 2013, 09:45:52 AM
I noticed more Asian employees at the chic fil a we frequent.  If they just use numbers like Carl's or get your name down, there should be no Ching Chong problems.

LOL!!! he was referring to the founders' son anti gay stance.  Since that occurred last year, the company has backed off the words of that individual...

It's an interesting dilemma...CFA and Hobby Lobby are both started and run by very conservative Christians who believe and practice their faith (i.e. not open on Sundays).  But they do run national businesses that cater to a wide range of customers.  I guess that's what boycotts are for.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on October 16, 2013, 09:46:57 AM
In&Out stays open on Sundays.

Are they blasphemers? :)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on October 16, 2013, 09:58:21 AM
In&Out stays open on Sundays.

Are they blasphemers? :)

I don't really have an opinion on the matter...but it is pretty gutsy for a restaurant and a retail store to decide on not opening on Sunday.  CFA for example would probably make a lot of money open on Sunday just for the post-church crowds.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on October 16, 2013, 01:26:35 PM
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Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on October 16, 2013, 01:49:00 PM
They're opening one in the Spectrum... but at those prices... not sure I want to try it.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on October 16, 2013, 01:53:55 PM
I know this isn't that new, but I finally tried Umami burger @ the camp recently and was disappointed.  $55 for 2 burgers, 2 sides and 2 non-alcoholic drinks.  Nothing wow-ed me.  The burger was only ok.  The sweet potato fries were tasteless.  Was I there on an off day?  Rather spend that $55 for two months of tolling on the 133.

I have had burgers of various price ranges and in the end, I can't justify paying more than $10-12  for a burger (fries included). 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on October 16, 2013, 05:22:29 PM
I know this isn't that new, but I finally tried Umami burger @ the camp recently and was disappointed.  $55 for 2 burgers, 2 sides and 2 non-alcoholic drinks.  Nothing wow-ed me.  The burger was only ok.  The sweet potato fries were tasteless.  Was I there on an off day?  Rather spend that $55 for two months of tolling on the 133.

I have had burgers of various price ranges and in the end, I can't justify paying more than $10-12  for a burger (fries included). 
Sure you can....at Slaters 50/50 (not that much more than $10-12 though).
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: OCgasman on October 16, 2013, 05:54:53 PM
Slaters is a much better burger vs Umami.  Umami is just plain overpriced and overrated.  Caters to the L.A. Hipster crowd, who gladly pay those prices for that kinda stuff. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on October 18, 2013, 09:38:29 PM
Mizu Sushi Bar & Grill will soon open at the Market Place on the Tustin side.  Chain establishment from San Jose, here's their yelp:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/mizu-sushi-bar-and-grill-san-jose

Not bad, 4 stars with over 1000 yelps.  Looking forward to this one.  They will take over the spot where Tower Records then clothing store then furniture store use to be. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on October 18, 2013, 09:43:58 PM
Yushoken (ramen joint) will open in University Center soon.  Not sure if they're related to the Arcadia restaurant.  Don't venture to this part of Irvine much but might give it a try.  Here's the yelp of the Arcadia joint with the same name:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/ramen-yushoken-arcadia

Googling the name also showed up as a chain in the Philippines.. again not sure if related.   If I find some crispy pata in my bowl, then I'll know. :)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeshopper on October 19, 2013, 02:05:36 AM
Food cost 20% more from Bruxie and Habit in Irvine due to higher rent and overhead. Asian chains are 40% more compared to SGV.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on October 21, 2013, 11:53:28 AM
Food cost 20% more from Bruxie and Habit in Irvine due to higher rent and overhead. Asian chains are 40% more compared to SGV.

Haven't compared prices directly but prices in SGV are getting pretty high as well.  It used to be about $2 a dish more...now we're closer to $1 more per dish.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: broda on October 23, 2013, 03:27:16 PM
Food cost 20% more from Bruxie and Habit in Irvine due to higher rent and overhead. Asian chains are 40% more compared to SGV.

Haven't compared prices directly but prices in SGV are getting pretty high as well.  It used to be about $2 a dish more...now we're closer to $1 more per dish.

With the success of Yelp and people starting to venture out to find good food, when they know they got a good product they will up their price.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: broda on October 23, 2013, 06:55:24 PM
I don't know - i wouldn't drive more than 15 min to get anything to eat.  And then its only because someone is visiting that wanted something specific.


For the $2 savings at those cheeper spots, you just spent $4 in gas to get there.

Five Crowns doesn't serve the creamed corn and I was appalled.  So I drove all the way to Beverly hills to get Lawrys.  And it was worth every mile.  Besides that, LA has a lot of good eats you just won't find in OC.  Before the little ones, I use to go to LA to eat on the weekends.  45 minutes to an hour to have an amazing meal was worth it to me.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on October 24, 2013, 09:40:48 AM
I don't know - i wouldn't drive more than 15 min to get anything to eat.  And then its only because someone is visiting that wanted something specific.


For the $2 savings at those cheeper spots, you just spent $4 in gas to get there.

Five Crowns doesn't serve the creamed corn and I was appalled.  So I drove all the way to Beverly hills to get Lawrys.  And it was worth every mile.  Besides that, LA has a lot of good eats you just won't find in OC.  Before the little ones, I use to go to LA to eat on the weekends.  45 minutes to an hour to have an amazing meal was worth it to me.

There are excellent restaurant in OC.  I mean, there is a Lawry's near South Coast and Maestro's, Ruth Chris, and Fleming's are all excellent.  As for hole in the wall places, there are plenty of those in OC, just not in Irvine.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on October 24, 2013, 10:36:13 AM
do they have waffle sliders in OC?

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5228/5638558246_2984eaff31.jpg)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on October 24, 2013, 10:38:52 AM
Bru's Wiffle? Those look good.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on October 24, 2013, 10:46:12 AM
do they have waffle sliders in OC?

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5228/5638558246_2984eaff31.jpg)

Doesn't Bruxie have a waffle burger?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on October 24, 2013, 10:47:54 AM
Bru's Wiffle? Those look good.

yeah ive never been. a friend of mine tried it said it was good.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: broda on October 24, 2013, 01:43:24 PM
I don't disagree that OC has good spots, just going to Tyler's argument of traveling for food spending more on gas to get there.  I sometimes feel it's well worth the travels and often times better than anything I can find in OC. 

Good food is trickling into Irvine,  but I find myself going to Costa Mesa, Newport, Orange, etc etc for the better selection of food in OC.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: SoCal on October 24, 2013, 01:54:53 PM
I like the smaller local joints.  I travel too much to force myself to eat chain restaurant food when i don't have to.  And yes - when you travel to some places, the only late night options are Applebees, iHop, Denny's or Chili's.


I love Denny's. What's not to like about a place that serves breakfast all day. :-)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on October 24, 2013, 02:50:51 PM
I don't disagree that OC has good spots, just going to Tyler's argument of traveling for food spending more on gas to get there.  I sometimes feel it's well worth the travels and often times better than anything I can find in OC. 

Good food is trickling into Irvine,  but I find myself going to Costa Mesa, Newport, Orange, etc etc for the better selection of food in OC.

Sure but that's really no different than if you live in LA...in fact it's more of a pain in LA to travel across town to get to a restaurant.   At least accessibility is much better in OC than LA.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: broda on October 24, 2013, 04:35:03 PM
I'd say OC is as bad as LA given the time of day.  Have you tried to go up the 5 or 405 at 5:00PM?  Took me 1.5 hours once to get to Anaheim from Irvine.  Getting to Fountain Valley was a pain too.  LA during non peak ours yes would be more crowded than OC but I wouldn't say it's difficult to get across. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on October 24, 2013, 04:47:08 PM
I'd say OC is as bad as LA given the time of day.  Have you tried to go up the 5 or 405 at 5:00PM?  Took me 1.5 hours once to get to Anaheim from Irvine.  Getting to Fountain Valley was a pain too.  LA during non peak ours yes would be more crowded than OC but I wouldn't say it's difficult to get across.

Yes...traffic is bad everywhere during rush hour.  However, I generally don't go out to eat around that time.  On weekends, it's a breeze to get around OC.  LA on the other hand has terrible freeway coverage...a lot of places are nowhere near a freeway.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: broda on October 25, 2013, 12:14:33 PM
I like the smaller local joints.  I travel too much to force myself to eat chain restaurant food when i don't have to.  And yes - when you travel to some places, the only late night options are Applebees, iHop, Denny's or Chili's.


I love Denny's. What's not to like about a place that serves breakfast all day. :-)

They serve beers now too...who needs to go to a bar.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: broda on October 25, 2013, 12:22:52 PM
I'd say OC is as bad as LA given the time of day.  Have you tried to go up the 5 or 405 at 5:00PM?  Took me 1.5 hours once to get to Anaheim from Irvine.  Getting to Fountain Valley was a pain too.  LA during non peak ours yes would be more crowded than OC but I wouldn't say it's difficult to get across.

During rush hr (going down sepulveda), it used to take about 45 min for me to go 5 miles on the westside - from the gym at 20th and ocean park in santa monica to my place on Sunset (adjacent to the getty). 
We don't want to talk about the 30 min wait to get a parking spot at Trader Joes... >:(

I'll give my OC horror story.  I was trying to get from the Spectrum to Main and Jamboree to meet someone for dinner.  There were accidents on both the 405 and 5 and everyone and their mother tried to take local streets.  No matter which way I went it was jam packed.  Took me 1:15 to get across Irvine. 

With the population density growing, this nightmare might be more common than not.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: whatever on October 25, 2013, 12:58:54 PM
Stop complaining.  This is called progress.  It could be worse.  There could be some kind of workable public transportation system that would allow the riff-raff to traverse freely through your perfectly pristine planned community.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: paperboyNC on October 25, 2013, 01:25:30 PM
Stop complaining.  This is called progress.  It could be worse.  There could be some kind of workable public transportation system that would allow the riff-raff to traverse freely through your perfectly pristine planned community.


I hope you're meaning that in a sarcastic way.  :-X


It is a fallacy that mass transit increases crime along the route.  It actually increases property values in areas near (not next to) transit stations - because people value convenience in the commuting options.  Look at the property values in Pleasanton vs. Livermore (one has BART, one does not) or Clarendon vs. Reston (at the present, the Metro extension to Dulles is not complete).  For heavy rail, you could compare the values of Evanston or Naperville, IL to any of the suburbs further away from the commuter rail stations.


NIMBY folks always trot out that tired argument (e.g., folks in Marin county, San Mateo County, Beverly Hills, Tyson's corner) because they don't want the alignment near them.  Its the same reason that people try to make BS demands like a subway vs. cut and cover or elevated alignments.


You don't see folks in Oakland or Richmond getting on BART to rob people in Orinda or Walnut Creek.  You also don't see folks from the high crime areas from across the Anacostia in DC getting on the Metro to rob folks in Tyson's Corner.  Nor in LA will you see folks from stations in downtown get on LA Metro to rob folks in Culver City.  Likewise, folks are not jumping on the subway in the Bronx to start trouble in midtown Manhattan.
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A little ironic isn't it that people prefer to murder and steal close to home?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: whatever on October 25, 2013, 02:28:19 PM
A little ironic isn't it that people prefer to murder and steal close to home?

That was one of the things I never understood about the LA riots.  Why did the looters go to K-town when they could have gone to Beverly Hills?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: broda on October 25, 2013, 02:34:05 PM
A little ironic isn't it that people prefer to murder and steal close to home?

That was one of the things I never understood about the LA riots.  Why did the looters go to K-town when they could have gone to Beverly Hills?

do you know how many bus stops that is?  Just go down the street so you can walk that TV home.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on October 25, 2013, 03:04:02 PM
A little ironic isn't it that people prefer to murder and steal close to home?

That was one of the things I never understood about the LA riots.  Why did the looters go to K-town when they could have gone to Beverly Hills?

There is a racial component to that...Koreans and African Americans did not (and probably still don't) get along.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: paperboyNC on October 28, 2013, 10:15:19 AM
A little ironic isn't it that people prefer to murder and steal close to home?

That was one of the things I never understood about the LA riots.  Why did the looters go to K-town when they could have gone to Beverly Hills?

Beverly hills has a lot of fences / gates / private security?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Vinster on October 28, 2013, 12:35:02 PM
Stop complaining.  This is called progress.  It could be worse.  There could be some kind of workable public transportation system that would allow the riff-raff to traverse freely through your perfectly pristine planned community.

Remember the Centerline project, a proposed light rail system from Fullerton to Irvine through Santa Ana?

It got shot down partly due to Irvine opposition.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on November 03, 2013, 04:14:38 PM
KB home design center coming soon in 2014 to Orchard Hills shopping center next to Zovs.  Nooooooooooo!  Anyone but KrapBuild!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on November 03, 2013, 04:41:21 PM
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Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on November 04, 2013, 09:31:31 AM
In the OH thread, looks like there will be big sized detached homes on motorcourts, isn't that like their Garden Hill homes in PS?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on November 04, 2013, 09:37:15 AM
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Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on November 04, 2013, 09:38:26 AM
I meant to post this earlier but Seattle's Best Coffee in Heritage Plaze (Culver/Walnut) closed.

Too many people going to Bruxie's instead.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: iacrenter on November 06, 2013, 10:38:25 AM
I meant to post this earlier but Seattle's Best Coffee in Heritage Plaze (Culver/Walnut) closed.

Too many people going to Bruxie's instead.

I won't be shedding a tear for Seattle's Best. Peet's or Kean Coffee are my go to spots.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on November 14, 2013, 08:16:46 AM
http://www.yelp.com/biz/miyabi-shabu-shabu-and-grill-irvine

Miyabi opened for about a month now at the old Sushilicious spot.  I would pass this place up and head on over to Mokkoji instead.  Wish I did, had a case of bad food poisoning that night after dinner (about 90% sure it was the seafood at Miyabi).  And yes I triple boiled everything (but then the waiter did add soup stock without asking me and brought the temp down...hmmmm).  Never again.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: aquabliss on November 14, 2013, 08:20:03 AM
Boiling Point FTW
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on November 14, 2013, 08:32:44 AM
http://www.yelp.com/biz/miyabi-shabu-shabu-and-grill-irvine

Miyabi opened for about a month now at the old Sushilicious spot.  I would pass this place up and head on over to Mokkoji instead.  Wish I did, had a case of bad food poisoning that night after dinner (about 90% sure it was the seafood at Miyabi).  And yes I triple boiled everything (but then the waiter did add soup stock without asking me and brought the temp down...hmmmm).  Never again.
Maybe you should stop eating all that weird seafood.

Cronuts never give me a stomach ache. :)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on November 14, 2013, 09:22:54 AM
http://www.yelp.com/biz/miyabi-shabu-shabu-and-grill-irvine

Miyabi opened for about a month now at the old Sushilicious spot.  I would pass this place up and head on over to Mokkoji instead.  Wish I did, had a case of bad food poisoning that night after dinner (about 90% sure it was the seafood at Miyabi).  And yes I triple boiled everything (but then the waiter did add soup stock without asking me and brought the temp down...hmmmm).  Never again.
Maybe you should stop eating all that weird seafood.

Cronuts never give me a stomach ache. :)

Nothing makes you lose pounds like the food poisoning diet.  I replenished next day with a McRib.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: GH on November 14, 2013, 09:36:16 AM
http://www.yelp.com/biz/miyabi-shabu-shabu-and-grill-irvine

Miyabi opened for about a month now at the old Sushilicious spot.  I would pass this place up and head on over to Mokkoji instead.  Wish I did, had a case of bad food poisoning that night after dinner (about 90% sure it was the seafood at Miyabi).  And yes I triple boiled everything (but then the waiter did add soup stock without asking me and brought the temp down...hmmmm).  Never again.
Maybe you should stop eating all that weird seafood.

Cronuts never give me a stomach ache. :)

Nothing makes you lose pounds like the food poisoning diet.  I replenished next day with a McRib.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/12/frozen-mcrib_n_4260461.html
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on November 14, 2013, 10:42:40 AM
Capriottis sandwiches is opening up next to Gburger at the marketplace.

there will be a new subway and flame broiler on newport/edinger in Tustin next to the new hotels, supposed to open this month
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Homer_Simpson on November 14, 2013, 10:46:55 AM
Capriottis sandwiches is opening up next to Gburger at the marketplace.

there will be a new subway and flame broiler on newport/edinger in Tustin next to the new hotels, supposed to open this month

Those hotels look so out of place... lol
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on November 14, 2013, 10:51:03 AM
Capriottis sandwiches is opening up next to Gburger at the marketplace.

there will be a new subway and flame broiler on newport/edinger in Tustin next to the new hotels, supposed to open this month

Those hotels look so out of place... lol

agree kind of random. but that starbucks drive thru is always full in the morning. hopefully the flaimebroiler can stay in business. im guessing they wont be getting many dinner visitors there (other than me).
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on November 14, 2013, 10:51:15 AM
Capriottis sandwiches is opening up next to Gburger at the marketplace.
Does that mean they will be closing the one at The District or are they trying to Subway/Jersey Mike the area?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on November 14, 2013, 10:52:29 AM
Capriottis sandwiches is opening up next to Gburger at the marketplace.

there will be a new subway and flame broiler on newport/edinger in Tustin next to the new hotels, supposed to open this month

Slight aside...not a big fan of Flame Broilers.  I like the concept but it's pretty expensive and like 90% rice.  Why are there so few Yoshinoyas in OC????!!!!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on November 14, 2013, 10:54:55 AM
Why are there so few Yoshinoyas in OC????!!!!
Preach it.

I actually don't think there are any south of the one in Tustin.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on November 14, 2013, 10:58:58 AM
Capriottis sandwiches is opening up next to Gburger at the marketplace.

there will be a new subway and flame broiler on newport/edinger in Tustin next to the new hotels, supposed to open this month

Slight aside...not a big fan of Flame Broilers.  I like the concept but it's pretty expensive and like 90% rice. 

yeah that is why i always ask for extra meat. wait, thats what she said.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: SoCal on November 14, 2013, 11:05:25 AM
I LOVE Flame Broiler!! I like my meat to taste like it died in a fire. One of my faves. I go a few times per month.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on November 14, 2013, 11:07:26 AM
I LOVE Flame Broiler!! I like my meat to taste like it died in a fire. One of my faves. I go a few times per month.

Mmm...sounds appetizing.  I don't really have a problem with it per se but at like $6 a bowl...it's pretty expensive. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on November 14, 2013, 11:29:35 AM
Why are there so few Yoshinoyas in OC? ??? !!!!
Preach it.

I actually don't think there are any south of the one in Tustin.


Negative, there is one on Lake Forest & Irvine Center drive (right next to Dominos pizza). 
Is that new? Doesn't show up on their website.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on November 14, 2013, 11:47:27 AM
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Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: FranchisePlr on November 14, 2013, 12:14:07 PM
I LOVE Flame Broiler!! I like my meat to taste like it died in a fire. One of my faves. I go a few times per month.


Really?


Once it is cooked to that degree, there's no telling what kind of quality the meat is.  Which is why a high end steakhouse will refuse to cook a steak "well done".  I've actually seen the chef come out to talk people out of that with the justification that you are paying top dollar for the finer cut of meat, but you cannot experience the quality when its burned beyond recognition.





that's why if you're pregnant, the only "steak" you can eat are the burgers at Mick's Karma Bar since they use fresh ground sirloin.  One of their burgers and a strawberry basil lemonade would really hit the spot right now.

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Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on November 14, 2013, 01:40:39 PM
Why are there so few Yoshinoyas in OC? ??? !!!!
Preach it.

I actually don't think there are any south of the one in Tustin.


Negative, there is one on Lake Forest & Irvine Center drive (right next to Dominos pizza). 
Is that new? Doesn't show up on their website.


It exists, it is next to Dominos.  Get in your hoopty and get over there to see for yourself.  Google didn't have a street view for there, so you will have to see the old fashioned way.
Really?  A Yoshinoya Beef Bowl? Why doesn't it come up on any maps or directories online? Did it just open?

I think I've seen that center on Lake Forest and IVC but I would remember if there was a Beef Bowl there.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on November 14, 2013, 01:57:08 PM
Why are there so few Yoshinoyas in OC? ??? !!!!
Preach it.

I actually don't think there are any south of the one in Tustin.


Negative, there is one on Lake Forest & Irvine Center drive (right next to Dominos pizza). 
Is that new? Doesn't show up on their website.


It exists, it is next to Dominos.  Get in your hoopty and get over there to see for yourself.  Google didn't have a street view for there, so you will have to see the old fashioned way.
Really?  A Yoshinoya Beef Bowl? Why doesn't it come up on any maps or directories online? Did it just open?

I think I've seen that center on Lake Forest and IVC but I would remember if there was a Beef Bowl there.

According to Google...it's a Flame Broiler.

https://plus.google.com/117111865016531282710/about?gl=us&hl=en

Also Yelp:  http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-flame-broiler-laguna-hills-2
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on November 14, 2013, 05:48:36 PM
Bruxie in Costa Mesa 11/19:


http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforkinit/2013/11/bruxie_costa_mesa_opens_nov_19.php





thats right on the way to Suzie cakes on 17th/Irvine.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on November 14, 2013, 09:42:11 PM
So I guess my Yoshidar wasn't malfunctioning.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on November 20, 2013, 07:17:32 PM
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Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Homer_Simpson on November 21, 2013, 09:31:22 AM
You can get yoshinoya beef with onion in the frozen section at mitsuwa. I'm sure it's just as not tasty as the real thing :)

Also, necktar is opening in orchard hills in 2014 and Leport is expanding (no shock there) in the same plaza.

I thought the Nektar was open already for some reason... hmm.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Homer_Simpson on November 21, 2013, 09:38:30 AM
don't hang out on this side of the tracks much anymore do you?

Nope.  Do miss some of the nice things in Irvine though... But it's nice having a little distance between neighbors  :D
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on November 21, 2013, 09:38:58 AM
You can get yoshinoya beef with onion in the frozen section at mitsuwa. I'm sure it's just as not tasty as the real thing :)

Also, necktar is opening in orchard hills in 2014 and Leport is expanding (no shock there) in the same plaza.

I am amazed at the prices that Leport charges...I get it's Irvine but the LePort in OH is in a terrible location...right next the major streets.  Nothing better than my kid playing outside next to car exhaust.

I noticed the Montessori in Woodbury and Northwood are both actively seeking students.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on November 21, 2013, 09:45:35 AM
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Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on November 21, 2013, 09:46:46 AM
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Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on November 21, 2013, 09:47:13 AM
Nothing better than my kid playing outside next to car exhaust.



Don't worry IC, it will make your kid stronger and then he can go to china and eat food off the ground and not get sick.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: GH on November 21, 2013, 10:05:23 AM

I noticed the Montessori in Woodbury and Northwood are both actively seeking students.


Montessori in Woodbury have slots for new students? We checked out Montessori in Woodbury few weeks after they opened.  They said waitlist is about one year (supposedly around Sept 2014) !!  They said they would have some opening soon in Northwood but we passed (out of the way).   We put our child in the waitlist but never heard back ..
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on November 21, 2013, 10:10:10 AM

I noticed the Montessori in Woodbury and Northwood are both actively seeking students.


Montessori in Woodbury have slots for new students? We checked out Montessori in Woodbury few weeks after they opened.  They said waitlist is about one year (supposedly around Sept 2014) !!  They said they would have some opening soon in Northwood but we passed (out of the way).   We put our child in the waitlist but never heard back ..

I haven't check but I notice signs seeking students.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on November 25, 2013, 11:23:33 AM
Bonefish Grill - tried the place this weekend with the inlaws. Very good burger and fries. Fries are very similar to slaters fries actually.  As far as your standard burger goes (tomato, lettuce, onions, ketchup, etc) goes, this ranks quite high. the meat was very juicy (thats what she said).

Chronic Tacos - finally tried this place on saturday night, had the machaca burrito, also very tasty and juicy.

Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on November 25, 2013, 11:32:26 AM
Only qwerter goes to a seafood joint to try order a burger.

No wonder he doesn't go to KBBQ, no burgers on the menu.

You didn't order the chimichanga at Chronic?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on November 25, 2013, 12:50:35 PM
Only qwerter goes to a seafood joint to try order a burger.

No wonder he doesn't go to KBBQ, no burgers on the menu.

You didn't order the chimichanga at Chronic?

I only went to the seafood joint cause the burger was on the menu, otherwise would have nixed it.  Its like you are in my head, The chimichanga is next on my list to try there.  maybe ill try it out this weekend. Have you tried it? Is it good?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on November 25, 2013, 02:45:13 PM
Well... at least I know there is something for me to eat at Bonefish Grill... not a seafood fan either.

I don't recall having a chimi at Chronic... that place is just okay to me... would rather eat at Jalapenos... something about that wooden spoon that ps9 is afraid of.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on November 25, 2013, 08:29:06 PM
See's Candies opened up a huge concept store in The Marketplace (near Sprouts).

First one with dual display cases.... oooo.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Homer_Simpson on November 26, 2013, 10:56:59 PM
don't hang out on this side of the tracks much anymore do you?

Nope.  Do miss some of the nice things in Irvine though... But it's nice having a little distance between neighbors  :D


There's nice things here?  Compared to where you are now?

More asian food options :)

Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on November 27, 2013, 08:01:15 AM
don't hang out on this side of the tracks much anymore do you?

Nope.  Do miss some of the nice things in Irvine though... But it's nice having a little distance between neighbors  :D


There's nice things here?  Compared to where you are now?

More asian food options :)


But that's the catch-22. More Asian food options equals more Asians. :)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Homer_Simpson on November 27, 2013, 09:44:32 AM
don't hang out on this side of the tracks much anymore do you?

Nope.  Do miss some of the nice things in Irvine though... But it's nice having a little distance between neighbors  :D


There's nice things here?  Compared to where you are now?

More asian food options :)


But that's the catch-22. More Asian food options equals more Asians. :)

That's why I will never move back LOL..
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Homer_Simpson on November 27, 2013, 01:33:44 PM
don't hang out on this side of the tracks much anymore do you?

Nope.  Do miss some of the nice things in Irvine though... But it's nice having a little distance between neighbors  :D


There's nice things here?  Compared to where you are now?

More asian food options :)


meh. not  worth living somewhere for that.  Then you have to live near the folks who frequent those restaurants.

Tis why I left.. Couldn't stand IHO's riff raff.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on November 27, 2013, 01:37:02 PM
If by "riff raff" you mean my good looks... I understand.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Homer_Simpson on November 27, 2013, 01:39:21 PM
If by "riff raff" you mean my good looks... I understand.

You owe me a coke zero...
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: fumbling on December 15, 2013, 10:32:40 AM
looks like assi market, the korean market that replaced steinmart at the woodbridge dollar theater shopping area, is going out of business.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on December 15, 2013, 11:09:22 AM
Luna Grill will be opening up where Chinez and Conroy's used to be in the center on Alton and Culver. Also opening up next to it is Mod Pizza, which is a build your own pizza place like Blaze Pizza and Pieology.

Not sure when they will be open for business.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on December 15, 2013, 12:57:15 PM
I miss Chinez, their chicken lo mein followed by Thifty Black cherry ice cream is a good dinner combo
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on December 23, 2013, 04:08:29 PM
Tasty Garden finally opened, haven't tried it yet, need my chow fun fix

http://www.yelp.com/biz/tasty-garden-irvine-2
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on December 23, 2013, 07:08:16 PM
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Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Coleman on December 23, 2013, 08:14:49 PM
Wow, did you see the prices at Tasty Garden!   :o   

If anyone goes, please let me know if they have refills on the mixed milk drinks (thai tea, milk tea, coffee/milk tea, etc.)

$3.50 for milk tea seems a bit steep.   ???

I am happy to see places from the SGV start to come out here, but the prices are getting a bit high.


Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on December 23, 2013, 09:13:23 PM
Hopefully better than Koko's Cafe.  I could use a hot coke with lemon, black cow, and a greasy pork chop right now.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on December 26, 2013, 10:42:21 PM
Seasons of Japan is open next to Pho So Bad in Westpark Plaza, haven't tried it, might be good for japanese takeout, Gonna try their yakisoba next.  Gaufree will be next to them
I think Seasons of Japan is done. There was a note that said something like The Irvine Company won't let them close so they are just selling bottled drinks.

So weird.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on December 27, 2013, 09:32:21 AM
Seasons of Japan is open next to Pho So Bad in Westpark Plaza, haven't tried it, might be good for japanese takeout, Gonna try their yakisoba next.  Gaufree will be next to them
I think Seasons of Japan is done. There was a note that said something like The Irvine Company won't let them close so they are just selling bottled drinks.

So weird.

that's sad, tried it once and thought it was too salty and never went back.  we always end up at flamebroiler across the way for our chicken bowls.  gaufree is pretty good, good yelps.  I would say on par with Bruxies
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: lnc on December 27, 2013, 09:58:06 AM
Tasty Garden finally opened, haven't tried it yet, need my chow fun fix

http://www.yelp.com/biz/tasty-garden-irvine-2

I've been to Tasty Garden in Monterey Park and they were pretty good.   Glad to know they are opening in Irvine, definitely going there and try it out.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on December 27, 2013, 11:42:10 AM
gaufree is pretty good, good yelps.  I would say on par with Bruxies
Gaufree is decent but not as good as Bruxies or Iron Press. The times I have been there,  only a few others were there so I don't think it's going to well for them.

That center just doesn't seem to do well for eateries... the only one that has been able to last is Jalapenos.
Title: Devilicious Donuts - Closed?
Post by: Yep! on December 27, 2013, 03:36:11 PM
It looks like their locations on Jeffrey/Irvine Center Drive in Irvine AND Mission Viejo have both closed.  Either that or they appear to be taking the month of December off.  Irvine location must have only been opened a few months at most.

Guess that is what happens when you name your business after satan? Probably not the best name, but sounds like there were other issues.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on December 27, 2013, 04:43:31 PM
Lack of fresh donut selection could have been a minor problem
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: woodburyowner on December 29, 2013, 05:59:45 PM
85 degrees opening in Garden Grove. 


http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforkinit/2013/09/85_degrees_garden_grove.php


Hopefully that means folks who go there won't have this sort of line (per OC weekly - the day after christmas):


(http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforkinit/assets_c/2009/12/line85-thumb-400x300.jpg)

It's now open.. lines were crazy for the first few days!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: gaogi on December 30, 2013, 03:41:39 PM
85 degrees opening in Garden Grove. 


http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforkinit/2013/09/85_degrees_garden_grove.php


Hopefully that means folks who go there won't have this sort of line (per OC weekly - the day after christmas):


(http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforkinit/assets_c/2009/12/line85-thumb-400x300.jpg)

It's now open.. lines were crazy for the first few days!

The drive on Brookhurst between Trask and Westminster is worst than the line.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on December 31, 2013, 12:27:08 AM
Might be old news but new to me:

Liang's kitchen has closed maybe a couple months ago.  Surprised, good location with all the new FCB developments near by.  Googling shows up all Liang's kitchen has closed in CA?  Food was ok, but for some reason we never had a craving for their stuff.  Maybe that's why.  Remember the grease...

Orange Tree Square is almost to crazy to go/park on weekends/holidays.  The only Irvine shopping plaza with a true Rowland Heights vibe.  It only needs a underground parking/mugging structure to complete the look.

Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on December 31, 2013, 07:48:45 AM
Might be old news but new to me:

Liang's kitchen has closed maybe a couple months ago.  Surprised, good location with all the new FCB developments near by.  Googling shows up all Liang's kitchen has closed in CA?  Food was ok, but for some reason we never had a craving for their stuff.  Maybe that's why.  Remember the grease...

Orange Tree Square is almost to crazy to go/park on weekends/holidays.  The only Irvine shopping plaza with a true Rowland Heights vibe.  It only needs a underground parking/mugging structure to complete the look.

Agree on Liang's Kitchens.  Some people swear by it but I much rather go to the other restaurants at Orange Tree. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: GH on December 31, 2013, 09:08:45 AM
Might be old news but new to me:

Liang's kitchen has closed maybe a couple months ago.  Surprised, good location with all the new FCB developments near by.  Googling shows up all Liang's kitchen has closed in CA?  Food was ok, but for some reason we never had a craving for their stuff.  Maybe that's why.  Remember the grease...

Orange Tree Square is almost to crazy to go/park on weekends/holidays.  The only Irvine shopping plaza with a true Rowland Heights vibe.  It only needs a underground parking/mugging structure to complete the look.

wow.. I drop by that shopping complex once or twice a week and didn't notice it closed already .. When they opened few years ago, I remember the waiting time to be seated was pretty long.

I totally agree with the parking though on that complex .. its horrible .. I would not dare to go there during lunch/dinner timeframe
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Homer_Simpson on December 31, 2013, 09:19:30 AM
Is 101 noodles and the Tofu King place still around?

I only go to that plaza for Yus Garden.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on December 31, 2013, 09:25:52 AM
Is 101 noodles and the Tofu King place still around?

I only go to that plaza for Yus Garden.

101 is.  We like it for 101, SW, the bakery, and Yu's Garden.

The lady owner at Yu's Garden is scary friendly though.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on December 31, 2013, 09:30:57 AM
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Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on December 31, 2013, 09:35:34 AM
Is 101 noodles and the Tofu King place still around?

I only go to that plaza for Yus Garden.

101 is.  We like it for 101, SW, the bakery, and Yu's Garden.

The lady owner at Yu's Garden is scary friendly though.

Is it the "ni hao" lady? :)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: GH on December 31, 2013, 09:37:05 AM
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101 is.  We like it for 101, SW, the bakery, and Yu's Garden.


SW, bakery and Tapioca Express for boba are staple for us .. Yu's garden if we feel like having congee breakfast as they are the only one open at those times.  We are also starting to like Hometown Deli (I think same owner as Yu's Garden as I see their employee move from one to the other).  And of course the 99 Ranch =)

The Chong Qing Szechuan place is not bad either.

For some reason, I never like the smell of that place when I go in .. it smells of something I can't explain.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on December 31, 2013, 09:41:42 AM
Is 101 noodles and the Tofu King place still around?

I only go to that plaza for Yus Garden.

101 is.  We like it for 101, SW, the bakery, and Yu's Garden.

The lady owner at Yu's Garden is scary friendly though.

Is it the "ni hao" lady? :)

She is like super friendly to the point of being creepy.  Combine that with a little too much makeup...you get clown creepy.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on December 31, 2013, 10:58:08 AM
Is 101 noodles and the Tofu King place still around?

I only go to that plaza for Yus Garden.

101 is.  We like it for 101, SW, the bakery, and Yu's Garden.

The lady owner at Yu's Garden is scary friendly though.

Is it the "ni hao" lady? :)

She is like super friendly to the point of being creepy.  Combine that with a little too much makeup...you get clown creepy.

Not sure if we're talking about the same person, my "ni hao" lady is not the owner, she use to work at Nice Time Deli when it was still around.  She says "ni hao" every 10 seconds while she helps you :)  little odd, but not creepy.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures: Yellowfin
Post by: Yep! on January 03, 2014, 04:48:12 PM
Looks like Oceanic Fish Grill in Woodbury closed last month.  Now has a new owner, new place opened in its place, Yellowfin Fish Grill.

Haven't been yet, but looks like the early reviews are pretty good.

Coupons on Woodbury Offers:
http://www.woodburyoffers.com/p1308wd06/ (http://www.woodburyoffers.com/p1308wd06/)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Vinster on January 03, 2014, 10:57:32 PM
I got gas next to the Burger King on Main Street near Harvard and saw the restaurant had closed. I think it closed around the middle of December.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on January 03, 2014, 11:05:55 PM
I got gas next to the Burger King on Main Street near Harvard and saw the restaurant had closed. I think it closed around the middle of December.
Wow... that was one of the last BK in this area... will it turn into The Habit?

I think there is one more on the border of Irvine and Santa Ana Heights off of Newport.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Coleman on January 04, 2014, 08:52:41 AM
I am always intrigued when I hear about very well established names going down.  I wonder what happened.

I will miss the $1 Rodeo burger. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on January 04, 2014, 11:09:59 AM
I am always intrigued when I hear about very well established names going down.  I wonder what happened.

I will miss the $1 Rodeo burger. 

i had a couple of these the other day from the BK on redhill - pretty good. i tried the big king and that was not good at all, the big mac is much much better.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: broda on January 05, 2014, 12:02:36 AM
Burger King on Jamboree and Irvine Blvd in the Ralph's shopping plaza.  Rodeo burger lives on.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on January 05, 2014, 10:28:20 AM
Burger King on Jamboree and Irvine Blvd in the Ralph's shopping plaza.  Rodeo burger lives on.
Oh yeah.

Makes me wonder if that one will bite the dust soon too though.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on January 06, 2014, 12:59:58 PM
I got gas next to the Burger King on Main Street near Harvard and saw the restaurant had closed. I think it closed around the middle of December.
Wow... that was one of the last BK in this area... will it turn into The Habit?

I think there is one more on the border of Irvine and Santa Ana Heights off of Newport.
Where's one by me off Jamboree and Irvine Blvd and I think there's one by the court off Jamboree and Birch.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures: Yellowfin
Post by: GH on January 06, 2014, 01:39:59 PM
Looks like Oceanic Fish Grill in Woodbury closed last month.  Now has a new owner, new place opened in its place, Yellowfin Fish Grill.

Haven't been yet, but looks like the early reviews are pretty good.

Coupons on Woodbury Offers:
http://www.woodburyoffers.com/p1308wd06/ (http://www.woodburyoffers.com/p1308wd06/)

Not surprised.  Food was below par compared to California Fish Grill and portion size seems smaller and not cheaper.  I dropped by the new YellowFin Fish Grill and looks like they just changed the name and part of the menu but everything else looks the same.  I ask for a take out menu to look at home and they referred me to the board and said they have no printed menu yet that I can take home .. really ??? how difficult is it to have a take out menu ready before you start doing business ? 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures: Yellowfin
Post by: Irvinecommuter on January 06, 2014, 04:14:22 PM
Looks like Oceanic Fish Grill in Woodbury closed last month.  Now has a new owner, new place opened in its place, Yellowfin Fish Grill.

Haven't been yet, but looks like the early reviews are pretty good.

Coupons on Woodbury Offers:
http://www.woodburyoffers.com/p1308wd06/ (http://www.woodburyoffers.com/p1308wd06/)

Not surprised.  Food was below par compared to California Fish Grill and portion size seems smaller and not cheaper.  I dropped by the new YellowFin Fish Grill and looks like they just changed the name and part of the menu but everything else looks the same.  I ask for a take out menu to look at home and they referred me to the board and said they have no printed menu yet that I can take home .. really ??? how difficult is it to have a take out menu ready before you start doing business ?

I am totally over fish grills.  There are a few good ones but it's pretty much a sit down restaurant (i.e. no take outs).  Prices are pretty expensive as well.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: furioussugar on January 07, 2014, 12:54:55 PM
Saw that Golden Spoon closed in the Trader Joe's shopping center on Culver.  Now the days of a foot massage and frozen yogurt outing are dashed ;)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on January 07, 2014, 01:07:29 PM
Saw that Golden Spoon closed in the Trader Joe's shopping center on Culver.  Now the days of a foot massage and frozen yogurt outing are dashed ;)

At least Golden Spoon Froyo...which is really overpriced to begin with.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on January 07, 2014, 01:36:42 PM
Saw that Golden Spoon closed in the Trader Joe's shopping center on Culver.  Now the days of a foot massage and frozen yogurt outing are dashed ;)
There was an article about that in the paper. They tried to convert to the self-serve format like Yogurtland but using a price per size charge rather than price per weight, it didn't go over well and they switched back to full-serve but it was too late.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Homer_Simpson on January 07, 2014, 02:04:21 PM
Saw that Golden Spoon closed in the Trader Joe's shopping center on Culver.  Now the days of a foot massage and frozen yogurt outing are dashed ;)
There was an article about that in the paper. They tried to convert to the self-serve format like Yogurtland but using a price per size charge rather than price per weight, it didn't go over well and they switched back to full-serve but it was too late.

All the Golden Spoons are shutting down one by one.  I use to work at the one in Costa Mesa, the owners were super cool!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on January 07, 2014, 02:24:14 PM
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Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on January 07, 2014, 02:35:48 PM
Never been to a golden spoon before. I always think of them as dirty - probably inaccurate. I do however like yogurt land and tutti frutti but I'm that customer that ends up buying $1.65 of yogurt so I'm not contributing much to their bottom line.

funny you mention that. i used to go the the golden spoon by trader joes before it switched to full serve, then i went once and it was full serve and asked the cashier why they switched. she said that people were complaining that it was too dirty so to keep things cleaner they switched to full service and kept the customers behind the rope.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Homer_Simpson on January 07, 2014, 02:36:01 PM
Never been to a golden spoon before. I always think of them as dirty - probably inaccurate. I do however like yogurt land and tutti frutti but I'm that customer that ends up buying $1.65 of yogurt so I'm not contributing much to their bottom line.

$1.65 of yogurt?? That's the price of sample cups lol...
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on January 07, 2014, 02:43:03 PM
I miss Red Mango, yogurtland is ok, I just get the plain tart and skip the sneezed on/fingered topping station.  If you ever watch a little kid scoop toppings you would never want to eat there again.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on January 07, 2014, 02:47:56 PM
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Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on January 07, 2014, 02:48:43 PM
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Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Homer_Simpson on January 07, 2014, 02:51:07 PM
Never been to a golden spoon before. I always think of them as dirty - probably inaccurate. I do however like yogurt land and tutti frutti but I'm that customer that ends up buying $1.65 of yogurt so I'm not contributing much to their bottom line.

$1.65 of yogurt?? That's the price of sample cups lol...

Haven't u seen the picture qwerty put up of me. $1.65 gets you that bod ;)

quick, someone link me!!!

I picture bones looking like Amy Chua for some reason...
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: GH on January 07, 2014, 02:56:11 PM
I miss Red Mango, yogurtland is ok, I just get the plain tart and skip the sneezed on/fingered topping station.  If you ever watch a little kid scoop toppings you would never want to eat there again.

Tutti frutti in Woodbury is ok. They have some toppings in those pourable canisters. Less germy.

I don't think that Tutti Frutti would last long .. It almost always empty even on a warm/sunny  weekend ..
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on January 07, 2014, 03:06:31 PM
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Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Homer_Simpson on January 07, 2014, 03:07:44 PM
I miss Red Mango, yogurtland is ok, I just get the plain tart and skip the sneezed on/fingered topping station.  If you ever watch a little kid scoop toppings you would never want to eat there again.

Tutti frutti in Woodbury is ok. They have some toppings in those pourable canisters. Less germy.

I don't think that Tutti Frutti would last long .. It almost always empty even on a warm/sunny  weekend ..

It looks like it's owned by a Chinese couple. So it could be a front for something. Total speculation of course :)

Probably a mah jong parlor in the back.  That or they hold the kumate.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on January 07, 2014, 03:10:03 PM
quick, someone link me!!!

I picture bones looking like Amy Chua for some reason...

its this, with asian eyes.
(http://cdn.vogue.com.au//media/articles/2/7/1/0/27110-1_l.jpg?172549)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on January 07, 2014, 03:10:19 PM
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Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on January 07, 2014, 03:11:52 PM
quick, someone link me!!!

I picture bones looking like Amy Chua for some reason...

its this, with asian eyes.


You forgot to add: more yellow-y.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on January 07, 2014, 03:49:05 PM
What kind of mahjong do you play? I find the game differs depending on race etc.

I assume most people here play it like the match a tile game. :)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on January 07, 2014, 03:54:51 PM
I miss Red Mango, yogurtland is ok, I just get the plain tart and skip the sneezed on/fingered topping station.  If you ever watch a little kid scoop toppings you would never want to eat there again.

Tutti frutti in Woodbury is ok. They have some toppings in those pourable canisters. Less germy.

I don't think that Tutti Frutti would last long .. It almost always empty even on a warm/sunny  weekend ..

It looks like it's owned by a Chinese couple. So it could be a front for something. Total speculation of course :)

I like that Tutti Frutti and the owners seem nice.  They man the store themselves which gets my respect. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Coleman on January 07, 2014, 06:48:15 PM
The photo that was posted is definitely not Bones.  The girl in the photo would definitely wear Lululemon!   :)

Speaking of Amy Chua - looks like she has a new book coauthored with her husband about why certain ethnic/cultural groups do better than others.  I still need to read her first book.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on January 08, 2014, 09:31:01 AM
The photo that was posted is definitely not Bones.  The girl in the photo would definitely wear Lululemon!   :)

Speaking of Amy Chua - looks like she has a new book coauthored with her husband about why certain ethnic/cultural groups do better than others.  I still need to read her first book.

Haven't read the book but it seems like a high hurdle to prove

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In “The Triple Package,” Chua and her husband, co-author Jed Rubenfeld, gather some specious stats and anecdotal evidence to argue that some groups are just superior to others and everyone else is contributing to the downfall of America.
Unsurprisingly, the Chinese Chua and the Jewish Rubenfeld belong to two of the eight groups they deem exceptional. In no seeming order of importance, they are:
Jewish
Indian
Chinese
Iranian
Lebanese-Americans
Nigerians
Cuban exiles
Mormons

These groups — “cultural,” mind you, never “ethnic” or “racial” or “religious” — all possess, in the authors’ estimation, three qualities that they’ve identified as guarantors of wealth and power: superiority, insecurity and impulse control.

http://nypost.com/2014/01/04/tiger-mom-some-groups-are-just-better-than-others/
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Coleman on January 08, 2014, 08:20:16 PM
I do enjoy reading Gladwell's books.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on January 08, 2014, 08:55:05 PM
i'm beginning to believe this is qwerty's worst nightmare:

http://gizmodo.com/who-will-dispose-of-your-porn-and-sex-toys-after-you-di-1496542636


the sex toys arent the problem, we keep those in the bedroom.  its funny you mention this though cause sometimes i wonder that if i died in a car accident and my wife saw the porn on the iphone what she would think.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on February 01, 2014, 06:23:28 PM
TK Noodle and Grill
(Coming Soon)
Phone: Not Available
Store Location: Northpark Plaza Suite: 3951

A casual restaurant offering Asian-inspired cuisine.

 :) :) :)

Class 302 Tea Cafe
(Coming Soon) Market Place
Phone: Not Available
Suite: 13252

Taiwanese restaurant and tea house café.

 :) :) :)

Barefoot Bowls
(Coming Soon)
Phone: Not Available
Store Location: Crossroads Suite: 3972L

Offering healthy and delicious Acai bowls and smoothies.

 :o :o :o

Capital Noodle Bar
(Coming Soon)
Phone: Not Available
Store Location: Crossroads Suite:

A Chinese noodle bar featuring thick rice noodles. Noodle dishes are the soul food of Asia - they are comforting, filling, healthful, and best of all, reasonably priced.

 :) :) :)

Pieology Pizzeria
(Coming Soon) Market Place
Phone: Not Available
Suite:

Pieology Pizzeria is known for fresh and customized pizzas that are ready in three minutes or less. For just one price, guests can enjoy unlimited toppings on pizzas.

 :) :) :)

I'm gonna get my noodle on!  Hoping Hoping Hoping "TK Noodle and Grill" is the same branch as "TK Noodle" in San Jose.  There's also the possiblity it's related to "Thuan Kieu Noodle and Grill" in GG, either way I'm gonna get my hu tieu without driving to Trieu Chau. 

Another Class 302?  Hopefully they have bigger sized seats, I need to be comfortable when eating greasy food.

Barefoot bowls???  I thought it was another foot massage place, they'll probably close within 3 months.

Capital Noodle Bar, never heard of them, only yelp hits were in London England.  Crossing fingers.

Pieology is always nice to have near, my kid will like it.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on February 02, 2014, 12:48:02 AM
Looks like they closed the Subway in the Ralphs shopping center off Jamboree and Irvine Blvd very recently, but not like there's a lack of them in the rest of Irvine.  haha
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on February 02, 2014, 08:46:29 AM
Farm Direct off of Michelson and Jeffrey/University finally opened.

It replaced the Ralph's that used to be in that center. I believe one of the execs from the closed Assi market in the Woodbridge center is not at Farm Direct.

It's supposed to be like a Sprouts-type grocery. Ironically, it looks empty like Assi.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on March 10, 2014, 09:57:15 PM
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Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: jmoney74 on March 10, 2014, 10:06:00 PM
They are also opening restaurants. Not sure if there but there will be pho and two other middle line type places to eat.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on March 10, 2014, 10:42:03 PM
The Lime Truck is opening Cafe TLT in one of those buildings and there will be two grill type places.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on March 11, 2014, 06:15:41 AM
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Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Homer_Simpson on March 11, 2014, 10:34:02 AM
I thought Pho Saigon Pearl was going there too.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: jmoney74 on March 11, 2014, 10:47:44 AM
I thought Pho Saigon Pearl was going there too.

Yup Pho Saigon Pearl!  OC's first $10 bowl of Pho.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on March 11, 2014, 11:07:43 AM
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Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Homer_Simpson on March 11, 2014, 03:54:23 PM
I thought Pho Saigon Pearl was going there too.

Yup Pho Saigon Pearl!  OC's first $10 bowl of Pho.

I only go there for the bun cha gio...
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: furioussugar on March 21, 2014, 01:10:37 PM
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Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on April 03, 2014, 10:23:32 AM
Looks like Koko's cafe has closed, in its place you'll find Li's Kite (???).  One review on yelp, looks like northern Chinese/Korean food? 

http://www.yelp.com/biz/lis-kite-irvine
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: paperboyNC on April 03, 2014, 02:12:46 PM
Both Office Depot and Ace Hardware are closing in the Oak Creek center.  Rumor is "something big" is taking both spots...... any one know who?

Office Depot just opened near Wal-Mart & Costco at the Alton Marketplace.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Logik on April 03, 2014, 02:22:56 PM
Anyone know of new shopping centers that might open near Pavilion Park? 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: paperboyNC on April 03, 2014, 03:55:51 PM
Anyone know of new shopping centers that might open near Pavilion Park?

Portola Springs Retail center was cancelled. Anything else is quite a ways out.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on April 03, 2014, 04:15:18 PM
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Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on April 03, 2014, 04:17:26 PM
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Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on April 21, 2014, 07:12:59 AM
Some upcoming eateries:

Burntzilla:  fried chicken and fried cheese?
http://www.shopneighborhoodcenters.com/Search/Walnut_Village_Center/BURNTZILLA_Modern_Eats.aspx

Eureka!:  yeah beer
http://www.shopneighborhoodcenters.com/Search/University_Center/Eureka!_.aspx

Popcorn Chicken:  yeah more fried stuff
http://www.shopneighborhoodcenters.com/Search/Culver_Plaza_Shopping_Center/Popcorn_Chicken.aspx

Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on April 21, 2014, 07:16:50 AM
More on Burntzilla, I guess a mashup of Burnt truck and dogzilla

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforkinit/2014/04/the_burnt_truck_dogzilla_to_op.php
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on April 21, 2014, 10:45:35 AM
More on Burntzilla, I guess a mashup of Burnt truck and dogzilla

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforkinit/2014/04/the_burnt_truck_dogzilla_to_op.php

this is great. burnt truck is probably my favorite truck followed by kogi, a close second.  always wanted to try dogzilla but never got around to it.  i think this will do well.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on April 21, 2014, 11:12:06 AM
I also like the guys behind Burnt Truck (talked to them at an event once), and since I guess they are buddies (looks like they even play ball together), it makes sense to co-own a brick&mortar place.

I will definitely try this place out, the fried chicken sliders (with mash and gravy) are awesome.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on April 24, 2014, 05:15:53 PM
CPK in Park Place off of Michelson will close June 15.

They couldn't negotiated their lease renewal but our looking for a space nearby to move to.

Hard to spend $13+ on a pizza there when you can get better quality at Blaze for less than $8.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on April 24, 2014, 06:07:10 PM
Chuck e cheese?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: aquabliss on April 24, 2014, 08:30:00 PM
More on Burntzilla, I guess a mashup of Burnt truck and dogzilla

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforkinit/2014/04/the_burnt_truck_dogzilla_to_op.php

That parking lot is already crazy and hard to find a spot when eating at Curry House.  This is going to make it a bit moreso.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on May 03, 2014, 06:02:40 PM
Red Brick Pizza in the Quail Hill Shopping center has closed. I think that was the last one in the Irvine/Tustin area.

Sad, we liked the people who worked there and this was one of the closest places for gelato.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on May 04, 2014, 10:36:25 PM
Red Brick Pizza in the Quail Hill Shopping center has closed. I think that was the last one in the Irvine/Tustin area.

Sad, we liked the people who worked there and this was one of the closest places for gelato.
Oh man, I ordered a pizza over there 2 weeks ago.  That sucks!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: iacrenter on May 05, 2014, 09:50:16 AM
Red Brick Pizza in the Quail Hill Shopping center has closed. I think that was the last one in the Irvine/Tustin area.

Sad, we liked the people who worked there and this was one of the closest places for gelato.

Oh man, I ordered a pizza over there 2 weeks ago.  That sucks!

RIP Red Brick. My whole family enjoyed their pizzas. I guess it is time to move on to Pieology. It will be much closer to where I live once they open the Marketplace location.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on May 05, 2014, 10:01:01 AM
I think Red Brick should have adopted the Blaze/Pieology/MOD style to stay competitive.

They did try to branch out and do pastas at one time but that didn't work out.

The crust at Pieology is too salty for me... I like the Blaze and Red Brick crust better.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: iacrenter on May 05, 2014, 10:07:24 AM
Never tried Blaze. I'll head over to UCI and check it out.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: pookgai on May 07, 2014, 08:04:39 PM
Orchard Supply Hardware taking over the spaces formerly occupied by Office Depot/Ace Hardware in the Oak Creek Center.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on May 07, 2014, 08:39:20 PM
Welcome to TI, 仆街
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: SoCal on May 07, 2014, 08:50:30 PM
With regard to Blaze/Pieology/MOD style -- I still don't get this concept at all. I walked into Pie Project at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas a few weeks ago and tried to order a slice of pizza, not realizing it's a "let's re-invent the wheel" type of place. They don't sell pizza by the slice. Makes no sense to me. I didn't want a giant, foot-wide pizza, did an about-face and walked out. Pie Project is owned by the creator of the other two, Pieology and MOD. Simple, normal things in life, like getting a slice of pizza, shouldn't be aggravating for a customer. After all, if they can make a whole pie in 0.2 nanoseconds, then offering something smaller shouldn't be an issue. The whole thing seems like a fad to me.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: furioussugar on May 09, 2014, 01:37:31 PM
NY upper crust offers a range of "by the slice" pizzas
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on May 09, 2014, 02:19:16 PM
Speaking of pizza... the "original" Z-Pizza off of Alton and Jeffrey has closed.

At first, the sign said they were remodeling but now there is a For Lease sign on the glass.

It's too bad, I like their pizza, I wonder if their location in Laguna Beach is still open.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on May 12, 2014, 10:01:07 AM
With regard to Blaze/Pieology/MOD style -- I still don't get this concept at all. I walked into Pie Project at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas a few weeks ago and tried to order a slice of pizza, not realizing it's a "let's re-invent the wheel" type of place. They don't sell pizza by the slice. Makes no sense to me. I didn't want a giant, foot-wide pizza, did an about-face and walked out. Pie Project is owned by the creator of the other two, Pieology and MOD. Simple, normal things in life, like getting a slice of pizza, shouldn't be aggravating for a customer. After all, if they can make a whole pie in 0.2 nanoseconds, then offering something smaller shouldn't be an issue. The whole thing seems like a fad to me.

It's a pretty big pizza with whatever topping you like for like $7.50.  It's not supposed to replace the "slice of pizza" concept, it's suppose to be a place you can go get a decent pizza for lunch without paying too much.  It's basically like Chipotle for pizza...you can still go somewhere to get yourself a burrito/taco.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Pedego Irvine on May 12, 2014, 05:29:53 PM
Pedego Irvine is open and fun is being had.  We are the ONLY retail space to open in the Woodbridge Village Center in the last year.  Of the many charters we have, one near the top is to save/revitalize the center.  Come help us make that possible; the last thing we need is more apartments.   
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Homer_Simpson on May 13, 2014, 12:01:07 PM
I'll ride over sometime with my elliptigo...
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Pedego Irvine on May 13, 2014, 04:04:19 PM
I'll ride over sometime with my elliptigo...

I've seen exactly one of those in the Woodbridge area; I'm guessing that would have been you. :)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Homer_Simpson on May 13, 2014, 04:16:15 PM
I'll ride over sometime with my elliptigo...

I've seen exactly one of those in the Woodbridge area; I'm guessing that would have been you. :)

Naw I dont live in Irvine. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on May 16, 2014, 09:38:16 AM
TIC finally found a tenant for the old Claim Jumpers restaurant space... LePort Montessori.

I wonder if that means they will close the one in Woodbridge.

Also, El Cholo will be closing in a month or so, they are trying to move to CDM.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on May 16, 2014, 12:38:10 PM
TIC finally found a tenant for the old Claim Jumpers restaurant space... LePort Montessori.

I wonder if that means they will close the one in Woodbridge.

Also, El Cholo will be closing in a month or so, they are trying to move to CDM.

Nooooo!  My habanero salsa!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on May 20, 2014, 01:09:08 AM
Looks like Opah closed recently (Tustin Marketplace). 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: aquabliss on June 04, 2014, 01:37:20 PM
Elephant Bar (Culver and Walnut) is closing in a couple of weeks.  Not too sad about it but I did enjoy their mud pie and they had pretty good coupons recently for 2 for $20 deals...

http://elephantbar.myguestaccount.com/static/m68/cet4907/view.htm
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: paperboyNC on June 04, 2014, 02:11:26 PM
I heard Babies R Us in Foothill Ranch is closing?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: aquabliss on June 04, 2014, 03:18:53 PM
I heard Babies R Us in Foothill Ranch is closing?

Really?  So sad, it's close to my office and I love going there because it's usually quite empty. 

Hopefully the leasing company can cut them a deal to stay, they have some empty buildings in those centers already.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on June 04, 2014, 03:35:18 PM
Elephant Bar (Culver and Walnut) is closing in a couple of weeks.
I wonder what will take its place.

CPK off of Michelson closing got pushed back to August.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on June 04, 2014, 03:46:26 PM
Not a bad location, plenty of street views from Culver, we already got all three banks in the center, maybe another greasy spoon?  I could use a good taco place.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on June 04, 2014, 04:56:25 PM
New Korean coffee shop where Seattle's Best was.

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforkinit/2014/06/caffe_bene_south_korean_coffee_chain_to_open_in_irvine.php

Went past Coffee Byul recently...I don't think the place is going to last.  Price point way too high for that location.

Conversely, the new Boba Time at the District is quite good.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: SoCal on June 05, 2014, 12:04:29 PM
Too bad about Elephant Bar. I've been wanting to eat there for over 6 years. Seriously, I've been meaning to stop by that location for that long. There was just never a good time! I'd still like to go to any other Elephant Bar one day. Their menu looks really good. I wonder if it's as amazing as it looks.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: SoCal on June 05, 2014, 12:05:23 PM
I heard Babies R Us in Foothill Ranch is closing?

I love going there because it's usually quite empty. 


Maybe that's why they're closing.  ;)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: paperboyNC on June 09, 2014, 12:51:40 PM
Taverna Blu (Greek Restaurant at the Irvine Spectrum) is closed. Notice on the building was a petition for ownership change so maybe someone else assumed the lease?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on June 09, 2014, 01:06:28 PM
Taverna Blu (Greek Restaurant at the Irvine Spectrum) is closed. Notice on the building was a petition for ownership change so maybe someone else assumed the lease?

Really?  It didn't open that long ago.  An ownership change could just mean that the owner is changing...the restaurant may still be around.

It got decent reviews on Yelp:  http://www.yelp.com/biz/taverna-blu-irvine
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: 0$ on June 09, 2014, 01:11:05 PM
:P
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: paperboyNC on June 09, 2014, 01:11:50 PM
Taverna Blu (Greek Restaurant at the Irvine Spectrum) is closed. Notice on the building was a petition for ownership change so maybe someone else assumed the lease?

Really?  It didn't open that long ago.  An ownership change could just mean that the owner is changing...the restaurant may still be around.

It got decent reviews on Yelp:  http://www.yelp.com/biz/taverna-blu-irvine

It's definitely closed. Location is deleted off their website.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on June 09, 2014, 01:59:17 PM
I really don't know how Buffalo Wild Wings around the corner survives.
Because people don't really go there for the food. :)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on June 09, 2014, 02:02:25 PM
I really don't know how Buffalo Wild Wings around the corner survives.
Because people don't really go there for the food. :)

I'd agree with this.  People generally go there for the sports and the alcohol.  Food is a distant third.  I would say though that BJ's seems like a much better alternative than BWW.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: 0$ on June 09, 2014, 02:21:26 PM
 >:(
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on June 09, 2014, 03:29:34 PM
We get wings on Tuesdays, the salt and vinegar wings well done is our favorite. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: paperboyNC on June 10, 2014, 10:55:07 AM
Staples at Woodbury Town Center on Irvine Blvd is closing.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: jmoney74 on June 10, 2014, 11:09:59 AM
Hmmm... not big enough to put a Target in there.. they should put a 24 hour fitness!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on June 10, 2014, 11:25:11 AM
Staples at Woodbury Town Center on Irvine Blvd is closing.

It really made no sense of being there.  Curious what they do with the place...maybe an Asian style market?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: jmoney74 on June 10, 2014, 11:35:48 AM
Staples at Woodbury Town Center on Irvine Blvd is closing.

It really made no sense of being there.  Curious what they do with the place...maybe an Asian style market?

it would probably take out Ralphs if that happend.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on June 10, 2014, 11:50:19 AM
Staples at Woodbury Town Center on Irvine Blvd is closing.

It really made no sense of being there.  Curious what they do with the place...maybe an Asian style market?

it would probably take out Ralphs if that happend.

We lived at Woodbury when that Ralph's opened and I remember going there and it being empty.  They would put their deli food on sale at night because there was no traffic.   It's still somewhat of a mess with mesh-mash signage, random Asian products, and a deli that is way way too big. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on June 10, 2014, 01:03:04 PM
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Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: paperboyNC on June 10, 2014, 01:08:34 PM
it would probably take out Ralphs if that happend.

We lived at Woodbury when that Ralph's opened and I remember going there and it being empty.  They would put their deli food on sale at night because there was no traffic.   It's still somewhat of a mess with mesh-mash signage, random Asian products, and a deli that is way way too big.

Ralphs recently announced three LA area store closings (One in OC off La Paz) and isn't closing this one. I think with the new housing opening up its traffic should be on the upswing.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on June 10, 2014, 01:28:26 PM
it would probably take out Ralphs if that happend.

We lived at Woodbury when that Ralph's opened and I remember going there and it being empty.  They would put their deli food on sale at night because there was no traffic.   It's still somewhat of a mess with mesh-mash signage, random Asian products, and a deli that is way way too big.

Ralphs recently announced three LA area store closings (One in OC off La Paz) and isn't closing this one. I think with the new housing opening up its traffic should be on the upswing.

I think the Trader Joe's in the same location kills business.  We go to the Pavilion at OH  and like it there much better.  That OH shopping center is going to be packed once OH builds out.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Vinster on June 10, 2014, 01:30:42 PM
Staples at Woodbury Town Center on Irvine Blvd is closing.

Good riddance. I had a bad experience with a rude cashier there last month.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: jmoney74 on June 10, 2014, 02:09:12 PM
Staples at Woodbury Town Center on Irvine Blvd is closing.

Good riddance. I had a bad experience with a rude cashier there last month.

lol.. one cashier should make the whole staff suffer?


I enjoy thinking of the possibilities.. then get sad when they open up something worthless.. like how they opened up Stein Mart at the marketplace.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Yep! on June 12, 2014, 03:20:50 PM
Hmmm... not big enough to put a Target in there.. they should put a 24 hour fitness!

Already a LA Fitness in Woodbury Town Center
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on June 12, 2014, 03:26:46 PM
Hmmm... not big enough to put a Target in there.. they should put a 24 hour fitness!

Already a LA Fitness in Woodbury Town Center
Yeah, LA Fitness most likely has a non-compete provision against have another gym in the center in their lease.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Yep! on June 12, 2014, 03:48:49 PM
Does anyone know about that bakery that opened in the old Pei Wei space in Oak Creek?
I went there the other night, it's called PDM Kitchen/Bakery and it's actually Pain Du Monde (like the one in Fashion Island).

They just opened last Thursday and it's a big space. Not sure how they will do in that space since two other restaurants (maybe 3, not sure what was there before Pei Wei) couldn't stay open (although they were open for years).

No cronuts to be found but the one thing I really like at PDM is the Almond Twist.

Looks like PDM kitchen re-branded just their Oak Creek location to "McVean's".  New concept for them, they no longer have breakfast and shying away from the Cafe.  But same owner.  That was fast, not sure how long this one will last.  Still missing Pei Wei -- District location is too crowded/far.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Yep! on June 12, 2014, 04:36:03 PM
Looks like they closed the Subway in the Ralphs shopping center off Jamboree and Irvine Blvd very recently, but not like there's a lack of them in the rest of Irvine.  haha

As you can tell, way behind on the openings and closures thread... catching up.

Couldn't find it already mentioned here, but looks like the Subway in Culver Plaza (Irvine Center Drive and Culver) closed recently.  Not sure who took their place yet.

The Subway down Culver at Walnut (Walnut Plaza) has really good coupons:

http://www.irvineoffers.com/subway
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on June 12, 2014, 09:26:04 PM
Looks like they closed the Subway in the Ralphs shopping center off Jamboree and Irvine Blvd very recently, but not like there's a lack of them in the rest of Irvine.  haha

As you can tell, way behind on the openings and closures thread... catching up.

Couldn't find it already mentioned here, but looks like the Subway in Culver Plaza (Irvine Center Drive and Culver) closed recently.  Not sure who took their place yet.

The Subway down Culver at Walnut (Walnut Plaza) has really good coupons:

http://www.irvineoffers.com/subway
They actually reopened the one off Irvine Blvd/Jamboree (they did some tenant improvements I guess). 

The ownership of Shin Sushi & Steak in the Portola Center changed and the place SUCKS now.  Service was poor and they don't serve wagyu.  FAIL!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on June 12, 2014, 09:43:11 PM
I believe Shin is now Jinbei, they served the nasty spring rolls at the OH grand opening.  As far as I know, it has been the same owner:  from Ayame to Shin to Jinbei.  They're always tweaking their restaurant, hence the drastic difference in the food.  We liked Ayame the best, especially when they had shabu shabu, Shin was ok but not worthy of repeated visits, and Jinbei, we're probably not gonna even try at all.  I say back to the drawing board for the owner. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on June 12, 2014, 10:22:12 PM
I believe Shin is now Jinbei, they served the nasty spring rolls at the OH grand opening.  As far as I know, it has been the same owner:  from Ayame to Shin to Jinbei.  They're always tweaking their restaurant, hence the drastic difference in the food.  We liked Ayame the best, especially when they had shabu shabu, Shin was ok but not worthy of repeated visits, and Jinbei, we're probably not gonna even try at all.  I say back to the drawing board for the owner. 
Guess the owners don't understand the saying of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it"
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on June 13, 2014, 09:06:58 AM
I believe Shin is now Jinbei, they served the nasty spring rolls at the OH grand opening.  As far as I know, it has been the same owner:  from Ayame to Shin to Jinbei.  They're always tweaking their restaurant, hence the drastic difference in the food.  We liked Ayame the best, especially when they had shabu shabu, Shin was ok but not worthy of repeated visits, and Jinbei, we're probably not gonna even try at all.  I say back to the drawing board for the owner.

I agree about Ayame.  It was very good.  Apparently, they didn't install the proper fire equipment to serve shabu shabu and got shut down by the fire department.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on June 13, 2014, 09:12:44 AM
Passing the Walmart mall near the District and saw a sign for Seafood City.  I presume it's the same as the Seafood City Supermarket in Cerritos and elsewhere in LA.

http://www.seafoodcity.com/
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on June 13, 2014, 09:22:16 AM
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Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: GH on June 13, 2014, 09:23:37 AM
Passing the Walmart mall near the District and saw a sign for Seafood City.  I presume it's the same as the Seafood City Supermarket in Cerritos and elsewhere in LA.

http://www.seafoodcity.com/

That would be awesome .. hope it spawn more Filipino food places around it.  Don't really care much about Seafood City as you can get most of what they have at 99 Ranch, but I don't like having to drive to Cerritos if we are craving for Filipino food.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on June 13, 2014, 09:24:58 AM
I believe Shin is now Jinbei, they served the nasty spring rolls at the OH grand opening.  As far as I know, it has been the same owner:  from Ayame to Shin to Jinbei.  They're always tweaking their restaurant, hence the drastic difference in the food.  We liked Ayame the best, especially when they had shabu shabu, Shin was ok but not worthy of repeated visits, and Jinbei, we're probably not gonna even try at all.  I say back to the drawing board for the owner.

I agree about Ayame.  It was very good.  Apparently, they didn't install the proper fire equipment to serve shabu shabu and got shut down by the fire department.

Speaking of orchard hills center, what's the scoop on ren?  I heard they changed chefs? They took away some of my fave menu items and some of the recipes taste different?  The cashier told me that the short Asian dude with little/no hair was the chef and he quit but then I saw him there hanging out front last week while I was eating at la Sirena. I kinda miss the old ren. It was good go-to Chinese on a random weeknight.

New owner and chef.  They changed the concept, which is too bad.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on June 13, 2014, 09:28:40 AM
I believe Shin is now Jinbei, they served the nasty spring rolls at the OH grand opening.  As far as I know, it has been the same owner:  from Ayame to Shin to Jinbei.  They're always tweaking their restaurant, hence the drastic difference in the food.  We liked Ayame the best, especially when they had shabu shabu, Shin was ok but not worthy of repeated visits, and Jinbei, we're probably not gonna even try at all.  I say back to the drawing board for the owner.

I agree about Ayame.  It was very good.  Apparently, they didn't install the proper fire equipment to serve shabu shabu and got shut down by the fire department.

Speaking of orchard hills center, what's the scoop on ren?  I heard they changed chefs? They took away some of my fave menu items and some of the recipes taste different?  The cashier told me that the short Asian dude with little/no hair was the chef and he quit but then I saw him there hanging out front last week while I was eating at la Sirena. I kinda miss the old ren. It was good go-to Chinese on a random weeknight.

New owner and chef.  They changed the concept, which is too bad.

More to it than that:  the bald head short dude was part owner/chef.  Had a falling out with the other owner/partner.  Guess he found out his name is not on some contract/deed.  Bumped into him at Costco, he was pretty pissed at the whole thing.  The sole owner of Ren now is trying to find a chef to replace, heard he was trying out a lot of different head chefs, hence the current inconsistencies in food.   

I'm gonna give them another chance in a few months, I would still stay away for now.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on June 13, 2014, 09:30:17 AM
I believe Shin is now Jinbei, they served the nasty spring rolls at the OH grand opening.  As far as I know, it has been the same owner:  from Ayame to Shin to Jinbei.  They're always tweaking their restaurant, hence the drastic difference in the food.  We liked Ayame the best, especially when they had shabu shabu, Shin was ok but not worthy of repeated visits, and Jinbei, we're probably not gonna even try at all.  I say back to the drawing board for the owner.

I agree about Ayame.  It was very good.  Apparently, they didn't install the proper fire equipment to serve shabu shabu and got shut down by the fire department.

Speaking of orchard hills center, what's the scoop on ren?  I heard they changed chefs? They took away some of my fave menu items and some of the recipes taste different?  The cashier told me that the short Asian dude with little/no hair was the chef and he quit but then I saw him there hanging out front last week while I was eating at la Sirena. I kinda miss the old ren. It was good go-to Chinese on a random weeknight.

New owner and chef.  They changed the concept, which is too bad.

More to it than that:  the bald head short dude was part owner/chef.  Had a falling out with the other owner/partner.  Guess he found out his name is not on some contract/deed.  Bumped into him at Costco, he was pretty pissed at the whole thing.  The sole owner of Ren now is trying to find a chef to replace, heard he was trying out a lot of different head chefs, hence the current inconsistencies in food.   

I'm gonna give them another chance in a few months, I would still stay away for now.

Whoa...thanks for the details.   Just too bad.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on June 13, 2014, 09:37:46 AM
J. Zhou Oriental Cuisine has opened at the District

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforkinit/2014/06/j_zhou_oriental_cuisine_tustin.php
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on June 13, 2014, 09:46:04 AM
Passing the Walmart mall near the District and saw a sign for Seafood City.  I presume it's the same as the Seafood City Supermarket in Cerritos and elsewhere in LA.

http://www.seafoodcity.com/

(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff390/Ps99472/seafoodcity_zps0dfce9e8.jpg)

Hope they have a good food court.  Need some sisig and san miguel beer combo
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on June 13, 2014, 09:59:35 AM
Had no idea that Seafood City was the Filipino 99 Ranch until someone told me that the other day... should have made the connection based on they usually are connected to a Jollibee, Red Ribbon and ChowKing. But I don't think that space can fit those places there... maybe an Express version of those eateries.

I just want some fried chicken and other choices of Asian food.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on June 13, 2014, 10:15:48 AM
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Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: GH on June 13, 2014, 10:28:34 AM
Had no idea that Seafood City was the Filipino 99 Ranch until someone told me that the other day... should have made the connection based on they usually are connected to a Jollibee, Red Ribbon and ChowKing. But I don't think that space can fit those places there... maybe an Express version of those eateries.

I just want some fried chicken and other choices of Asian food.

They would probably eventually take over the Staples location there :)  (Staples have been closing stores left and right).  I think there are also still lot of area in that complex that they can build those.    I think they will eventually put up the Jollibee, Red Ribbon and the Chowking as that would be the magnet to get into Seafood City after the food craving (not the other way around)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on June 13, 2014, 10:37:45 AM
J. Zhou Oriental Cuisine has opened at the District
I want to try this place out... maybe for Father's Day. :)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on June 13, 2014, 11:19:08 AM
I believe Shin is now Jinbei, they served the nasty spring rolls at the OH grand opening.  As far as I know, it has been the same owner:  from Ayame to Shin to Jinbei.  They're always tweaking their restaurant, hence the drastic difference in the food.  We liked Ayame the best, especially when they had shabu shabu, Shin was ok but not worthy of repeated visits, and Jinbei, we're probably not gonna even try at all.  I say back to the drawing board for the owner.

I agree about Ayame.  It was very good.  Apparently, they didn't install the proper fire equipment to serve shabu shabu and got shut down by the fire department.

Speaking of orchard hills center, what's the scoop on ren?  I heard they changed chefs? They took away some of my fave menu items and some of the recipes taste different?  The cashier told me that the short Asian dude with little/no hair was the chef and he quit but then I saw him there hanging out front last week while I was eating at la Sirena. I kinda miss the old ren. It was good go-to Chinese on a random weeknight.
Yeah, their food doesn't taste the same anymore....in a bad way.  :(
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Kangen.Irvine on June 15, 2014, 01:55:22 PM
Looks like TIC should reach out to the community and do its best to lure a Trader Joes to Woodbridge Village. I know the Company doesn't do much to support local businesses, but this would be a great move to show its efforts in resurrecting the original example for a master planned community. More shops in the center to attract visitors and fewer offices where people won't stay around.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: 0$ on June 15, 2014, 02:03:24 PM
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Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on June 16, 2014, 09:33:34 AM
Looks like TIC should reach out to the community and do its best to lure a Trader Joes to Woodbridge Village. I know the Company doesn't do much to support local businesses, but this would be a great move to show its efforts in resurrecting the original example for a master planned community. More shops in the center to attract visitors and fewer offices where people won't stay around.

There is a already one one on Culver which is not that far away.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on June 16, 2014, 09:41:35 AM
I think they were on the right track with a cultural grocery that had mini-eateries inside... just chose the wrong culture. If it was a Japanese market like Mistuwa it would have done better (but there is already one in Heritage Plaza).

Maybe they should do what they are doing with the Barnes&Nobles space at the District (and what they did with that OC Mix at SOHO), create a food/goods market of sorts in that space. Give retail opportunities to some smaller businesses.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on June 16, 2014, 10:07:02 AM
I think they were on the right track with a cultural grocery that had mini-eateries inside... just chose the wrong culture. If it was a Japanese market like Mistuwa it would have done better (but there is already one in Heritage Plaza).

Maybe they should do what they are doing with the Barnes&Nobles space at the District (and what they did with that OC Mix at SOHO), create a food/goods market of sorts in that space. Give retail opportunities to some smaller businesses.

I don't think it had to do with the ethnicity or culture...Assi Market was apparently not very good from the start.  A lot of Koreans visited it when it first opened but did not go back.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Kangen.Irvine on June 16, 2014, 08:39:20 PM
Well said. Any type of location that will attract visitors and encourage people to spend time (money) would be great for the area.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: iacrenter on June 17, 2014, 11:11:51 AM
Well said. Any type of location that will attract visitors and encourage people to spend time (money) would be great for the area.

This should fit that description. Build it and they will come.  ;)

(http://garyorona.com/wordpress1/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/posh_1000w.jpg)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on June 25, 2014, 12:13:15 PM
Veggie Grill opening at the Marketplace tomorrow

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And just as they did when they opened the last Irvine location, they are going to offer $50 Gift Cards to the first 50 guests in line at its Tustin* new Irvine restaurant on opening day--a significant reward if you can go and get there no later than the first 49 people.

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforkinit/2014/06/veggie_grill_tustin.php
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on June 25, 2014, 01:56:58 PM
Veggie Grill opening at the Marketplace tomorrow

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And just as they did when they opened the last Irvine location, they are going to offer $50 Gift Cards to the first 50 guests in line at its Tustin* new Irvine restaurant on opening day--a significant reward if you can go and get there no later than the first 49 people.

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforkinit/2014/06/veggie_grill_tustin.php
I will not be a customer.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on June 25, 2014, 02:04:55 PM
Veggie Grill opening at the Marketplace tomorrow

Quote
And just as they did when they opened the last Irvine location, they are going to offer $50 Gift Cards to the first 50 guests in line at its Tustin* new Irvine restaurant on opening day--a significant reward if you can go and get there no later than the first 49 people.

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforkinit/2014/06/veggie_grill_tustin.php
I will not be a customer.

Any particular reason?  I like their sweet potato fries and their strawberry lemonade. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Homer_Simpson on June 25, 2014, 02:31:47 PM
I wonder when 302 is opening up there.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on June 25, 2014, 02:59:29 PM
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Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on June 25, 2014, 03:02:25 PM
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Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on June 25, 2014, 03:39:11 PM
Veggie Grill opening at the Marketplace tomorrow

Quote
And just as they did when they opened the last Irvine location, they are going to offer $50 Gift Cards to the first 50 guests in line at its Tustin* new Irvine restaurant on opening day--a significant reward if you can go and get there no later than the first 49 people.

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforkinit/2014/06/veggie_grill_tustin.php
I will not be a customer.

Any particular reason?  I like their sweet potato fries and their strawberry lemonade. 
I hate sweet potato anything and I refuse to eat any kind of fake meat.  All That BBQ FTW!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Coleman on June 25, 2014, 06:53:43 PM
I wonder when 302 is opening up there.

I'd rather have Sinbala
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on June 26, 2014, 10:16:28 AM
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Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on June 26, 2014, 11:08:35 AM
Veggie Grill opening at the Marketplace tomorrow

Quote
And just as they did when they opened the last Irvine location, they are going to offer $50 Gift Cards to the first 50 guests in line at its Tustin* new Irvine restaurant on opening day--a significant reward if you can go and get there no later than the first 49 people.

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforkinit/2014/06/veggie_grill_tustin.php

Wow the power of free is amazing. Just drove by and There are ppl lined up in beach chairs at the veggie grill waiting for it to open. Lines pretty long. Surprisingly, the first few ppl in line aren't Asian.
Just proves that those people are idiots and need a life and/or a job.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on June 26, 2014, 11:11:56 AM
Veggie Grill opening at the Marketplace tomorrow

Quote
And just as they did when they opened the last Irvine location, they are going to offer $50 Gift Cards to the first 50 guests in line at its Tustin* new Irvine restaurant on opening day--a significant reward if you can go and get there no later than the first 49 people.

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforkinit/2014/06/veggie_grill_tustin.php

Wow the power of free is amazing. Just drove by and There are ppl lined up in beach chairs at the veggie grill waiting for it to open. Lines pretty long. Surprisingly, the first few ppl in line aren't Asian.
Just proves that those people are idiots and need a life and/or a job.

Summertime...so I wonder if there are a few college students/teens there.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: zovall on June 28, 2014, 08:13:35 PM
A Whale of a Tale (Children's bookstore) closed at University Town Center and accordingly to Yelp, reopened near Pretend City.

OLD: http://www.yelp.com/biz/a-whale-of-a-tale-irvine
NEW: http://www.yelp.com/biz/a-whale-of-a-tale-irvine-2
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: zovall on June 28, 2014, 08:15:16 PM
The Haircutters closed their location at University Town Center
http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-haircutters-irvine-3

I had been going there since 1996 and got a text from my stylist saying they closed the location down and that he is working elsewhere now. Some of the stylists are renting stations at Inter Fashion Hair Design (next to Golden Spoon) in the same center.

Paul is currently at:

Inter Fashion Hair Design
4199 Campus Dr. Suite D
Irvine, CA 92612
Tuesday - Saturday 10am-6pm

Sweet Pea's Salon
10130 Warner Ave. Suite D
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Sunday 10am-5pm
Monday 11am-7pm
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on June 29, 2014, 12:18:10 AM
Denny's off of Culver and the 5 is closing tomorrow.

They've been there for a few decades.

Free order of pancakes tomorrow as thank you to all the customers.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on June 29, 2014, 01:28:22 PM
Denny's off of Culver and the 5 is closing tomorrow.

They've been there for a few decades.

Free order of pancakes tomorrow as thank you to all the customers.
Awww man, I liked that Dennys. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on June 29, 2014, 03:17:12 PM
Yeah that was out favorite Denny's. That sucks.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Vinster on June 29, 2014, 10:51:53 PM
Saw an alcohol notice on the vacant space between Gaufree and Pho So 1.

A Smashburger will be going there.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on June 29, 2014, 11:20:28 PM
Not a fan of that Denny's, got booted to the doghouse there (first fight with wife)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: jmoney74 on June 29, 2014, 11:45:20 PM
Not a fan of that Denny's, got booted to the doghouse there (first fight with wife)

What did you order?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on June 29, 2014, 11:50:18 PM
Saw an alcohol notice on the vacant space between Gaufree and Pho So 1.

A Smashburger will be going there.

nice, now i can get something right next door when i pick pho so 1 for the wife.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on June 30, 2014, 12:21:28 AM
Saw an alcohol notice on the vacant space between Gaufree and Pho So 1.

A Smashburger will be going there.
Nice. That's actually a good choice to go there... no fast casual burger joint other than The Habit around.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Yep! on July 09, 2014, 05:26:23 PM
Looks like the Paradise Perks coffee shop in Irvine Village Center off Jeffrey Rd and Irvine Center Drive just closed:

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforkinit/2014/06/paradise_perks_closed.php

They say it was b/c of noise complaints, but not so sure it wasn't also economic.

If you are looking for hot or cold coffee etc in that same plaza, Pho Factory (surprisingly) has drinks (and pretty good Viet food as well). 

Coupons, yeah:

http://www.irvineoffers.com/pho-factory/
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on July 13, 2014, 11:07:06 AM
(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff390/Ps99472/rita_zpsabfc68bb.jpg)
Looks good, hopefully like Confetti in Costa Mesa, here's a yelp from their MV store:
http://www.yelp.com/biz/ritas-italian-ice-mission-viejo (I think they're related)

(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff390/Ps99472/pop_zps6fedcadc.jpg)
More of the same, right next to Tea Station? http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforkinit/2014/02/popcorn_chicken_restaurant_cal.php

(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff390/Ps99472/burnt_zps00c821fb.jpg)
This looks interesting.
http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforkinit/2014/04/the_burnt_truck_dogzilla_to_op.php

(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff390/Ps99472/mcvean_zpse5d448a2.jpg)
http://www.yelp.com/biz/mcveans-irvine
http://www.mcveansgrill.com/
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on July 13, 2014, 11:20:47 AM
zxcv
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ob1 on July 16, 2014, 08:49:02 AM
Anyone know what's going to replace that Denny's?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on July 16, 2014, 08:50:54 AM
Not a fan of that Denny's, got booted to the doghouse there (first fight with wife)

What did you order?
More importantly, what was the fight over?

(I'm guessing a disagreement over where to eat :) )
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on July 24, 2014, 07:14:32 AM
Chalk one up for Lake Forest.  Southern Food buffet:

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforkinit/2014/07/celebrity_soul_food_buffet_opens_in_lake_forest.php

I am both super intrigued and fearful to try it.  Intrigued because the menu looks fantastic (and 4.5 stars rating on Yelp).  Fearful because I would probably love it and gain like 30 lbs.

Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on July 24, 2014, 07:52:30 AM
Chalk one up for Lake Forest.  Southern Food buffet:

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforkinit/2014/07/celebrity_soul_food_buffet_opens_in_lake_forest.php

I am both super intrigued and fearful to try it.  Intrigued because the menu looks fantastic (and 4.5 stars rating on Yelp).  Fearful because I would probably love it and gain like 30 lbs.


I am so there. And there is mac&cheese for my picky eater.

www.celebritysoulfoodbuffet.com

(http://www.celebritysoulfoodbuffet.com/image/91135967.png)

(http://www.celebritysoulfoodbuffet.com/image/90714104_scaled_452x686.png)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Coleman on July 24, 2014, 10:43:13 AM
I will have to check out this buffet! 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on July 29, 2014, 09:28:05 AM
Grill Masters in the Cypress Village Center is now called Cumin. Not sure if there was an ownership and/or menu change.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on July 30, 2014, 07:11:53 PM
Rita's is an east coast chain. Love their water ice. Actually went down to the MV location to try the ice and custard when it first opened. Brings back memories of east coast summers.

Rita's is now open, anyone tried it yet?

http://www.yelp.com/biz/ritas-italian-ice-irvine
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on July 30, 2014, 07:16:12 PM
Rita's is an east coast chain. Love their water ice. Actually went down to the MV location to try the ice and custard when it first opened. Brings back memories of east coast summers.

Rita's is now open, anyone tried it yet?

http://www.yelp.com/biz/ritas-italian-ice-irvine
Thanks for the heads up...I'll drop by when I go to Albertsons. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on July 30, 2014, 07:24:36 PM
Coming soon:

(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff390/Ps99472/Floyds_zps0e1cafea.jpg)
Interesting (http://www.floydsbarbershop.com/)

(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff390/Ps99472/Pizza_zps44912c8b.jpg)
Yea pizza! (http://www.yelp.com/biz/pizza-900-mobile-wood-fired-pizzeria-irvine-2) not sure if this is the same company, but similar concept at 90 seconds at 900 degrees

(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff390/Ps99472/stax_zps6ce43775.jpg)
Kid's gonna love this (http://www.staxcookiebar.com/)

(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff390/Ps99472/whole_zpsdaedc5f3.jpg)
Where are they gonna put this???
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on July 30, 2014, 07:48:06 PM
Isn't there a market in that apartment village by the spectrum? Could it replace that? I've never been but probably not big enough
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on July 30, 2014, 07:50:08 PM
xcvb
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on July 30, 2014, 09:31:56 PM
I'm thinking they are putting that Whole Foods in the area across from BK and 7-11.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on July 30, 2014, 11:14:06 PM
Rita's is an east coast chain. Love their water ice. Actually went down to the MV location to try the ice and custard when it first opened. Brings back memories of east coast summers.

Rita's is now open, anyone tried it yet?

http://www.yelp.com/biz/ritas-italian-ice-irvine
Thanks for the heads up...I'll drop by when I go to Albertsons. 
Needed to go to Albertsons to pick up some groceries and dropped by Ritas.  Got a Gelati (custard with shaved ice).   It was very good and refreshing....I'll definitely be going back.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on July 30, 2014, 11:15:15 PM
I'm thinking they are putting that Whole Foods in the area across from BK and 7-11.
May it'll go across the street between the current shopping center and the 405 freeway. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: eclipxe on July 31, 2014, 12:08:36 AM
I'm thinking they are putting that Whole Foods in the area across from BK and 7-11.
May it'll go across the street between the current shopping center and the 405 freeway.

Yes it is going next to Los Olivos, new retail center.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Kangen.Irvine on July 31, 2014, 09:14:15 PM
You just created a huge positive uproar in my family over the gluten-free Stax Cookie Shop. We can't wait til September....it'll do well just like the similar shop in Westwood.  :D
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on August 02, 2014, 12:10:12 PM
Heard a rumor that Buca will be closing soon.  Last time we were there saw a sign saying they no longer have a liquor license, which seems odd unless they're closing.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on August 02, 2014, 12:32:07 PM
Need a small family Italian place... the big ones just don't seem very good.

Suprised Macaroni Grill has made it this long.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ob1 on August 04, 2014, 09:10:30 AM
Got a "Coming Soon" Tustin Marketplace flyer that mentioned these restaurants.

Bondi Grill House
California Gogi Korean Grill
Miguel's Jr.
TAPS Fish House & Brewery.

Not sure why they're putting in another quick mex place in TMP when OTB, El Pollo, Baja Fresh and Rubios seem to already have the area covered.

Has anyone been to Bondi or TAPS? 
Bondi's web intro page video is disturbing in a vague/suggestive way.  #neverseenagirleatafrenchfrylikethat

http://www.bondigrillhouse.com/home
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on August 04, 2014, 09:28:06 AM
TAPS is supposedly going into Buca's location.  Been to the Brea location a few times.  It's ok, nothing worth waiting in line for.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ob1 on August 04, 2014, 09:37:58 AM
TAPS is supposedly going into Buca's location.  Been to the Brea location a few times.  It's ok, nothing worth waiting in line for.

I have three kids, so waiting in line for any restaurant is a no-go for me. 
That's why I always dine with the retirees at 4:30.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on August 04, 2014, 10:08:49 AM
Got a "Coming Soon" Tustin Marketplace flyer that mentioned these restaurants.

Bondi Grill House
California Gogi Korean Grill
Miguel's Jr.
TAPS Fish House & Brewery.

Not sure why they're putting in another quick mex place in TMP when OTB, El Pollo, Baja Fresh and Rubios seem to already have the area covered.

Has anyone been to Bondi or TAPS? 
Bondi's web intro page video is disturbing in a vague/suggestive way.  #neverseenagirleatafrenchfrylikethat

http://www.bondigrillhouse.com/home

i think someones needs to call "to catch a predator" on O Hills, im not even sure those girls were 18 :-)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ob1 on August 04, 2014, 10:13:19 AM
Got a "Coming Soon" Tustin Marketplace flyer that mentioned these restaurants.

Bondi Grill House
California Gogi Korean Grill
Miguel's Jr.
TAPS Fish House & Brewery.

Not sure why they're putting in another quick mex place in TMP when OTB, El Pollo, Baja Fresh and Rubios seem to already have the area covered.

Has anyone been to Bondi or TAPS? 
Bondi's web intro page video is disturbing in a vague/suggestive way.  #neverseenagirleatafrenchfrylikethat

http://www.bondigrillhouse.com/home

i think someones needs to call "to catch a predator" on O Hills, im not even sure those girls were 18 :-)

LOL -- I did say it was disturbing.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: woodburyowner on August 04, 2014, 03:40:30 PM
Grill Masters in the Cypress Village Center is now called Cumin. Not sure if there was an ownership and/or menu change.

Same owner(s).  The owner has had a hell of a time getting the restaurant going.. they have tried multiple menu changes and even tried a lunch buffet.  All have failed.  Now, they are going to a Chipotle style menu/presentation - you pick the bread, protein, and toppings and watch them build it  Since they brought back their spicy garlic sauce, this place is back on the rotation for me.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Dom on August 06, 2014, 09:52:31 AM
TAPS is supposedly going into Buca's location.  Been to the Brea location a few times.  It's ok, nothing worth waiting in line for.

Yep - Buca is closing and Taps will be opening there in February. Rumor is August 16th for the closing date of Buca.

There is a ton of work to be done on the building, including raising the ceiling 5 feet and adding a huge patio on the South side of the building. They'll have a huge bar and 25 beer taps - 6 will be Taps beers and 19 guests, likely none of which will be Blue Moon or Shocktop.  :P

"Not worth waiting in line for" if you don't like world class beers and award winning seafood lol.

Probably not the best place for children though - thankfully.  ;D
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Dom on August 06, 2014, 10:03:03 AM
Has anyone been to Bondi or TAPS? 

Bondi is the new building next door to Bonefish on Jamboree. They just opened one in Huntington Beach that already has a ton of Yelp reviews, if you care to read some. Sounds like a bigger, better, badder Outback, if you're into that...

Regarding Miguels Jr - this place is popular in the IE. The food is more like Rubios and Baja Fresh used to be before they became corporate owned and prepackaged. I prefer Chronic Tacos, but Miguels is a close 2nd.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ob1 on August 06, 2014, 10:04:55 AM
TAPS is supposedly going into Buca's location.  Been to the Brea location a few times.  It's ok, nothing worth waiting in line for.

Yep - Buca is closing and Taps will be opening there in February. Rumor is August 16th for the closing date of Buca.

There is a ton of work to be done on the building, including raising the ceiling 5 feet and adding a huge patio on the South side of the building. They'll have a huge bar and 25 beer taps - 6 will be Taps beers and 19 guests, likely none of which will be Blue Moon or Shocktop.  :P

"Not worth waiting in line for" if you don't like world class beers and award winning seafood lol.

Probably not the best place for children though - thankfully.  ;D

That's some good intel-- are you the owner? 

In Irvine being kid friendly is a must. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: 0$ on August 06, 2014, 10:11:19 AM
 :)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Dom on August 06, 2014, 10:34:17 AM
Quote

That's some good intel-- are you the owner? 

In Irvine being kid friendly is a must.

Nope - Anacapa resident that drives to Taps Brea every month and plans vacations around craft beer spots.  ;D

I dunno man, The Yardhouse does "OK". ;) Taps will be packed.

OS - they frequently have Bruery beers on tap. With 19 guest taps, they should always have something on from them. Can't wait.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: zubs on August 06, 2014, 12:45:59 PM
That BUCA on Jamboree is always packed.  Why would it close?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on August 06, 2014, 01:18:53 PM
That BUCA on Jamboree is always packed.  Why would it close?

probably didnt get their lease renewed. TIC takes a % of sales on their leases so probably want to get a higher revenue generator there
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ob1 on August 06, 2014, 01:28:25 PM
That BUCA on Jamboree is always packed.  Why would it close?

probably didnt get their lease renewed. TIC takes a % of sales on their leases so probably want to get a higher revenue generator there

That place was not well managed either.
The few times we went, there always seemed to be a group of angry customers.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ob1 on August 06, 2014, 01:44:53 PM
Quote

That's some good intel-- are you the owner? 

In Irvine being kid friendly is a must.

Nope - Anacapa resident that drives to Taps Brea every month and plans vacations around craft beer spots.  ;D

I dunno man, The Yardhouse does "OK". ;) Taps will be packed.

OS - they frequently have Bruery beers on tap. With 19 guest taps, they should always have something on from them. Can't wait.

Any idea what they're doing in that Baja Fresh food court area?
I saw it was gated off for construction.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on August 06, 2014, 01:57:56 PM
Just the parking lot and fountain area?  Saw that too.  Maybe more outside seating?  That would help with Class 302 opening soon, make the stinky tofu eaters sit outside!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ob1 on August 06, 2014, 02:04:27 PM
Just the parking lot and fountain area?  Saw that too.  Maybe more outside seating?  That would help with Class 302 opening soon, make the stinky tofu eaters sit outside!

Yeah, it looked like it was that seating area.
Was pretty sure they weren't doing anything to fix that disaster of a parking area, but was kinda hoping.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: OCgasman on August 06, 2014, 02:11:14 PM
Quote
Anacapa resident that drives to Taps Brea every month and plans vacations around craft beer spots.  ;D
Nice!  I'm a big beer, wine and whiskey guy.  Do a fair amount of beer trading and go to some local bottle shares on occasion. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: zubs on August 06, 2014, 02:37:38 PM
That BUCA on Jamboree is always packed.  Why would it close?

probably didnt get their lease renewed. TIC takes a % of sales on their leases so probably want to get a higher revenue generator there

That place was not well managed either.
The few times we went, there always seemed to be a group of angry customers.


Yeah, I agree this buca isn't well run.  Customers come in and there is no one at the front for like 5 minutes at a time.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: jmoney74 on August 06, 2014, 03:04:13 PM
to echo

i've preordered there twice for pick up.. large party.  Had to wait over 30 minutes both times after the time they told me to come pick it up.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: 0$ on August 06, 2014, 07:21:30 PM
 :P
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: 0$ on August 06, 2014, 07:34:40 PM
 :o
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on August 06, 2014, 07:45:15 PM
[quasdf
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on August 06, 2014, 08:02:35 PM
If you took Cucina Enoteca out of Spectrum, the Marketplace (post these changeouts) would reign as the #1 dining destination in Irvine.

Problem is, C-E is just that good.

Marketplace is the best place to eat. Although it's in Tustin. Can't beat the carls jr, Taco Bell, in n out trifecta.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: OCgasman on August 06, 2014, 08:20:17 PM
If you took Cucina Enoteca out of Spectrum, the Marketplace (post these changeouts) would reign as the #1 dining destination in Irvine.

Problem is, C-E is just that good.

I'm a fan too. Although it does sometimes miss on the rare occasion (but I guess that can be said of any restaurant). This is the only restaurant my newport /cdm friends will trek over to "far far" irvine for.
I'm gonna respectfully disagree.  Cucina is all right.  It's a casual sit down place with average food.  I think the Artist's District in Santa Ana blows away all local areas for food, drinks and vibe...but it's in Santa Ana.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: iacrenter on August 06, 2014, 11:34:32 PM
If you took Cucina Enoteca out of Spectrum, the Marketplace (post these changeouts) would reign as the #1 dining destination in Irvine.

Problem is, C-E is just that good.

I'm a fan too. Although it does sometimes miss on the rare occasion (but I guess that can be said of any restaurant). This is the only restaurant my newport /cdm friends will trek over to "far far" irvine for.
I'm gonna respectfully disagree.  Cucina is all right.  It's a casual sit down place with average food.  I think the Artist's District in Santa Ana blows away all local areas for food, drinks and vibe...but it's in Santa Ana.

+1

Playground >>> C-E
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: 0$ on August 07, 2014, 06:30:46 AM
 :P
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on August 07, 2014, 06:31:28 AM
adf
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: abcd1234 on August 07, 2014, 09:18:33 AM
I wish Cucina Enoteca had more things on their menu.  It seems limited to me. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ob1 on August 07, 2014, 09:24:04 AM
If you took Cucina Enoteca out of Spectrum, the Marketplace (post these changeouts) would reign as the #1 dining destination in Irvine.

Problem is, C-E is just that good.

Marketplace is the best place to eat. Although it's in Tustin. Can't beat the carls jr, Taco Bell, in n out trifecta.

What, no love for The Crazy Chicken? 
Have you not tried the stuffed quesadilla with guac AND bacon?   :o
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on August 07, 2014, 09:26:11 AM
If you took Cucina Enoteca out of Spectrum, the Marketplace (post these changeouts) would reign as the #1 dining destination in Irvine.

Problem is, C-E is just that good.

Marketplace is the best place to eat. Although it's in Tustin. Can't beat the carls jr, Taco Bell, in n out trifecta.

What, no love for The Crazy Chicken? 
Have you not tried the stuffed quesadilla with guac AND bacon?   :o

im not a big fan of chicken, ill eat it if i have to.  they do have that corn pudding that is very very good.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ob1 on August 07, 2014, 09:33:16 AM
If you took Cucina Enoteca out of Spectrum, the Marketplace (post these changeouts) would reign as the #1 dining destination in Irvine.

Problem is, C-E is just that good.

Marketplace is the best place to eat. Although it's in Tustin. Can't beat the carls jr, Taco Bell, in n out trifecta.

What, no love for The Crazy Chicken? 
Have you not tried the stuffed quesadilla with guac AND bacon?   :o

im not a big fan of chicken, ill eat it if i have to.  they do have that corn pudding that is very very good.

I'm very concerned about your coronary health. 
I hope you're at least washing those queso dipped fries down with some red wine.
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Post by: iacrenter on August 07, 2014, 12:05:07 PM
If you took Cucina Enoteca out of Spectrum, the Marketplace (post these changeouts) would reign as the #1 dining destination in Irvine.

Problem is, C-E is just that good.

I'm a fan too. Although it does sometimes miss on the rare occasion (but I guess that can be said of any restaurant). This is the only restaurant my newport /cdm friends will trek over to "far far" irvine for.
I'm gonna respectfully disagree.  Cucina is all right.  It's a casual sit down place with average food.  I think the Artist's District in Santa Ana blows away all local areas for food, drinks and vibe...but it's in Santa Ana.

+1

Playground >>> C-E

No arguments here. Cucina scores extra points for me in that it's at the spectrum (a kid friendly environment) and the restaurant itself is kid friendly. Not many places I can go with 3 other families all with kids for a nice early dinner or brunch in irvine.  That's what I view cucina as. Playground is more date night / go out with friends. Different category for me.   Plus this is an irvine discussion.

I do like C-E and it is definely one of the better restaurants in Irvine. Along with Javier, it is also one of my go to places in the Specrrum.
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Post by: OCgasman on August 07, 2014, 01:05:30 PM
If you took Cucina Enoteca out of Spectrum, the Marketplace (post these changeouts) would reign as the #1 dining destination in Irvine.

Problem is, C-E is just that good.

I'm a fan too. Although it does sometimes miss on the rare occasion (but I guess that can be said of any restaurant). This is the only restaurant my newport /cdm friends will trek over to "far far" irvine for.
I'm gonna respectfully disagree.  Cucina is all right.  It's a casual sit down place with average food.  I think the Artist's District in Santa Ana blows away all local areas for food, drinks and vibe...but it's in Santa Ana.

+1

Playground >>> C-E

No arguments here. Cucina scores extra points for me in that it's at the spectrum (a kid friendly environment) and the restaurant itself is kid friendly. Not many places I can go with 3 other families all with kids for a nice early dinner or brunch in irvine.  That's what I view cucina as. Playground is more date night / go out with friends. Different category for me.   Plus this is an irvine discussion.

I do like C-E and it is definely one of the better restaurants in Irvine. Along with Javier, it is also one of my go to places in the Specrrum.
Dude, Javier's is worse than Cucina.  I think the food sucks there.  Same with Gabby's in the circle.  Just horribly overpriced Mexican food in a hipster environment to justify their $14 Mojito.
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Post by: 0$ on August 07, 2014, 01:12:20 PM
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Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: jmoney74 on August 07, 2014, 01:34:35 PM
Anywho, Irvine is pretty much a C- for dining vs the rest of OC. Fullerton, Laguna, Orange, Santa Ana -- hard to find bad joints in the heart of these hoods. In Irvine, we're picking the cleanest dirty shirts.

So finding a decent craft beer within stumbling distance outside La Sirena Grill is a major hoo-rah.

It is getting better though.  We are getting some of the LA Hits in here.  Like Umami Burger.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: 0$ on August 07, 2014, 01:40:24 PM
 :P
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on August 07, 2014, 01:41:38 PM
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Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on August 07, 2014, 01:44:27 PM
Meanwhile, Fullerton and Costa Mesa keep getting better.

yeah Costa Mesa is where we typically try to go on weekends to try new places.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on August 07, 2014, 02:35:07 PM
Anywho, Irvine is pretty much a C- for dining vs the rest of OC. Fullerton, Laguna, Orange, Santa Ana -- hard to find bad joints in the heart of these hoods. In Irvine, we're picking the cleanest dirty shirts.

So finding a decent craft beer within stumbling distance outside La Sirena Grill is a major hoo-rah.

It is getting better though.  We are getting some of the LA Hits in here.  Like Umami Burger.

Ok maybe I need to give that another go but thought that was a pretty bad burger experience when I tried it last year in CM.

Recent yelps not so good, I would wait a couple months to hammer out the kinks.  I still crave In N Out more than any other burger.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on August 07, 2014, 02:37:21 PM
I still crave In N Out more than any other
Boom goes the qwertermite!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: iacrenter on August 07, 2014, 02:40:35 PM
If you took Cucina Enoteca out of Spectrum, the Marketplace (post these changeouts) would reign as the #1 dining destination in Irvine.

Problem is, C-E is just that good.

I'm a fan too. Although it does sometimes miss on the rare occasion (but I guess that can be said of any restaurant). This is the only restaurant my newport /cdm friends will trek over to "far far" irvine for.
I'm gonna respectfully disagree.  Cucina is all right.  It's a casual sit down place with average food.  I think the Artist's District in Santa Ana blows away all local areas for food, drinks and vibe...but it's in Santa Ana.

+1

Playground >>> C-E

No arguments here. Cucina scores extra points for me in that it's at the spectrum (a kid friendly environment) and the restaurant itself is kid friendly. Not many places I can go with 3 other families all with kids for a nice early dinner or brunch in irvine.  That's what I view cucina as. Playground is more date night / go out with friends. Different category for me.   Plus this is an irvine discussion.

I do like C-E and it is definely one of the better restaurants in Irvine. Along with Javier, it is also one of my go to places in the Specrrum.
Dude, Javier's is worse than Cucina.  I think the food sucks there.  Same with Gabby's in the circle.  Just horribly overpriced Mexican food in a hipster environment to justify their $14 Mojito.

What is your best Mexican in Irvine then? This question may be a oxymoron.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on August 07, 2014, 02:44:01 PM
What is your best Mexican in Irvine then?
All your qwerty are belong to us.

Seriously... none really.

I like Jalapenos but that's not really a sitdown place (but I prefer them over Chronic Tacos).

El Cholo is okay but closing.

I actually prefer Don Jose... and a place called Flamingo's in Laguna Hills.

Javier's was good... but they keep raising their prices ($4 for an iced tea?) and changing their recipes (their chicken tacos used to be much better).
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on August 07, 2014, 02:45:22 PM
fxgh
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on August 07, 2014, 02:48:12 PM
La Sirena hits the spot well when you crave Mexican
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on August 07, 2014, 02:49:23 PM
rg
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on August 07, 2014, 02:51:40 PM
They have chimi's?? When was that!?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on August 07, 2014, 02:52:47 PM
y
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on August 07, 2014, 02:53:46 PM
Not asking, demanding it! 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: OCgasman on August 07, 2014, 02:56:45 PM
La Sirena hits the spot well when you crave Mexican

La Sirena is good, but I prefer my Mexican more greasy and hole in the wall.  El Toro Carniceria can't be beat and as an added bonus you can get a big ass order in for catering for cheap.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: 0$ on August 07, 2014, 03:02:16 PM
8)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: OCgasman on August 07, 2014, 03:06:33 PM
I like La Sirena for the same reason I like Roma D'Italia... They have Sculpin IPA on tap.
Sculpin is great beer but available on draft everywhere.  I'll be impressed if they get Alpine or Russian River on tap.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: 0$ on August 07, 2014, 03:37:35 PM
 :)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: OCgasman on August 07, 2014, 03:49:28 PM
I like La Sirena for the same reason I like Roma D'Italia... They have Sculpin IPA on tap.
Sculpin is great beer but available on draft everywhere.  I'll be impressed if they get Alpine or Russian River on tap.

Everywhere? Notsomuch...

http://oc.taphunter.com/beer/Ballast-Point-Sculpin-IPA
I'm familiar with taphunter.  Great app.  Not discounting Sculpin, it's just not that hard to find in draft or bottles.  I see it at First Class Pizza at Woodbury all the time.  But, when I'm looking at Tap lists, I like seeing more than the usual El Segundo, Ballast Point, Firestone Walker stuff.  Just the beer snob in me.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on August 07, 2014, 04:17:36 PM
What is your best Mexican in Irvine then? This question may be a oxymoron.

i cant believe you had to ask. the best mexican is in Tustin - Columbus Square, serving extra large chorizo :-)

i like Supermex on Culver/Walnut next to the ralphs. but i only get two things there. the shredded beef burrito and the flautas (which are also shredded beef). they have good shredded beef. not a fan of their carne asada.  their salsa is excellent though.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on August 24, 2014, 11:39:49 AM
Was getting donuts at Donut Star this morning and it looks like MooYah (a burger/fries/shakes place) is opening in the old Bagel City location (and Donut Star now smartly serves bagels and bagel sandwiches):

http://www.mooyah.com/

Pizza:90 is opening in the old Z-Pizza location, I assume it's one of those fast bake build your own pizza places like Blaze, Mod and Pieology.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on August 24, 2014, 11:51:35 AM
Might be repost, but there's a new pizza joint off MacArthur and Main, Flippin Pizza

http://www.yelp.com/biz/flippin-pizza-irvine-3

NY style, I'll wait for bones review
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on August 24, 2014, 11:56:52 AM
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Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on August 24, 2014, 12:03:44 PM
Might be repost, but there's a new pizza joint off MacArthur and Main, Flippin Pizza

http://www.yelp.com/biz/flippin-pizza-irvine-3

NY style, I'll wait for bones review

Ha. I would except I don't eat pizza. I know. How unamerican and FOB of me.

I'm unfriending you
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Post by: bones on August 24, 2014, 12:10:52 PM
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Post by: bones on August 24, 2014, 12:12:09 PM
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Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: jmoney74 on August 26, 2014, 10:18:07 PM
Might be repost, but there's a new pizza joint off MacArthur and Main, Flippin Pizza

http://www.yelp.com/biz/flippin-pizza-irvine-3

NY style, I'll wait for bones review

thanks for the find.. I'm going to check it out this week.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on September 11, 2014, 09:17:47 AM
Got an email that the CPK on Michelson closed yesterday.

Last time I was there, they were looking for a space to move to but maybe not.

All the Build Your Own pizza places probably killed their business (why pay $15 when you can pay $7.50?).
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: SoCal on September 11, 2014, 09:20:57 AM
I'm out of the loop. Where did Bones a.k.a. WTTCMN a.k.a. "..." go? All her posts have been scrubbed. Did something popcorn-worthy happen??
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: furioussugar on September 11, 2014, 10:55:06 PM
Looks like she pulled a Tyler Durden -- 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Soylent Green Is People on September 12, 2014, 08:19:22 AM
There's a Flippin Pizza location near Soylent Yellow's high school that's - according to her - "rated A... for Avoid".

Curious what the Irvine location is like though as it's not far from my route home.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on September 12, 2014, 09:00:38 AM
I'm out of the loop. Where did Bones a.k.a. WTTCMN a.k.a. "..." go? All her posts have been scrubbed. Did something popcorn-worthy happen??
Wasn't me. :)
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Post by: USCTrojanCPA on September 12, 2014, 12:49:55 PM
I'm out of the loop. Where did Bones a.k.a. WTTCMN a.k.a. "..." go? All her posts have been scrubbed. Did something popcorn-worthy happen??
Wasn't me. :)
I blame OS/OpenSky.  haha
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on September 16, 2014, 11:14:45 AM
I was at the University Center and I saw signs up for Eureka!:

http://www.lol-la.com/eureka-open-restaurant-irvine-later-year/

This center has come a long way with a wide variety of places to eat.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: legallysound on September 17, 2014, 04:31:04 AM

Caffe Bene is coming to Heritage Plaza's old Seattle's Best Coffee spot. Should be good.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Homer_Simpson on September 17, 2014, 08:38:38 AM

Caffe Bene is coming to Heritage Plaza's old Seattle's Best Coffee spot. Should be good.

I actually inquired about this franchise and their franchise fees, start up cost are ridiculous.

bleh!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Dom on September 18, 2014, 12:03:46 PM
I was at the University Center and I saw signs up for Eureka!:


Grand opening is listed as Oct 6th on their FB page.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eureka-Irvine/251953678325960
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on September 23, 2014, 05:33:09 PM
Smashburger finally opened last weekend near Big 5.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/smashburger-irvine

Haven't been there yet. When I first had one at Aliso Viejo I thought they were pretty good but went to the on in Mission Viejo Mall recently and did not really like it... everything was too salty.

It's interesting because there have been no burgers place in the central part of Irvine and now there is a Smashburger and soon to be open Mooyah.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on September 23, 2014, 08:17:17 PM
i'll wait awhile before trying them, seems like typical soft open logistics issues right now.  For now, The Habit and In N Out will be our go to burger joints
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on October 05, 2014, 04:59:33 PM
Can it be true?  A Jollibee in Irvine?  Inside Seafood City (opening soon).  Need some ChickenJoy now!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: remote access on October 07, 2014, 09:39:11 PM
A new friend of mine is opening a Bonchon Korean style fried chicken place very soon. It will be at Jamboree and Main. I haven't tried any of its competition around here, but I'm hoping this place is the real deal.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: eyephone on October 07, 2014, 09:45:45 PM
A new friend of mine is opening a Bonchon Korean style fried chicken place very soon. It will be at Jamboree and Main. I haven't tried any of its competition around here, but I'm hoping this place is the real deal.

So will TI members get a discount?  ;)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: RibEye on October 08, 2014, 11:10:15 AM
A new friend of mine is opening a Bonchon Korean style fried chicken place very soon. It will be at Jamboree and Main. I haven't tried any of its competition around here, but I'm hoping this place is the real deal.

Are you talking about Bonchon Chicken in the Souplantation/Boudin's plaza? Is there an ETA for the opening? My wife and I saw this a few months ago but haven't seen or heard anything further. We've been to the Bonchon in Sunnyvale and have been eagerly awaiting the opening of this location.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: RibEye on October 08, 2014, 11:10:58 AM
Can it be true?  A Jollibee in Irvine?  Inside Seafood City (opening soon).  Need some ChickenJoy now!

Awesome. Looking forward to reliving my childhood!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: GH on October 08, 2014, 11:48:06 AM
Can it be true?  A Jollibee in Irvine?  Inside Seafood City (opening soon).  Need some ChickenJoy now!

Awesome. Looking forward to reliving my childhood!

Just drive to Anaheim or Cerritos :p  But it would be awesome to have Filipino foods in Irvine so that we don't have to drive far when we are craving for one. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Harajuku on October 08, 2014, 11:51:09 AM
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Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on October 08, 2014, 11:59:03 AM
Isn't Halo2 a video game?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Harajuku on October 08, 2014, 12:01:59 PM
Isn't Halo2 a video game?

1,000 calories of goodness.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Homer_Simpson on October 08, 2014, 12:19:23 PM
A new friend of mine is opening a Bonchon Korean style fried chicken place very soon. It will be at Jamboree and Main. I haven't tried any of its competition around here, but I'm hoping this place is the real deal.

Are you talking about Bonchon Chicken in the Souplantation/Boudin's plaza? Is there an ETA for the opening? My wife and I saw this a few months ago but haven't seen or heard anything further. We've been to the Bonchon in Sunnyvale and have been eagerly awaiting the opening of this location.

Have you tried 99 Chicken at Sunnyvale/Santa Clara?? bombdiggity!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on October 08, 2014, 12:21:27 PM
Korean fried chicken vs Filipino fried chicken Throwdown!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: remote access on October 08, 2014, 02:53:50 PM
A new friend of mine is opening a Bonchon Korean style fried chicken place very soon. It will be at Jamboree and Main. I haven't tried any of its competition around here, but I'm hoping this place is the real deal.

Are you talking about Bonchon Chicken in the Souplantation/Boudin's plaza? Is there an ETA for the opening? My wife and I saw this a few months ago but haven't seen or heard anything further. We've been to the Bonchon in Sunnyvale and have been eagerly awaiting the opening of this location.

That's the one.  It will probably open next month sometime.  They've run into a few setbacks with construction.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: RibEye on October 08, 2014, 04:10:42 PM
A new friend of mine is opening a Bonchon Korean style fried chicken place very soon. It will be at Jamboree and Main. I haven't tried any of its competition around here, but I'm hoping this place is the real deal.

Are you talking about Bonchon Chicken in the Souplantation/Boudin's plaza? Is there an ETA for the opening? My wife and I saw this a few months ago but haven't seen or heard anything further. We've been to the Bonchon in Sunnyvale and have been eagerly awaiting the opening of this location.

Have you tried 99 Chicken at Sunnyvale/Santa Clara?? bombdiggity!

Agreed! My sister lives in that area and we used to go to 99 Chicken whenever I was in town for a visit. Now, we go back and forth between 99 Chicken and Bonchon.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on November 01, 2014, 10:47:49 AM
Jin Jin (formerly Chin Chin) in the Marketplace has closed down.

I liked their food (a bit expensive) but they just didn't seem to get enough business.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on November 01, 2014, 10:53:34 AM
Went to Joanne's Fabrics the other day and noticed this huge construction going on off of Armstrong. I thought it was another strip mall - turns out it is a new Montessori school, Milestone Montessori:

http://www.milestonesmontessori.com/

The building is huuuge! It's a preschool - 3rd grade program and by the looks of it, seems like there is a ton of money being made in early education.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on November 01, 2014, 11:00:29 AM
We need really think about opening up one of those schools, already got the name ready:

Golden 888 Montessori :)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on November 01, 2014, 11:06:48 AM
Golden 888 Dim Sum Pumpkin Glow iMontessori
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on November 01, 2014, 01:05:06 PM
Went to Joanne's Fabrics the other day and noticed this huge construction going on off of Armstrong. I thought it was another strip mall - turns out it is a new Montessori school, Milestone Montessori:

http://www.milestonesmontessori.com/

The building is huuuge! It's a preschool - 3rd grade program and by the looks of it, seems like there is a ton of money being made in early education.

The school is built. Just waiting on the certificate of occupancy from irvine. They expect to open sometime in November.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on November 01, 2014, 03:44:06 PM
Hmmm... sounds like someone might want to send their kid there. :)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on November 01, 2014, 04:15:32 PM
Btw, is Seafood City open?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on November 01, 2014, 04:32:59 PM
Btw, is Seafood City open?
Not yet. After I went to Joanne's I walked by the space to see how far they are... seems like quite a bit of interior work to do.

But I can confirm Jolly Bee, Grill City and Red Ribbon (bakery) are going to open up there too.

I'm wondering how many people will end up at Red Robin across the street or vice versa.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on November 01, 2014, 05:17:02 PM
Hmmm... sounds like someone might want to send their kid there. :)

Probably going to do a half day to start getting her transitioned to full time day care when she is older.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on November 01, 2014, 05:33:17 PM
My tip on touring preschools, if it doesn't smell like pee or poop when you walk in, it's a keeper
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on November 01, 2014, 06:08:35 PM
My tip on touring preschools, if it doesn't smell like pee or poop when you walk in, it's a keeper

im with you man, its brand spanking new, cant be all that bad. i didnt tour any other schools.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on November 03, 2014, 10:45:29 AM
Don't know if it has been mentioned but the Yogurtland in Diamond Jamboree closed down.  I was kinda of surprised as it was pretty popular but the combination of 85 Deg, Lollicup, and Meet Fresh probably killed profitability.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on November 03, 2014, 10:53:55 AM
My tip on touring preschools, if it doesn't smell like pee or poop when you walk in, it's a keeper

im with you man, its brand spanking new, cant be all that bad. i didnt tour any other schools.
I would at least tour 1 or 2 more.

They don't have it on their website but what kind of tuition are they charging?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on November 03, 2014, 01:07:07 PM
My tip on touring preschools, if it doesn't smell like pee or poop when you walk in, it's a keeper

im with you man, its brand spanking new, cant be all that bad. i didnt tour any other schools.
I would at least tour 1 or 2 more.

They don't have it on their website but what kind of tuition are they charging?

for under 18 months for 1 month is 1200. you pay an extra 60 to drop off from 7 to 8:30 and or 100 to drop off from 7am to 8:30 and also pickup from 3:30 to 6pm. so 1300 including before/after school daycare.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on November 03, 2014, 01:56:31 PM
Before and after school care?  We're talking about a 18 month old?  So otherwise it's what 10am to 3pm only?  What a scam.  Like buying a car and it didn't come with seats, it'll still work but just really inconvenient.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on November 03, 2014, 02:06:32 PM
Before and after school care?  We're talking about a 18 month old?  So otherwise it's what 10am to 3pm only?  What a scam.  Like buying a car and it didn't come with seats, it'll still work but just really inconvenient.

under 18 months is is 8:30 to 3pm, which im guessing is pretty standard. that cost about 1200/month. to be able to drop them between 7am and 8:30am is 50/month, if you want the after 3pm day care that is another 50/month, so 1300 including before/after daycare.
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Post by: paperboyNC on November 04, 2014, 08:19:06 AM
under 18 months is is 8:30 to 3pm, which im guessing is pretty standard. that cost about 1200/month. to be able to drop them between 7am and 8:30am is 50/month, if you want the after 3pm day care that is another 50/month, so 1300 including before/after daycare.

That's actually reasonable. When my son used to be in daycare they charged the same price for everyone from 6am to 6pm but we only had our son there from 10am to 5pm and I thought we deserved a discount.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: scooter on November 10, 2014, 10:17:35 AM
$1500 per month for us.  7AM - 6PM.  Snacks/Lunch are provided, if that makes a whole lot of difference
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: woodburyowner on November 12, 2014, 04:08:45 PM
Don't know if it has been mentioned but the Yogurtland in Diamond Jamboree closed down.  I was kinda of surprised as it was pretty popular but the combination of 85 Deg, Lollicup, and Meet Fresh probably killed profitability.

Wow, YL closed down?  This is the first one I can remember that has closed down.  Any others?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on December 09, 2014, 10:57:34 AM
Last week, while driving by, I saw that the Union Market (the food hall in the District) is open during construction.

Starting thread here:

http://www.talkirvine.com/index.php/topic,12497.0.html
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on December 09, 2014, 01:48:32 PM
The new shopirvine site is hard to navigate, also they took away the new store openings link?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: RibEye on December 10, 2014, 10:29:50 AM
That's the one.  It will probably open next month sometime.  They've run into a few setbacks with construction.

@remote access - any update as to when the Bonchon Chicken might open?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on December 10, 2014, 10:32:43 AM
That's the one.  It will probably open next month sometime.  They've run into a few setbacks with construction.

@remote access - any update as to when the Bonchon Chicken might open?
I went to Boudin next to it and it looks like the signage was taken down. Maybe they are not opening there anymore?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on December 10, 2014, 10:51:57 AM
when is burntzilla opening - i cant wait to go there.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on December 10, 2014, 10:57:13 AM
when is burntzilla opening - i cant wait to go there.
Yeah, that place is taking forever.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on December 10, 2014, 12:07:29 PM
when is burntzilla opening - i cant wait to go there.

Do they let you bring food into the foot massage place next door? :)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: RandomLetters on December 11, 2014, 09:49:35 AM
Saw that they're opening another custom pizza place in Irvine.
I'm generally a fan, but we've got to be close to the per capita limit at this point.

This one, Ugly Pie Co., will be in Orchard Hills Shopping Center.

http://uglypieco.com

They have another location in El Segundo, which has pretty good reviews.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/ugly-pie-company-el-segundo
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on December 11, 2014, 11:50:16 AM
Went to the 24-hour CVS off of Jeffrey and Alton and Pizza :90 looks close to opening.

So like frogurt, BYO personal pizzas are the new hautness.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: RandomLetters on December 11, 2014, 12:59:05 PM
I think I'll open a tart yogurt/custom pizza/cat poop coffee place. #PinkPie&Poo?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on December 11, 2014, 01:08:12 PM
I think I'll open a tart yogurt/custom pizza/cat poop coffee place. #PinkPie&Poo?

#PooPieLand
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on December 11, 2014, 01:11:22 PM
I just tried these pizza places for the first time. Pieology @spectrum. Pretty good except I can polish off one in one sitting. Must be that super thin crust.  Ordered 2 for 3 ppl. Prob needed to order one for each. Are they all like that?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on December 11, 2014, 01:18:08 PM
Interestingly enough, 3/4 of a Blaze pizza is enough for me.

I like that Mod has a mini size which is good with a salad.

I guess it depends on how many toppings you put on the pizza. Pieology and Mod have thinner crusts than Blaze (although Blaze is still thin).
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on December 11, 2014, 01:35:15 PM
Interestingly enough, 3/4 of a Blaze pizza is enough for me.


I mean.  Really?  Lies!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: RandomLetters on December 11, 2014, 02:01:11 PM
Interestingly enough, 3/4 of a Blaze pizza is enough for me.


I mean.  Really?  Lies!

Not a single hashtag, huh?  #NotSureYou'reReallyBones  #Imposter?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on December 11, 2014, 02:02:51 PM
Interestingly enough, 3/4 of a Blaze pizza is enough for me.


I mean.  Really?  Lies!
I was surprised too. I think maybe their crust is more filling? I dunno, try Blaze and update us.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Dom on December 22, 2014, 03:51:42 PM
Read some bad news on the OCR today. Bondi Grillhouse, which was scheduled to open in the Tustin Marketplace this month, is cancelled.

TIC says they have no potential tenants for the new building, which is next door to Bonefish.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: paperboyNC on December 22, 2014, 03:57:23 PM
Read some bad news on the OCR today. Bondi Grillhouse, which was scheduled to open in the Tustin Marketplace this month, is cancelled.

TIC says they have no potential tenants for the new building, which is next door to Bonefish.

I'm devastated.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on December 22, 2014, 04:00:09 PM
Read some bad news on the OCR today. Bondi Grillhouse, which was scheduled to open in the Tustin Marketplace this month, is cancelled.

TIC says they have no potential tenants for the new building, which is next door to Bonefish.

I'm devastated.

That is pretty amazing...didn't they tear down Black Angus to put up that restaurant?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on December 22, 2014, 04:09:46 PM
a miguel Jrs will be open up at the Tustin Marketplace across from the Home Depot

http://www.miguelsjr.com/

ive seen the one in Costa Mesa on 17th but have never eaten there. the menu is on the more limited side but has the basics.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: jmoney74 on December 22, 2014, 04:45:22 PM
a miguel Jrs will be open up at the Tustin Marketplace across from the Home Depot

http://www.miguelsjr.com/

ive seen the one in Costa Mesa on 17th but have never eaten there. the menu is on the more limited side but has the basics.

funny.. who was the one that got bet out of shape that they were closing down Mexican eateries. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: NYT on December 25, 2014, 01:22:34 PM
Yellowfin Fish Grill closed at least a couple weeks ago in Woodbury Town Center. Good riddance. They sucked as Oceanic Fish Grill, then they redecorated and made some changes to their menu and re-opened as Yellowfin. Too bad the quality/taste of their food didn't improve. I'm glad there's the space now for a new dining option there. Indian or Persian or Thai would be much appreciated.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: NYT on December 25, 2014, 01:23:27 PM
I just tried these pizza places for the first time. Pieology @spectrum. Pretty good except I can polish off one in one sitting. Must be that super thin crust.  Ordered 2 for 3 ppl. Prob needed to order one for each. Are they all like that?

Yup, pretty much need to order a pizza per person for average eaters. It's not a location-based issue.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: aquabliss on December 25, 2014, 01:43:39 PM
I wish they would put a Pieology in that location in Woodbury... Wishful thinking, plus I'd probably gain 10 lbs the first month.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: NYT on December 25, 2014, 02:06:33 PM
I wish they would put a Pieology in that location in Woodbury... Wishful thinking, plus I'd probably gain 10 lbs the first month.

I'd love that! But First Class Pizza is right there, and I'd guess they have a non-compete clause in their lease.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: RandomLetters on December 29, 2014, 02:31:29 PM
Peets in the District closed. 

In other news, Starbucks continues its world domination.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on December 29, 2014, 03:54:23 PM
Peets in the District closed. 

In other news, Starbucks continues its world domination.

Ahhh...just when the Union Market place was opening up.   That was a tough location for people to drop by.  The one at OH is super popular.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: RandomLetters on December 29, 2014, 03:58:46 PM
Peets in the District closed. 

In other news, Starbucks continues its world domination.

Ahhh...just when the Union Market place was opening up.   That was a tough location for people to drop by.  The one at OH is super popular.

Yep!  That location is my favorite alternate to the 45 min line at Starbucks @NP.

The only downside is all the shaved, spandex wearing bike riders.  #Scary!

Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: jmoney74 on December 29, 2014, 04:57:22 PM
Will there be another coffee shop opening up?  The worse is that they didn't let you bring it into AMC.  Had to hide it in my wife's purse.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on December 29, 2014, 05:54:09 PM
Yellowfin Fish Grill closed at least a couple weeks ago in Woodbury Town Center. Good riddance. They sucked as Oceanic Fish Grill, then they redecorated and made some changes to their menu and re-opened as Yellowfin. Too bad the quality/taste of their food didn't improve. I'm glad there's the space now for a new dining option there. Indian or Persian or Thai would be much appreciated.

We liked it at first and then they started jacking up the prices and making some sides "premium"...when two entrees start drifting into the $25 range, I don't need to go to a casual eatery for so so fish.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on December 29, 2014, 09:28:53 PM
Will there be another coffee shop opening up?  The worse is that they didn't let you bring it into AMC.  Had to hide it in my wife's purse.
In the Union Market food hall, Portola Coffee.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on December 30, 2014, 06:53:12 AM
Will there be another coffee shop opening up?  The worse is that they didn't let you bring it into AMC.  Had to hide it in my wife's purse.
In the Union Market food hall, Portola Coffee.

Hope they do this food hall right, suffered through another visit to the Anaheim Packing district.  No parking, no tables, no places to sit and eat your shitty overpriced food.  $20 for 6 popsicles??  GTFO
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on December 30, 2014, 07:04:07 AM
Will there be another coffee shop opening up?  The worse is that they didn't let you bring it into AMC.  Had to hide it in my wife's purse.
In the Union Market food hall, Portola Coffee.

Hope they do this food hall right, suffered through another visit to the Anaheim Packing district.  No parking, no tables, no places to sit and eat your shitty overpriced food.  $20 for 6 popsicles??  GTFO

The parking over there is already pretty bad IMO. Not sure how the food hall will make it better unless there's some plans underway I don't know about. Once whole foods opens up by the spectrum, I can't see myself going over there that much anymore if at all.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on December 30, 2014, 07:38:33 AM
Yep, the biggest issue with The District is parking and layout.

Whoever designed that center should be banned from retail design forever.

That road is going to get more traffic with all the pedestrians walking over to the Union Market.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on December 30, 2014, 07:41:34 AM
Some sort of pedestrian bridge from the parking lot over to the food hall should help.  Otherwise its gonna be a worse bottleneck.  I guess if you're gonna spend $10 at Portola coffee, valet should be a no brainer.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: RandomLetters on December 30, 2014, 08:19:07 AM
It'll be interesting to see the impact once tenants start moving into the nearby low income housing. 
There are a couple of potential culture clashes that could hurt business in the District:

Low income tenants vs. affluent Whole-Foods shoppers, and
"ethnically diverse" tenants vs. FCB Costco shoppers.

Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: jmoney74 on January 06, 2015, 05:18:20 PM
It'll be interesting to see the impact once tenants start moving into the nearby low income housing. 
There are a couple of potential culture clashes that could hurt business in the District:

Low income tenants vs. affluent Whole-Foods shoppers, and
"ethnically diverse" tenants vs. FCB Costco shoppers.

affluent Whole Food shoppers aren't shopping there enough.  The turnover on the food items is terrible.  Be careful for rotting food.  Picked up some cornbread that molded the very next day.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on January 06, 2015, 05:44:08 PM
It'll be interesting to see the impact once tenants start moving into the nearby low income housing. 
There are a couple of potential culture clashes that could hurt business in the District:

Low income tenants vs. affluent Whole-Foods shoppers, and
"ethnically diverse" tenants vs. FCB Costco shoppers.

affluent Whole Food shoppers aren't shopping there enough.  The turnover on the food items is terrible.  Be careful for rotting food.  Picked up some cornbread that molded the very next day.

I never got Whole Foods...everything is overpriced and easily available elsewhere for less.  Sprouts and Trader Joes are far better choices.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on January 06, 2015, 06:20:29 PM
It'll be interesting to see the impact once tenants start moving into the nearby low income housing. 
There are a couple of potential culture clashes that could hurt business in the District:

Low income tenants vs. affluent Whole-Foods shoppers, and
"ethnically diverse" tenants vs. FCB Costco shoppers.

affluent Whole Food shoppers aren't shopping there enough.  The turnover on the food items is terrible.  Be careful for rotting food.  Picked up some cornbread that molded the very next day.

I never got Whole Foods...everything is overpriced and easily available elsewhere for less.  Sprouts and Trader Joes are far better choices.

The meats are way better at WF. Fruit/veggies are sometimes better too. Also they have fresh bread. Each of those places serves a purpose. I have to shop at all 3 (and more) to get my grocery shopping done. Wish they would come out with a consolidated shopping emporium of sorts.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Vinster on January 07, 2015, 10:26:51 AM
How are you guys getting to the District?

I always enter through Warner or Tustin Ranch and don't have a problem with the traffic.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: The California Court Company on January 07, 2015, 10:43:50 AM
thousands of low income housing, apartments and homes are being built on that side of District. It is just a matter of time traffic will become bad there.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on January 07, 2015, 10:46:43 AM
How are you guys getting to the District?

I always enter through Warner or Tustin Ranch and don't have a problem with the traffic.
When you come in through Warner, have you gone down that street between the Costco and the gas station? It's like people don't know what a stop sign means.

And if you come in through Tustin Ranch, try turning into that Target, it's backed up there so much, people can't even back out of their spaces in front of Daphnes.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: The California Court Company on January 07, 2015, 11:14:36 AM
From Warner, make a U turn at Tustin Ranch, so you can get into the Costco parking lot by making a right turn on Warner. Once in the Costco parking lot (this is the least traffic area around the Costco), drive like a Paris and make your way and park between Lucilles and Lowes, so you skip the stop signs on Park Ave.

Similarly, if you are coming in from Tustin Ranch, you can make right turns into the same parking lot once you pass Target.

Then cross over Park Ave and head into the District. Make sure you cross as many intersections as many times as possible as a pedestrian, further impeding the road traffic.

How are you guys getting to the District?

I always enter through Warner or Tustin Ranch and don't have a problem with the traffic.
When you come in through Warner, have you gone down that street between the Costco and the gas station? It's like people don't know what a stop sign means.

And if you come in through Tustin Ranch, try turning into that Target, it's backed up there so much, people can't even back out of their spaces in front of Daphnes.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on January 07, 2015, 11:25:36 AM
Even the CPLS* is getting congested.

*CostcoParkingLotShortcut
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: The California Court Company on January 07, 2015, 11:32:13 AM
True, but vehicle or foot traffic around Lowes will always be less compared to other areas. Lowes (home improvement stores in general) : FCB, low-income housing, and young Millennials proof

Even the CPLS* is getting congested.

*CostcoParkingLotShortcut
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: zubs on January 07, 2015, 11:45:23 AM
I have been to that Target twice and both times I got stuck trying to get out.
I hate that target parking lot.
Perhaps it's because it has more people than other Targets,
or perhaps the design of the shopping center is fucked.

who knows.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on January 07, 2015, 12:03:09 PM
@zubs:

You are correct on the 2nd... worst design ever. And traffic will get worse as they build out Tustin Legacy.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: jmoney74 on January 07, 2015, 12:11:18 PM
I have been to that Target twice and both times I got stuck trying to get out.
I hate that target parking lot.
Perhaps it's because it has more people than other Targets,
or perhaps the design of the shopping center is fucked.

who knows.

The entrance to the shopping center is right there at the entrance of target.  Whoever designed the whole plaza must have been smoking that J.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on January 07, 2015, 03:03:09 PM
I have been to that Target twice and both times I got stuck trying to get out.
I hate that target parking lot.
Perhaps it's because it has more people than other Targets,
or perhaps the design of the shopping center is fucked.

who knows.

The entrance to the shopping center is right there at the entrance of target.  Whoever designed the whole plaza must have been smoking that J.

The entire place was badly designed....the place near TJ Maxx/Michaels is a disaster zone.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: gaogi on January 09, 2015, 04:46:21 PM
MCow Yakitori/Cafe is closed on Culver and the 5.  That restaurant was always kind of weird, where the two restaurant seems to share the same owner and kitchen, but they make you go through different doors.  I walked into the yakitori side the first time, thinking I can order the Taiwanese dishes there, but they told me I have to go next door, which is fine.  I went to the restroom and discovered that the two restaurants was actually connected and shares the same kitchen.  Odd that they choose not to make it one big restaurant and let you order yakitori or Taiwanese food.

It's now Boiling Point #2, which for now is by reservation only (the sign on the door says min. 2 hour in advance reservation required).  Hopefully this reduces the wait time for BP.  I would go to BP more often if not for the wait.  Heard BP also got the old Denny's building too.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on January 10, 2015, 08:35:41 AM
MCow Yakitori/Cafe is closed on Culver and the 5.  That restaurant was always kind of weird, where the two restaurant seems to share the same owner and kitchen, but they make you go through different doors.  I walked into the yakitori side the first time, thinking I can order the Taiwanese dishes there, but they told me I have to go next door, which is fine.  I went to the restroom and discovered that the two restaurants was actually connected and shares the same kitchen.  Odd that they choose not to make it one big restaurant and let you order yakitori or Taiwanese food.

It's now Boiling Point #2, which for now is by reservation only (the sign on the door says min. 2 hour in advance reservation required).  Hopefully this reduces the wait time for BP.  I would go to BP more often if not for the wait.  Heard BP also got the old Denny's building too.

That's what they get for pissing me off, gave them my Kobe ps9 death stare curse.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Coleman on January 10, 2015, 10:14:34 AM
If one wants to get yakitori - they don't want to think that they are being served in a Taiwanese restaurant.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on January 12, 2015, 08:58:46 AM
MCow Yakitori/Cafe is closed on Culver and the 5.  That restaurant was always kind of weird, where the two restaurant seems to share the same owner and kitchen, but they make you go through different doors.  I walked into the yakitori side the first time, thinking I can order the Taiwanese dishes there, but they told me I have to go next door, which is fine.  I went to the restroom and discovered that the two restaurants was actually connected and shares the same kitchen.  Odd that they choose not to make it one big restaurant and let you order yakitori or Taiwanese food.

It's now Boiling Point #2, which for now is by reservation only (the sign on the door says min. 2 hour in advance reservation required).  Hopefully this reduces the wait time for BP.  I would go to BP more often if not for the wait.  Heard BP also got the old Denny's building too.

BP is fine for what it is...a little pricey but good on a cold day.  Their "broth" is not all that great.  Lunch is the same price as dinner except you get a drink.

I don't quite get why they have two locations in the same mall...seems like a good way to cannibalize sales.  DJ or elsewhere in Irvine makes more sense to me. 

I remember when I was younger, they had hot pot buffets with individualized hot pots.  I would totally got there for like $15 rather then spending like $11 for BP.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: RibEye on January 13, 2015, 07:25:43 AM
when is burntzilla opening - i cant wait to go there.

I spoke to one of the owners this weekend, and they are aiming to open in the next 2-3 weeks, barring any delays.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Homer_Simpson on January 14, 2015, 09:34:19 AM
MCow Yakitori/Cafe is closed on Culver and the 5.  That restaurant was always kind of weird, where the two restaurant seems to share the same owner and kitchen, but they make you go through different doors.  I walked into the yakitori side the first time, thinking I can order the Taiwanese dishes there, but they told me I have to go next door, which is fine.  I went to the restroom and discovered that the two restaurants was actually connected and shares the same kitchen.  Odd that they choose not to make it one big restaurant and let you order yakitori or Taiwanese food.

It's now Boiling Point #2, which for now is by reservation only (the sign on the door says min. 2 hour in advance reservation required).  Hopefully this reduces the wait time for BP.  I would go to BP more often if not for the wait.  Heard BP also got the old Denny's building too.

BP is fine for what it is...a little pricey but good on a cold day.  Their "broth" is not all that great.  Lunch is the same price as dinner except you get a drink.

I don't quite get why they have two locations in the same mall...seems like a good way to cannibalize sales.  DJ or elsewhere in Irvine makes more sense to me. 

I remember when I was younger, they had hot pot buffets with individualized hot pots.  I would totally got there for like $15 rather then spending like $11 for BP.

The rent at DJ is much much higher... They did inquire about it already. 

For a good hot pot place, Jazz Cat is pretty good!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: The California Court Company on January 14, 2015, 11:05:55 AM
DTF in Arcadia has two locations that are within walking distance (same street, different street numbers) and the business is still good. Not saying BP is in the same league as DTF, but I am surprised out of town guests know about BP and want to visit it.

MCow Yakitori/Cafe is closed on Culver and the 5.  That restaurant was always kind of weird, where the two restaurant seems to share the same owner and kitchen, but they make you go through different doors.  I walked into the yakitori side the first time, thinking I can order the Taiwanese dishes there, but they told me I have to go next door, which is fine.  I went to the restroom and discovered that the two restaurants was actually connected and shares the same kitchen.  Odd that they choose not to make it one big restaurant and let you order yakitori or Taiwanese food.

It's now Boiling Point #2, which for now is by reservation only (the sign on the door says min. 2 hour in advance reservation required).  Hopefully this reduces the wait time for BP.  I would go to BP more often if not for the wait.  Heard BP also got the old Denny's building too.

BP is fine for what it is...a little pricey but good on a cold day.  Their "broth" is not all that great.  Lunch is the same price as dinner except you get a drink.

I don't quite get why they have two locations in the same mall...seems like a good way to cannibalize sales.  DJ or elsewhere in Irvine makes more sense to me. 

I remember when I was younger, they had hot pot buffets with individualized hot pots.  I would totally got there for like $15 rather then spending like $11 for BP.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on January 14, 2015, 12:09:57 PM
MCow Yakitori/Cafe is closed on Culver and the 5.  That restaurant was always kind of weird, where the two restaurant seems to share the same owner and kitchen, but they make you go through different doors.  I walked into the yakitori side the first time, thinking I can order the Taiwanese dishes there, but they told me I have to go next door, which is fine.  I went to the restroom and discovered that the two restaurants was actually connected and shares the same kitchen.  Odd that they choose not to make it one big restaurant and let you order yakitori or Taiwanese food.

It's now Boiling Point #2, which for now is by reservation only (the sign on the door says min. 2 hour in advance reservation required).  Hopefully this reduces the wait time for BP.  I would go to BP more often if not for the wait.  Heard BP also got the old Denny's building too.

BP is fine for what it is...a little pricey but good on a cold day.  Their "broth" is not all that great.  Lunch is the same price as dinner except you get a drink.

I don't quite get why they have two locations in the same mall...seems like a good way to cannibalize sales.  DJ or elsewhere in Irvine makes more sense to me. 

I remember when I was younger, they had hot pot buffets with individualized hot pots.  I would totally got there for like $15 rather then spending like $11 for BP.

The rent at DJ is much much higher... They did inquire about it already. 

For a good hot pot place, Jazz Cat is pretty good!

Sure but you get a lot more traffic there as well...obviously I didn't do the balance sheets/analysis but it just seems weird that the two branches are so close to together.   Even the 99 Ranch Mall on Culver would be a good place to be...Orangetree is also an alternative.  That location where the pho place used to be is on their third iteration of restaurants.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on January 16, 2015, 06:48:54 AM
The pizza craze is still going strong. Tried to go to pieology @ marketplace last night around 6:30/7 and the place was jam packed with a super long line.  Went next door to veggie grill. Place was doing good business - prob getting some overflow from pieology. Ended up leaving bc I couldn't bring myself to get fake chicken. Drove over to the 302 area.  302 was decently busy, g burger and that sandwich place was dead. Ended up trying California gogi which apparently just opened last week. Really friendly staff but food was so-so and salty. I feel like if I want real korean, I should just spend $5-10 more bucks and go to a real korean restaurant.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on January 16, 2015, 01:04:13 PM
The pizza craze is still going strong. Tried to go to pieology @ marketplace last night around 6:30/7 and the place was jam packed with a super long line.  Went next door to veggie grill. Place was doing good business - prob getting some overflow from pieology. Ended up leaving bc I couldn't bring myself to get fake chicken. Drove over to the 302 area.  302 was decently busy, g burger and that sandwich place was dead. Ended up trying California gogi which apparently just opened last week. Really friendly staff but food was so-so and salty. I feel like if I want real korean, I should just spend $5-10 more bucks and go to a real korean restaurant.

That's disappointing to hear...I was hoping for a good quick-Korean place. 

I wasn't a big pieology fan at first but I'm a convert.  For the price you pay and the size of the pizza...it's a bargain. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on January 16, 2015, 01:06:37 PM
I didn't like Gogi at first (the one by UCI), but I've grown to like it for a fast Korean food fix.

I still don't know why Pieology gets so crowded, Blaze has a superior product (even Mod is better to me).
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: SoCal on January 16, 2015, 01:26:50 PM
I still don't know why Pieology gets so crowded, Blaze has a superior product (even Mod is better to me).

Oh my gosh. That reminds me of the Pieology at the Spectrum. I go the Spectrum every week on a weekday around noon and each time I drive by, I'm rubber-necking like...  :o It's sooo crowded. But then again so is next door at Urban Seoul - probably even moreso!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on January 16, 2015, 01:27:40 PM
You guys should try out the new location and report back.  I had the "stacked" bowl which is what I got over at the UCI one.  They also have a "mixed" bowl (bimbambap) and some special menu too (ramen, tonkatsu, etc) which I don't think the UCI location had. I haven't been over to that food court area in awhile and was pleasantly surprised to see they got rid of half that parking lot and made it into more seating and a grass area.  Pretty kid friendly and lots for everyone to choose from in case people are craving different things. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on January 16, 2015, 04:18:21 PM
http://www.yelp.com/biz/kingchops-irvine

Pork chop fans rejoice, kingchops is now open (soft?) in Irvine.  Paired with a cold can of Sarsparilla and I'm happy.  Anyone try it yet?  Same area as iTea and 4 seas, guess that center doesn't have a no competition clause.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: gaogi on January 16, 2015, 04:58:55 PM
http://www.yelp.com/biz/kingchops-irvine

Pork chop fans rejoice, kingchops is now open (soft?) in Irvine.  Paired with a cold can of Sarsparilla and I'm happy.  Anyone try it yet?  Same area as iTea and 4 seas, guess that center doesn't have a no competition clause.

Went there for lunch today.  Pork chop is not bad, seasoned on the sweet side, and they use very little breading/potato starch on the pork.  Rice was a little clumpy, water was warm (for that authentic Taiwan experience).  $9.15 is a little on the pricy side though.  Service was good, seems like the owner knows how to run a restaurant.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on January 16, 2015, 05:21:43 PM
Cool, can't wait to try it.  I vaguely remember a place in Taiwan called 'pork chop big king' in direct translation, wonder if it's the same business. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: gaogi on January 19, 2015, 10:36:52 AM
Cool, can't wait to try it.  I vaguely remember a place in Taiwan called 'pork chop big king' in direct translation, wonder if it's the same business. 

The Chinese name roughly translate to golden dollar/garden/circle is a pretty generic pork chop store name.  Kind of like how all Chinese BBQ name is some variation of Sam Woo, but they're not all the same.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: RandomLetters on January 19, 2015, 02:38:10 PM
Anyone try California Gogi in TMP yet?

Walked by on the way to Class 302 the other night and it looked like ghost town. 

Maybe I missed the crowd?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on January 19, 2015, 04:19:06 PM
Another sandwich shop (this one's Italian) opening up at marketplace:

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforkinit/2015/01/new_italian_sandwich_shop_to_open_at_irvinetustin_marketplace.php

Article mentions another urban plates coming to marketplace as well. Didn't know that. Anyone know where exactly?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on January 19, 2015, 04:22:54 PM
Anyone try California Gogi in TMP yet?

Walked by on the way to Class 302 the other night and it looked like ghost town. 

Maybe I missed the crowd?


http://www.talkirvine.com/index.php/topic,1956.msg250503.html#msg250503

Tried it last week - see link. Wasn't crowded when I went either. Wonder how long it'll survive since the foods not very good. Unlike the UCI location, it doesn't have the benefit of all the asian college kids.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: RandomLetters on January 19, 2015, 04:37:26 PM
Sorry-- missed your post.

I tried Urban Seoul on a whim and found it surprisingly good.  Was hoping for similar result at Gogi.
I'll still give it a try at some point-- if it's still around.

I hope you're right abt Urban Plates.  That'll be a nice addition to the rotation.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on January 23, 2015, 09:25:49 AM
University [Town] Center update:

Berkeley Dog closed. :(

One of the few places in Irvine that served corned beef hash.

A new shaved snow place called Snow Monster took over the spot where Snowflakez was.

Chick-Fil-A opened.

Salad Republic closed (not a shocker).

A new sandwich shop called Jimmy John's opened (never been).

Mendocino Farms and Slapfish are opening soon.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Homer_Simpson on January 23, 2015, 10:11:10 AM
University [Town] Center update:

Berkeley Dog closed. :(

One of the few places in Irvine that served corned beef hash.

A new shaved snow place called Snow Monster took over the spot where Snowflakez was.

Chick-Fil-A opened.

Salad Republic closed (not a shocker).

A new sandwich shop called Jimmy John's opened (never been).

Mendocino Farms and Slapfish are opening soon.

I actually like the drinks at Snow Monster... They originated from the Bolsa area...
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on January 30, 2015, 01:15:31 PM
when is burntzilla opening - i cant wait to go there.

I spoke to one of the owners this weekend, and they are aiming to open in the next 2-3 weeks, barring any delays.
Must be delays.

How long does it take to open a hotdog and sliders eatery? Man.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: SoCal on January 30, 2015, 01:47:15 PM
I'm posting here instead of "Food & Dining" so Iho doesn't spank me again for creating a double post in a different area. If it hasn't been mentioned already (from my brief skim, I don't think it has, search feature is on-again / off-again) Johnnie's New York Pizzeria has closed in Orchard Hills. It was already mentioned here that the Ugly Pie Co. will be moving in, well, that is the spot it's taking. Not to be confused with Johnny's Real New York Pizza in Quail Hill. I hope this helps.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: SoCal on February 14, 2015, 07:30:38 PM
Does anyone know who will be moving into the retail & commercial site at the corner of Alton & Barranca in the "Great Park"? I hope it's something good. The TI search feature is still broken for me so I don't know if it has already been mentioned somewhere.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: paperboyNC on February 16, 2015, 08:33:03 AM
Does anyone know who will be moving into the retail & commercial site at the corner of Alton & Barranca in the "Great Park"? I hope it's something good. The TI search feature is still broken for me so I don't know if it has already been mentioned somewhere.

Broadcom

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/broadcom-642054-irvine-company.html

"Irvine-based tech giant Broadcom will move to Great Park Neighborhoods after agreeing to buy land for a new 1.1 million-square-foot corporate headquarters, the company announced Thursday. It has the option to expand to up to 2 million square feet. The campus will be designed by M. Arthur Gensler Jr. & Associates, Inc. and built by DPR Construction. It will include development labs and open-office work spaces. "
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: SoCal on February 16, 2015, 10:03:47 AM
O.k., thanks. Any word on the merchants?? Crossing my fingers for some good shopping.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: paperboyNC on February 16, 2015, 02:40:52 PM
O.k., thanks. Any word on the merchants?? Crossing my fingers for some good shopping.

I think we're many years away from any great park retail. Retail is usually the quickest to build and occupy so they plan it last. I'd think 2017 would be when we'd start to hear about some retailers.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on February 16, 2015, 03:16:46 PM
I think we're many years away from any great park retail. Retail is usually the quickest to build and occupy so they plan it last.
Unless it's Orchard Hills. They did the reverse. :)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: The California Court Company on February 16, 2015, 03:19:32 PM
that is a special case, at the height of housing bubble. even to this day you have to be careful about stale/expired food in Vons

I think we're many years away from any great park retail. Retail is usually the quickest to build and occupy so they plan it last.
Unless it's Orchard Hills. They did the reverse. :)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on February 17, 2015, 02:32:48 PM
O.k., thanks. Any word on the merchants?? Crossing my fingers for some good shopping.

I think we're many years away from any great park retail. Retail is usually the quickest to build and occupy so they plan it last. I'd think 2017 would be when we'd start to hear about some retailers.

Is this true?  Seems like that WF @ Spectrum is going to take an awfully long time to build/occupy.  I think they broke ground middle of last year.  Scheduled for Spring 2016 opening which probably means summer 2016. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeshopper on February 19, 2015, 01:55:05 AM

Gensler is a top architectural firm in the country. Besides the Broadcom campus this firm is also planning the Great Park overall plan and connectivity. Continuity and organic fluidity is crucial for a successful city. The biggest problem of all suburbs is each neighborhood has its fortresses walls and few pedestrians ever ventures out of the walls to walk to other neighborhoods or to retail. As a result we see all these sidewalks, crosswalks and parkways but not a soul. The big idea of Beacon Park and PP is front doors greet the streets thus eliminating the prison walls that hide the neighborhoods.


Does anyone know who will be moving into the retail & commercial site at the corner of Alton & Barranca in the "Great Park"? I hope it's something good. The TI search feature is still broken for me so I don't know if it has already been mentioned somewhere.

Broadcom

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/broadcom-642054-irvine-company.html

"Irvine-based tech giant Broadcom will move to Great Park Neighborhoods after agreeing to buy land for a new 1.1 million-square-foot corporate headquarters, the company announced Thursday. It has the option to expand to up to 2 million square feet. The campus will be designed by M. Arthur Gensler Jr. & Associates, Inc. and built by DPR Construction. It will include development labs and open-office work spaces. "
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on February 24, 2015, 10:48:11 AM
Got an email that the CPK on Michelson closed yesterday.

Last time I was there, they were looking for a space to move to but maybe not.

All the Build Your Own pizza places probably killed their business (why pay $15 when you can pay $7.50?).
To confirm what Joe Irvine said in the breakfast thread, CPK is indeed opening in the El Cholo spot off of Jeffrey and Alton. It's weird because Pizza:90 is also opening nearby where the old ZPizza was.

And MooYa looks close to opening its doors... although not sure how well they will do considering SmashBurger down the road doesn't seem to busy and there is a McDs just across the parking lot.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on March 10, 2015, 12:45:57 PM
I guess Mooyah opened yesterday in Alton Square (off of Alton/Jeffrey).

My kid thought (hoped) it was Korean food but it's a burger/hot dog/fries place.

We'll check it out this week.

Also a place called Cookie Connection opened in the Crossroads plaza (next to that new Floyds 99 barbershop... which was strange since there is a HairMasters in the same row of shops).
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on March 10, 2015, 12:59:01 PM

Also a place called Cookie Connection opened in the Crossroads plaza (next to that new Floyds 99 barbershop... which was strange since there is a HairMasters in the same row of shops).

It's expensive for a cookie.  $2.50 for one IIRC.  I wonder how these places survive in a strip mall.  Maybe they do a lot of parties & custom orders?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on March 10, 2015, 01:37:18 PM

Also a place called Cookie Connection opened in the Crossroads plaza (next to that new Floyds 99 barbershop... which was strange since there is a HairMasters in the same row of shops).

It's expensive for a cookie.  $2.50 for one IIRC.  I wonder how these places survive in a strip mall.  Maybe they do a lot of parties & custom orders?

ill have to try out the cookie connection. the place i love in San Diego (https://thecravory.com/) charges $2/cookie at their store.  my sister in law is coming up this weekend and bringing me a dozen of them. ill see how this place stacks up. the cravory in San Diego does pretty well with a lot of online orders and business orders.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on March 10, 2015, 01:42:24 PM
The cookies at Stacks in the University center are actually pretty good.

Their prices are reasonable, I think it's 79-99cents for one. They are not that big... but then their ice cream is also a good price, $1.99 for a single, $2.99 for a double... so <$3 for a 2 cookies with a scoop of ice cream in between is actually a good deal.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: SoCal on March 10, 2015, 02:09:28 PM
$2.00-2.50 a cookie is robbery. Yesterday, I baked 2 dozen peanut butter cookies (the old-fashioned crosshatch kind) of generous size for under $3. And it would've been even cheaper had I bought the secret ingredient, which is the priciest part of it, at Costco instead of the grocery store.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: SoCal on March 10, 2015, 02:37:20 PM
Qwerty, is it bad that I want to blindfold you and feed you cookies? I want to force a taste test on you and see if you can tell the difference between a $2 cookie and a $2 per dozen homemade cookie. I think homemade cookies are so much better but I do get the convenience aspect of buying them. People pay for convenience.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on March 10, 2015, 03:42:32 PM
Qwerty, is it bad that I want to blindfold you and feed you cookies? I want to force a taste test on you and see if you can tell the difference between a $2 cookie and a $2 per dozen homemade cookie. I think homemade cookies are so much better but I do get the convenience aspect of buying them. People pay for convenience.  the cravory cookies are the best i have ever had, very moist and rich. home made cookies normally dont come out that good. but i dont really know any good bakers, other than you of course :-)

Socal - is it bad that i have dreamt about you blindfolding me and feeding me cookies? :-)

yeah it is definitely for convenience, on occasion i pay $36 for a dozen (including shipping) to get cookies from the cravory. although they come up with some pretty unique flavors that we would never be able to make.

Socal - have you ever made anything like these flavors? these are the flavor of the month. my sister in law is going to include one of each flavor as part of the dozen she is bringing me.

https://thecravory.com/product-category/flavors-of-the-month/
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: SoCal on March 10, 2015, 05:52:04 PM
Sorry for the late reply. I was busy ordering the Shamrock Milkshake cookies.  :) Kidding! They do look good, though.

I noticed when you quoted me, you "put cookies in my mouth". I'm pretty sure I never said half of that.  :D But I believe you that they are moist and rich. Looking through their site, it seems a lot of their cookies are what's called a "crinkle cookie". (The ones where the icing looks cracked on top.) Crinkle cookies are actually made with a thickened cake batter. They are very easy to make! If you ever feel like making them at home, I recommend using those search terms. I make them sometimes like the red velvet and the lemon. The nice thing about baking is that it is science. There is a formula. And from one base, the combinations and possibilities are endless.

Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on March 10, 2015, 09:09:29 PM
i tried the cookie connection today. dont waste your money. cookies are not sweet and are not moist.  they are ok. the cravory in san diego is a $2 cookie that tastes like a $5 cookie. the cookie connection tastes like a mass produced cookie. oreos are much better than cookie connection.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: traceimage on March 11, 2015, 03:49:09 PM
Speaking of expensive cookies, have you guys tried Baking Betty's at Fashion Island? They are ridiculously expensive, and not even that good. Seriously, the 3 for $1 cookies at McDs are better. I don't know why people would pay so much for a cookie.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on March 11, 2015, 04:06:00 PM
I don't know why people would pay so much for a cookie.

because we have wives that dont bake!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Happiness on March 11, 2015, 04:21:16 PM
Every UCLA student/alum speaks longingly about Diddy Riese in Westwood Village.  Delicious cookies and cheap.  2 freshly baked cookies and a scoop of ice cream used to cost a buck.   
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on March 11, 2015, 04:25:38 PM
http://www.diddyriese.com/menu/

look at those prices. crazy. 35 cents for a cookie. $1.75 for a cookie ice cream sandwich.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: rkp on March 11, 2015, 04:39:55 PM
to be fair, college taste buds are not that sophisticated.  i loved diddy riese 15 years ago and went there at least once a week during the summers but when i tried it a couple years ago, the cookies were hard and the ice cream had way too much sugar. 

carmela ice cream needs to come to OC...now thats a tasty ice cream sandwich!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on March 11, 2015, 04:45:37 PM
There is a new creamistry place opening up next to burntzilla. Can't temeber the name.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on March 11, 2015, 05:23:42 PM
There is a new creamistry place opening up next to burntzilla. Can't temeber the name.
ScoopsNScoops.

Sounds like cleaning up after your dogs.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: lnc on March 11, 2015, 07:10:00 PM
There is a new creamistry place opening up next to burntzilla. Can't temeber the name.
ScoopsNScoops.

Sounds like cleaning up after your dogs.

Ahhhh!  Now I don't think I can ever go there without thinking what you just said.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Kangen.Irvine on March 11, 2015, 08:35:57 PM
I didn't even attend UCLA (SLO!) and can't forget about Diddy Riese and the exceptional prices. Of course Irvine believes in raising prices to create a luxury demand instead of a lower price attracting lots of interest. Are cookies inelastic goods?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: jumpcut on March 11, 2015, 09:14:03 PM
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Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: lnc on March 11, 2015, 09:52:00 PM
Did someone stole jumpcut's post count?  :)



Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on March 11, 2015, 10:18:42 PM
Did someone stole jumpcut's post count?  :)
I did. At least this thread I did.

jumpcut was BD (before deletions).
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: SoCal on March 13, 2015, 09:01:58 AM
Speaking of expensive cookies, have you guys tried Baking Betty's at Fashion Island? They are ridiculously expensive, and not even that good. Seriously, the 3 for $1 cookies at McDs are better. I don't know why people would pay so much for a cookie.

Ikr?! Thank you!

And I wasn't going to say anything but I had those cookies 3x last week. (That isn't normal for me. It was a bad week.) They are my favorite. I also like the white chocolate chip macademia nut at Subway.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: SoCal on March 13, 2015, 09:15:17 AM
I don't know why people would pay so much for a cookie.

because we have wives that dont bake!!!!!!!!!!!

Impossible! You're saying it's NOT part of the "job interview"? I heard that "the best way to a man's heart is through his stomach" so I often used to bake Mr. SoCal a batch of cookies when we were dating and drive them down to him.  :)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvine Dream on March 13, 2015, 09:50:10 AM
I don't know why people would pay so much for a cookie.

because we have wives that dont bake!!!!!!!!!!!

Impossible! You're saying it's NOT part of the "job interview"? I heard that "the best way to a man's heart is through his stomach" so I often used to bake Mr. SoCal a batch of cookies when we were dating and drive them down to him.  :)

"Wifes don't bake" is the key word here.  Even you looks like go out for cookies now per your post. >:D
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: SoCal on March 13, 2015, 09:55:41 AM
"Wifes don't bake" is the key word here.  Even you looks like go out for cookies now per your post. >:D

I don't have a wife.  :)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: aquabliss on March 13, 2015, 09:57:11 AM
I guess I got lucky.  My wife lets me  scour through cookbooks and websites every week and I  can  pick  whatever meals I want and she will cook them, including soup / appetizer / dessert / etc. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvine Dream on March 13, 2015, 09:59:39 AM
"Wifes don't bake" is the key word here.  Even you looks like go out for cookies now per your post. >:D

I don't have a wife.  :)
That is a good retort. :-[

So, the conclusion is - GF to cook and capture mans heart to become their wives
                                 Men to keep your wives, have them eat out
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvine Dream on March 13, 2015, 10:01:34 AM
I guess I got lucky.  My wife lets me  scour through cookbooks and websites every week and I  can  pick  whatever meals I want and she will cook them, including soup / appetizer / dessert / etc.
Is your wife auditioning for "Wife Swap" show? 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on March 13, 2015, 10:04:42 AM
I don't know why people would pay so much for a cookie.

because we have wives that dont bake!!!!!!!!!!!

Impossible! You're saying it's NOT part of the "job interview"? I heard that "the best way to a man's heart is through his stomach" so I often used to bake Mr. SoCal a batch of cookies when we were dating and drive them down to him.  :)

my first criteria is the 80% rule (of my earnings) and typically if they can hit that they are not going to be good cooks or they are not going to want to cook (takeout).
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on March 13, 2015, 10:06:05 AM
I don't know why people would pay so much for a cookie.

because we have wives that dont bake!!!!!!!!!!!

Impossible! You're saying it's NOT part of the "job interview"? I heard that "the best way to a man's heart is through his stomach" so I often used to bake Mr. SoCal a batch of cookies when we were dating and drive them down to him.  :)
I'm assuming for qwercookie the best way to his heart is bit lower.

I'm in the camp that if the wife works, she doesn't have to cook.

Does aquabliss' wife work full time?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: SoCal on March 13, 2015, 10:43:37 AM
I'm assuming for qwercookie the best way to his heart is bit lower.

Yep. The wallet.  ;)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: aquabliss on March 13, 2015, 11:05:22 AM
I guess I got lucky.  My wife lets me  scour through cookbooks and websites every week and I  can  pick  whatever meals I want and she will cook them, including soup / appetizer / dessert / etc.
Is your wife auditioning for "Wife Swap" show? 

If your name is Cash Warren, we can probably work something out...
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: lnc on March 13, 2015, 11:11:16 AM
"Wifes don't bake" is the key word here.  Even you looks like go out for cookies now per your post. >:D

I don't have a wife.  :)
That is a good retort. :-[

So, the conclusion is - GF to cook and capture mans heart to become their wives
                                 Men to keep your wives, have them eat out


This happen quite often when you upgrade Girlfriend 3.0 to Wife 1.0 and the cooking app suddenly disappeared or just stop working completely.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: iacrenter on March 13, 2015, 11:36:29 AM
Orchard Hills will be getting a Haggen grocery store. They will be taking over Pavilions in May. According the the article, Haggens is a cross between Wholefoods and Safeway. I'm looking forward to the change.

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/stores-654004-vons-albertsons.html
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on March 13, 2015, 11:38:24 AM
I thought you meant the ice cream store...
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Soylent Green Is People on March 13, 2015, 12:12:59 PM
The Vons off of Los Alisos and 241 near SGIP is converting to a Haggen also. It's supposed to be a bit Whole Foods/Trader Joes/traditional store set up. We'll see.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on March 13, 2015, 12:36:53 PM
This conversion is good news.  Could use a WF/TJ-like grocery store this side of town.  But last time I was promised a WF-like anything (that lame Korean market in Woodbridge), it fizzled so yup, we'll see....
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Bullsback on March 13, 2015, 12:56:15 PM
Anyone know if they are as pricey as Whole Foods or kind of an in-between?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Kangen.Irvine on March 13, 2015, 08:15:44 PM
Agree. Perhaps Haggen could anchor TICs new commitment to the Woodbridge Village Center. Wishful thinking?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: traceimage on March 13, 2015, 11:53:24 PM
Even though I am totally opposed to expensive cookies, we tried Cookie Connection today because we were in the area and my son wanted a cookie. The cookies looked like nothing special to me, but he said it was the BEST SUGAR COOKIE HE'S HAD IN HIS WHOLE LIFE. He also tried a snickerdoodle because he got a second cookie free and it was the BEST SNICKERDOODLE HE'S HAD IN HIS WHOLE LIFE. So there's that. Rave reviews from the little kid demographic.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Harajuku on April 09, 2015, 11:33:56 AM
Does anybody know what is being built at Dimension+Prism next to Lake Forest Wildfire Gym?  I thought I read somewhere they were building a Montessori school but there is already one very nearby. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on April 09, 2015, 11:43:09 AM
the guafree at culver/alton next to smashburger closed up shop at least several weeks ago.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: eyephone on April 09, 2015, 11:50:53 AM
I just noticed that yogurt land at the daimond jambaree plaza closed down. I don't know.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on April 09, 2015, 12:12:19 PM
Does anybody know what is being built at Dimension+Prism next to Lake Forest Wildfire Gym?  I thought I read somewhere they were building a Montessori school but there is already one very nearby. 

This maybe?

http://patch.com/california/lakeforest-ca/planning-commission-preview-dogs-and-kids
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Harajuku on April 09, 2015, 12:16:05 PM
Does anybody know what is being built at Dimension+Prism next to Lake Forest Wildfire Gym?  I thought I read somewhere they were building a Montessori school but there is already one very nearby. 

This maybe?

http://patch.com/california/lakeforest-ca/planning-commission-preview-dogs-and-kids

Thanks.  A bit misplaced for a preschool IMO.  Lots of trucks are parked on that street, at least on the weekend when I take my kid to the gym. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on April 22, 2015, 10:08:07 AM
Just noticed this, new Del Taco on Main close to Harvard where the old Burger King used to be.

Thought they were going to convert that to another Habit. :)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: GH on April 22, 2015, 10:42:15 AM
Does anybody know what is being built at Dimension+Prism next to Lake Forest Wildfire Gym?  I thought I read somewhere they were building a Montessori school but there is already one very nearby. 

This maybe?

http://patch.com/california/lakeforest-ca/planning-commission-preview-dogs-and-kids

Thanks.  A bit misplaced for a preschool IMO.  Lots of trucks are parked on that street, at least on the weekend when I take my kid to the gym.

Another Montessori school ?  Fulbright Montessori Academy is like two blocks away (along Atlantic Ocean Dr) .. guess Montessori is not only an Irvine thing  :)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: SoCal on April 22, 2015, 04:18:55 PM
Just a random thought. That placed called "Barefoot Bowls" needs to work on their name. I was browsing the internet today and stumbled across it. I just assumed it was a pedicure place! I was picturing bare feet being scrubbed. When I found out it was a food place, I just about threw up.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on April 23, 2015, 06:26:52 AM
Charlie palmers at SCP is closing for yup... yet another gourmet burger place (a vegas chain).

http://m.ocregister.com/articles/palmer-652913-restaurant-burger.html
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on April 23, 2015, 06:32:17 AM
This is great, Holsteins is really good.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on April 23, 2015, 06:37:36 AM
They better lower prices.  I'll spend $80+ for burgers and beer in Vegas but not in OC.  For me it's a convenience/destination restaurant that fits like a glove with the rest of Cosmo.  Not so with super conservative OC.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on April 23, 2015, 06:40:50 AM
This sounds really asian but I rather eat at DTF and get an in/out burger on the way home. All burgers taste about the same to me :)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on April 23, 2015, 06:46:29 AM
Well you can get a $20 'milkshake' at Holsteins while you walk around SCP waiting for your DTF table.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on April 23, 2015, 01:06:38 PM
I think Poops... err Scoops N Scoops opened up.

It's the ice cream shop next to Burntzilla.

I remember when that strip of stores was Golden Spoon, WokMan, Mrs. Fields Cookies and KFC.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on April 23, 2015, 01:17:07 PM
Early Haggen reviews are meh.  Complaints about pricing so apparently, they've lowered prices on hundreds of items:

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/haggen-659029-stores-store.html

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/stores-659111-foods-market.html
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Happiness on April 23, 2015, 01:19:12 PM
I think Poops... err Scoops N Scoops opened up.

It's the ice cream shop next to Burntzilla.

I remember when that strip of stores was Golden Spoon, WokMan, Mrs. Fields Cookies and KFC.
It still creeps me out that there is a massage parlor where Mrs. Fields. was.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on May 07, 2015, 01:06:27 PM
(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff390/Ps99472/3991D6C9-C9C2-420F-883A-89FF36122B68_zpsvxin8obn.png)

Free pizza!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on May 07, 2015, 01:49:25 PM
We went last week... it's not as good as the Blaze/Mod/Piology crowd as these are more "gourmet-style" pizzas.

They are chintzy on the toppings and very slow (maybe because they just opened). The place really looks nice (I wonder how much they spent on decor) and they have a Coke Freestyle machine (the kids love those things).

Blaze is still our number one choice for MYO pizzas.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on May 11, 2015, 04:34:18 PM
Haggen opened in Orchard Hills, initial yelps are not good
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: jmoney74 on May 11, 2015, 04:39:03 PM
is that a grocery store?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: The California Court Company on May 11, 2015, 05:11:30 PM
lol Haggen fails in printed advertisement. At the intersection of Portola and Sand Canyon. Yeah right
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on May 11, 2015, 09:28:41 PM
ps9:

A sad day today. Jalapenos is closed.

I had no idea and they didn't give any indication (other than charging 50 cents for chips).

I don't even know when they closed... maybe April 30th? The windows already have those TIC retail murals on them.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on May 11, 2015, 10:01:22 PM
That irvine shopping center is the death knell for restaurants:

RIP Jalapenos, I will miss your al pastor tacos and your unhealthy greasy chips. 

I bet TIC refused the lease renewal.  No way they ran out of business.  That's the busiest food spot in the entire shopping center. 

So no more tacos, no more super garlicky Chinese food (Chinez), no more Indian sushi chef (Goro). 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: iacrenter on May 13, 2015, 01:34:15 PM
Looking forward to EMC Seafood and Raw Bar coming to Irvine.

http://la.eater.com/2015/5/6/8560141/emc-seafood-raw-bar-expansion-third-location-irvine

By the looks of the PS9s photos the food should be good:
http://www.talkirvine.com/index.php/topic,12318.0.html

Now with Denny's turning into a Korean BBQ, Heritage Plaza has become a Diamond Jamboree II but the congestion will be worse since there is no parking structure.
http://www.talkirvine.com/index.php/topic,12891.0.html
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: zubs on May 13, 2015, 03:03:49 PM
Why does every plaza that turns Asian evolve into a parking nightmare?  Is it 2 many Asians and not enough Asian oriented retail?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: . on May 13, 2015, 06:40:42 PM
Why does every plaza that turns Asian evolve into a parking nightmare?  Is it 2 many Asians and not enough Asian oriented retail?

sounds so racist.  :)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Vinster on May 14, 2015, 12:57:07 PM
Del Taco opened recently at the old Burger King location on Main St. near Harvard.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: zubs on May 14, 2015, 03:28:58 PM
Why does every plaza that turns Asian evolve into a parking nightmare?  Is it 2 many Asians and not enough Asian oriented retail?

sounds so racist.  :)

This is an actual point of discussion.
Mitsuwa Plaza - hard to park
Culver 99 - hard to park
Diamond Jamboree - hard to park
Jeffery 99 - hard to park
Taiko Plaza - hard to park

and it's getting worse.  Probably because more houses = more Asians = shitty parking in Asian plazas.  Although I have to say that food court by G-Burger and 302 is easy to park.  Maybe cause Taps isn't open yet and it hasn't reached the Asian event horizon.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: WTTCHMN on May 14, 2015, 03:43:36 PM
Why does every plaza that turns Asian evolve into a parking nightmare?  Is it 2 many Asians and not enough Asian oriented retail?

sounds so racist.  :)

This is an actual point of discussion.
Mitsuwa Plaza - hard to park
Culver 99 - hard to park
Diamond Jamboree - hard to park
Jeffery 99 - hard to park
Taiko Plaza - hard to park

and it's getting worse.  Probably because more houses = more Asians = shitty parking in Asian plazas.  Although I have to say that food court by G-Burger and 302 is easy to park.  Maybe cause Taps isn't open yet and it hasn't reached the Asian event horizon.

Spectrum - hard to park
District - hard to park
University Center (Trader Joe's) - hard to park
University Park (Wholesome Choice) - hard to park
Walnut Village - hard to park
IVC - hard to park
Costco Irvine - hard to park

It's not an Asian problem, it's an Irvine problem.  Racist.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: jmoney74 on May 14, 2015, 04:02:29 PM
Never really found Mitsuwa or Spectrum hard to park (outside of Friday and Sat nights).

But yes.. the asian plaza's are always busy.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: zubs on May 15, 2015, 12:25:48 AM
All of Irvine has crappy parking due to so many people living here.  However, the asian plazas are much worse then others.  Irvine will get more asian plazas as that's what the people want.  The parking situation shows the need for more asian commercial zones.  We need moar korean BBqs.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on June 17, 2015, 01:58:08 PM
Ugly pie co is open in OH, as well as Taps in Marketplace. 

http://www.yelp.com/biz/ugly-pie-co-irvine-2
http://www.yelp.com/biz/taps-fish-house-and-brewery-irvine

Believe no liquor license yet for ugly pie so no pizza and beer yet
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on June 17, 2015, 02:06:24 PM
Came across this while yelping Taps:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/gu-ramen-taps-and-tapas-laguna-beach

Looks pretty good, legit ramen in Laguna Beach.  Day at the beach followed by ramen sounds pretty good right now.  Thalia beach is nearby.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: WillJoy on June 17, 2015, 02:43:52 PM
Why does every plaza that turns Asian evolve into a parking nightmare?  Is it 2 many Asians and not enough Asian oriented retail?

I'd say that bad layout is No.1. There are very few dedicated crossing points between parking lot and shops. Hence the many jaywalkers.

No.2, have you seen the way Asian female drivers drive and the way they do drop-offs in the middle of the road?

Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on June 17, 2015, 02:46:04 PM
Why does every plaza that turns Asian evolve into a parking nightmare?  Is it 2 many Asians and not enough Asian oriented retail?

I'd say that bad layout is No.1. There are very few dedicated crossing points between parking lot and shops. Hence the many jaywalkers.

No.2, have you seen the way Asian female drivers drive and the way they do drop-offs in the middle of the road?



Not just Asian females, just females in general.  Today, a non-asian real estate agent decided it was a good idea to stop her Mercedes IN the roundabout while she struggled to tap her open house sign into the ground. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on June 17, 2015, 02:59:30 PM
Ugly pie co is open in OH, as well as Taps in Marketplace. 
"UGLY Pie"? So you did open your pizza franchise?

Just kidding.

But that's a horrible name. Next BuildYourOwnPizza place is going to be called Crappy Pie.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: iacrenter on June 17, 2015, 03:57:43 PM
Ugly pie co is open in OH, as well as Taps in Marketplace. 

http://www.yelp.com/biz/ugly-pie-co-irvine-2
http://www.yelp.com/biz/taps-fish-house-and-brewery-irvine

Believe no liquor license yet for ugly pie so no pizza and beer yet

We tried TAPS and it was not a good experience. It took over an hour for the kids meals (pizza and sliders). Or should I say "meal" (singular) since after the long wait they managed to lose our son's pizza order. When my wife checked the sliders, they were undercooked with lots of pink in the middle. How do you undercook a kid's slider? They were busy but it is no excuse for losing an order and not cooking a kids meal properly. The rest of the dishes were underwhelming especially for the prices they charge.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Roger on June 17, 2015, 04:44:46 PM
Why does every plaza that turns Asian evolve into a parking nightmare?  Is it 2 many Asians and not enough Asian oriented retail?

I'd say that bad layout is No.1. There are very few dedicated crossing points between parking lot and shops. Hence the many jaywalkers.

No.2, have you seen the way Asian female drivers drive and the way they do drop-offs in the middle of the road?
Whenever I see those who do the curb-side drop off(for no apparently reason like dropping off an elderly) always feel the urge to just honk at them a good 10 secs.  This happens especially often in the 99 ranch plaza.  So annoying.  >:(
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on June 19, 2015, 12:27:53 PM
Tried Ugly Pie.  It reminds me of Pielogy (crust, size, taste) but everything at Ugly Pie was more expensive ($1-4 per pie depending on which one).  Got the very cheesy ($7) and the Arugula/proscuitto ($11.95 I think).  The latter probably wasn't worth it.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: WillJoy on June 19, 2015, 12:47:34 PM
Why does every plaza that turns Asian evolve into a parking nightmare?  Is it 2 many Asians and not enough Asian oriented retail?

I'd say that bad layout is No.1. There are very few dedicated crossing points between parking lot and shops. Hence the many jaywalkers.

No.2, have you seen the way Asian female drivers drive and the way they do drop-offs in the middle of the road?
Whenever I see those who do the curb-side drop off(for no apparently reason like dropping off an elderly) always feel the urge to just honk at them a good 10 secs.  This happens especially often in the 99 ranch plaza.  So annoying.  >:(

https://store.nest.com/product/camera#meet-nest-cam

Just watch the first 15 seconds.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Roger on June 19, 2015, 01:29:05 PM
Why does every plaza that turns Asian evolve into a parking nightmare?  Is it 2 many Asians and not enough Asian oriented retail?

I'd say that bad layout is No.1. There are very few dedicated crossing points between parking lot and shops. Hence the many jaywalkers.

No.2, have you seen the way Asian female drivers drive and the way they do drop-offs in the middle of the road?
Whenever I see those who do the curb-side drop off(for no apparently reason like dropping off an elderly) always feel the urge to just honk at them a good 10 secs.  This happens especially often in the 99 ranch plaza.  So annoying.  >:(

https://store.nest.com/product/camera#meet-nest-cam

Just watch the first 15 seconds.
Lol...indeed.  :D
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on June 20, 2015, 12:22:56 AM
When does Dave's BBQ open up?  They said Summer 2015....well it's already here damnit.  haha
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on June 20, 2015, 12:24:04 AM
When does Dave's BBQ open up?  They said Summer 2015....well it's already here damnit.  haha
Summer doesn't start until Sunday. :)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on June 20, 2015, 05:00:58 PM
When does Dave's BBQ open up?  They said Summer 2015....well it's already here damnit.  haha
Summer doesn't start until Sunday. :)
So they open tomorrow?  haha  I've been craving brisket/burnt ends ever since my trip out to Austin in March.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on June 21, 2015, 08:13:12 PM
When does Dave's BBQ open up?  They said Summer 2015....well it's already here damnit.  haha
Summer doesn't start until Sunday. :)
So they open tomorrow?  haha  I've been craving brisket/burnt ends ever since my trip out to Austin in March.

There is one next to South Coast Plaza.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on June 22, 2015, 08:00:50 AM
When does Dave's BBQ open up?  They said Summer 2015....well it's already here damnit.  haha
Summer doesn't start until Sunday. :)
So they open tomorrow?  haha  I've been craving brisket/burnt ends ever since my trip out to Austin in March.

There is one next to South Coast Plaza.
I know, but the one at Tustin Marketplace is like a mile away. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on June 22, 2015, 08:01:53 AM
When does Dave's BBQ open up?  They said Summer 2015....well it's already here damnit.  haha
Summer doesn't start until Sunday. :)
So they open tomorrow?  haha  I've been craving brisket/burnt ends ever since my trip out to Austin in March.

There is one next to South Coast Plaza.
I know, but the one at Tustin Marketplace is like a mile away.

But the SCP one is a lot close than the one in Austin!

Dave's BBQ is my favorite OC BBQ spot...much better than Lucille's and better/cheaper than Wood Ranch. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on June 22, 2015, 08:19:34 AM
I was trying to go to Dave's in South Coast for Father's Day... but I didn't get to choose for lunch or dinner.

Maybe this week.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Coleman on June 22, 2015, 08:21:03 AM
When does Dave's BBQ open up?  They said Summer 2015....well it's already here damnit.  haha
Summer doesn't start until Sunday. :)
So they open tomorrow?  haha  I've been craving brisket/burnt ends ever since my trip out to Austin in March.

There is one next to South Coast Plaza.
I know, but the one at Tustin Marketplace is like a mile away.

Don't want a reason to drive your new blue car on the 5N to 55 S interchange?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on June 24, 2015, 09:03:48 PM
Tried Ugly Pie.  It reminds me of Pielogy (crust, size, taste) but everything at Ugly Pie was more expensive ($1-4 per pie depending on which one).  Got the very cheesy ($7) and the Arugula/proscuitto ($11.95 I think).  The latter probably wasn't worth it.

Also tried Ugly the other day.. it was ok.  Ordering was kinda weird... get a number, order, create your own pizza, then backtrack to the other counter to pay.  They'll probably fix this once the liquor starts flowing.  Speaking of alcohol, liquor license sometime in July.  Spoke with the employee/manager/owner?  and he said there is a 3 month waiting time for the license.  Hmmm... poor planning?  On to the pizza:

got a create your own with pepperoni and pineapple with red sauce for the little one and the pesto chicken pre-designed for myself.  Total was a tad over $20 with no drinks just water.  Pizza was kinda meh.. not better nor worse than Mod Pizza.  A couple of beers would've improved the taste.  And the soon to be beer selections look good.  Also got a pasta marinara to go.  Tasted like store bought spaghetti sauce with penne.  Skip the pasta.  Workers were mostly young kids.  Some hiccups, but overall decent for brand new.  One kid even remembered my name when I went up to reorder some pasta.  Impressive 15 minutes memory retention.  I'll give this place another shot when the alcohol flows and hopefully some happy hour deals.  Right now, not enough to garner its own review thread.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: SoCal on June 24, 2015, 10:00:20 PM
One kid even remembered my name when I went up to reorder some pasta.  Impressive 15 minutes memory retention.

Sometimes I like to give them fake names. Especially exotic ones that are hard to spell. Try testing his memory retention next time with a long, hard (Hi, Qwerty) foreign name. What's funny is, the young teenagers are so serious & naive, they usually buy it unless it's a black girl's name like "Shaniqua", then they highly doubt it but will eventually still write it down.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on June 25, 2015, 10:07:45 AM
One kid even remembered my name when I went up to reorder some pasta.  Impressive 15 minutes memory retention.

Sometimes I like to give them fake names. Especially exotic ones that are hard to spell. Try testing his memory retention next time with a long, hard (Hi, Qwerty) foreign name. What's funny is, the young teenagers are so serious & naive, they usually buy it unless it's a black girl's name like "Shaniqua", then they highly doubt it but will eventually still write it down.

So what's your Starbucks name?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: zubs on June 25, 2015, 10:48:57 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/bIvhM6f.jpg)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on June 25, 2015, 11:44:38 AM
(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/84/19/60/841960f724c7b03428d559f08b0c4e51.jpg)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Harajuku on June 26, 2015, 11:29:45 AM
Gelson's at Alton has BOGO on roses so you get two dozens roses for $11.99 and they wrap them nicely. 
I didn't want to create a new thread so I just stick it here. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: playingvideogamesat30 on June 30, 2015, 02:07:44 PM
The former Staples location at Woodbury Town Center is becoming a Homegoods. As long as I don't have to go, I think its a good addition. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: aquabliss on June 30, 2015, 02:20:59 PM
The former Staples location at Woodbury Town Center is becoming a Homegoods. As long as I don't have to go, I think its a good addition. 

Nice... Homegoods should do quite well there.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on June 30, 2015, 02:58:29 PM
The former Staples location at Woodbury Town Center is becoming a Homegoods. As long as I don't have to go, I think its a good addition. 

Seriously?  Ugh. Disappointed.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: jmoney74 on June 30, 2015, 03:08:00 PM
The former Staples location at Woodbury Town Center is becoming a Homegoods. As long as I don't have to go, I think its a good addition. 

Seriously?  Ugh. Disappointed.

Ugh credit card bill will be increasing. Wife loves that store.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on June 30, 2015, 03:16:50 PM
The former Staples location at Woodbury Town Center is becoming a Homegoods. As long as I don't have to go, I think its a good addition. 

Seriously?  Ugh. Disappointed.

Ugh credit card bill will be increasing. Wife loves that store.

Haha. Tell her to step away from the tchotchkes!  I've been in the store a few times and have never walked out with anything. I must be missing something....
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Happiness on June 30, 2015, 03:18:34 PM
I went into Home Goods for a frying pan and came out with a 7ft plush giraffe.

The former Staples location at Woodbury Town Center is becoming a Homegoods. As long as I don't have to go, I think its a good addition. 

Seriously?  Ugh. Disappointed.

Ugh credit card bill will be increasing. Wife loves that store.

Haha. Tell her to step away from the tchotchkes!  I've been in the store a few times and have never walked out with anything. I must be missing something....
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: GH on June 30, 2015, 03:44:58 PM
would they also put up TJMaxx ? 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: paperboyNC on June 30, 2015, 03:58:21 PM
I find TJMaxx / Homegoods stores to be huge messy clearance stores. I won't be a customer, but glad to see something other than a vacant spot.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Kangen.Irvine on June 30, 2015, 04:22:09 PM
jmoney...I can relate.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on June 30, 2015, 04:41:10 PM
I find TJMaxx / Homegoods stores to be huge messy clearance stores. I won't be a customer, but glad to see something other than a vacant spot.

It may be a little messy but a lot of good bargains there
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: jmoney74 on June 30, 2015, 04:47:21 PM
The former Staples location at Woodbury Town Center is becoming a Homegoods. As long as I don't have to go, I think its a good addition. 

Seriously?  Ugh. Disappointed.

Ugh credit card bill will be increasing. Wife loves that store.

Haha. Tell her to step away from the tchotchkes!  I've been in the store a few times and have never walked out with anything. I must be missing something....

well there are particular things she looks for.  She says the clothes selection for kids, while more limited than the regular TJ maxx store, has a better offering with great deals.  Also likes to pick up small gifts and things around the house from time to time. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on June 30, 2015, 04:52:01 PM
Hope they have men's shoes, some pretty good deals usually
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: jmoney74 on June 30, 2015, 04:58:13 PM
good call.  I should really just buy my business shoes at these stores.. save the good ones for going out. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: playingvideogamesat30 on June 30, 2015, 05:40:46 PM
The sign on the window said just Homegoods, no mention of TJ Maxx. Hopefully it will help bring a tenant to the vacant/Halloween store next door.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: jmoney74 on June 30, 2015, 07:01:44 PM
The sign on the window said just Homegoods, no mention of TJ Maxx. Hopefully it will help bring a tenant to the vacant/Halloween store next door.

Its the same. Tj maxx homegoods.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on June 30, 2015, 10:31:34 PM
good call.  I should really just buy my business shoes at these stores.. save the good ones for going out.

Nordstrom Rack has great bargains on men's shoes
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on June 30, 2015, 10:32:23 PM
The sign on the window said just Homegoods, no mention of TJ Maxx. Hopefully it will help bring a tenant to the vacant/Halloween store next door.

Its the same. Tj maxx homegoods.

Not necessarily...there are stand alone TJ Maxx stores and as well as stand alone Homegoods stores (there is one in Laguna Hills).
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on July 01, 2015, 05:32:24 PM
When I was driving to the Chase branch on Irvine Blvd/Jamboree....I saw several waiters/people setting up tables in the patio area of Famous Daves BBQ.  When the heck are they gonna open? ???
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on July 01, 2015, 05:46:22 PM
Just drive to South Coast... sheeesh. :)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: playingvideogamesat30 on July 02, 2015, 06:43:36 PM
Went to Famous Dave's BBQ today. Guess they opened yesterday. Food was good, service is still working out some kinks. Wasn't busy...probably because nobody knows they are open.

Just wish they had apple butter and warm biscuits.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on July 03, 2015, 01:05:38 PM
Went to Famous Dave's BBQ today. Guess they opened yesterday. Food was good, service is still working out some kinks. Wasn't busy...probably because nobody knows they are open.

Just wish they had apple butter and warm biscuits.
Sweet, thanks for the heads up.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on July 03, 2015, 01:33:31 PM
Went to south coast plaza today, saw that Holsteins will be opening in August.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: paperboyNC on July 05, 2015, 08:03:25 PM
Went to Famous Dave's BBQ today. Guess they opened yesterday. Food was good, service is still working out some kinks. Wasn't busy...probably because nobody knows they are open.

Just wish they had apple butter and warm biscuits.

I was outside there today right before they opened and saw the staff taking a group photo. Didn't know it was brand new..
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on July 13, 2015, 08:12:39 AM
Ugly pie $3 pizza grand opening event
7/18 from 6pm - 9pm
7/19 from 9am - 12pm
Create your own pizza only. No specialty toppings.  One per customer.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on July 17, 2015, 02:34:40 PM
Stacks opening up in walnut village. More captain crunch coming soon to a breakfast near you!

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforkinit/2015/07/stacks_pancake_house_coming_to_irvine.php
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on July 17, 2015, 03:37:30 PM
Nice... Irvine needs more breakfast places.

Yen (Zen?) Sushi closed in the Alton center off of Alton/Jeffrey. Was getting donuts and saw the windows blacked out.

They had been there forever.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on July 17, 2015, 04:12:41 PM
Read an article today in a real newspaper that Holsteins like others mentioned will be open soon in August at the old Charlie Palmer place in SCP.  Burgers will be on average $3 cheaper than its Vegas prices. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on July 17, 2015, 05:02:19 PM
Even though I am totally opposed to expensive cookies, we tried Cookie Connection today because we were in the area and my son wanted a cookie. The cookies looked like nothing special to me, but he said it was the BEST SUGAR COOKIE HE'S HAD IN HIS WHOLE LIFE. He also tried a snickerdoodle because he got a second cookie free and it was the BEST SNICKERDOODLE HE'S HAD IN HIS WHOLE LIFE. So there's that. Rave reviews from the little kid demographic.
Finally tried Cookie Connection... I think the plus here is they have TONS of cookies to choose from, the con being they are expensive ($2.50?). Their oatmeal was pretty good... as was their choco chip, but for $2.50 the cookies should be at least 50% larger.

They also sell ice cream which was weird since Creamistry is around the corner, TIC never really cares about competing venues.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on July 17, 2015, 05:04:46 PM
I think Poops... err Scoops N Scoops opened up.

It's the ice cream shop next to Burntzilla.

I remember when that strip of stores was Golden Spoon, WokMan, Mrs. Fields Cookies and KFC.
Passed by here picking some food up at Burntzilla... it's just like Creamistry with their nitrogen made ice cream... and expensive pricing.

Seems to have lines like Creamistry too.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on July 17, 2015, 09:46:55 PM
Ugly pie $3 pizza grand opening event
7/18 from 6pm - 9pm
7/19 from 9am - 12pm
Create your own pizza only. No specialty toppings.  One per customer.


Do you need a coupon?  Where is it located?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: aquabliss on July 17, 2015, 11:06:19 PM
Orchard Hills center by Ren.  No coupon needed.  I'll probably go early Sunday morning and try the breakfast pizza.  Hopefully I can avoid the crowd if I get there around 8:45a.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: madhandles on July 18, 2015, 09:47:55 AM
Ugly pie $3 pizza grand opening event
7/18 from 6pm - 9pm
7/19 from 9am - 12pm
Create your own pizza only. No specialty toppings.  One per customer.

can't seem to find any fliers on this. anyone have any more info on this?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on July 18, 2015, 10:03:53 AM
(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff390/Ps99472/ugly_zps9onjgo7e.jpg)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Coleman on July 18, 2015, 12:23:06 PM
How many different pizza places is this now?

I'd like to see a lot more novelty chef owned restaurants where their dishes are something that you can only really get there. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: madhandles on July 18, 2015, 12:29:04 PM
(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff390/Ps99472/ugly_zps9onjgo7e.jpg)

Dang. I missed it! Thought it was tonite!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: aquabliss on July 18, 2015, 12:31:24 PM
Oh shoot, I also thought it was Sat/Sun...
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on July 18, 2015, 12:59:00 PM
Hmmmm my flyer says otherwise.

(http://i58.tinypic.com/amveae.jpg)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: madhandles on July 18, 2015, 01:00:39 PM
Oh shoot, I also thought it was Sat/Sun...

just called...they said there's also a promotion tonite 6-9pm. $3 pizzas for everyone! (hope the guy i talked to didn't make it up)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: iacrenter on July 18, 2015, 10:08:25 PM
So did anyone get their $3 pie?

I've tried this place and I prefer Pieology and MOD vs this place.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on July 18, 2015, 11:10:35 PM
I don't know about this ugly pie place, tried it about a month ago.......are they still making you take a convoluted path to order and pay your pizza?  Does it smell like pizza when you walk in instead of some weird funk?  Still no beer right?  And still overpriced?  Need some positive reviews before we venture back
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on July 19, 2015, 08:48:33 AM
We tried it again last week. Got different pies - the Alfredo one (meh) and the BBQ chicken one (just ok).  Convoluted line was still there. But no one was there so it wasn't really a convoluted line, more of a confusing walk all over the place process. It's not good enough for me to NOT get la Sirena or ren when I'm in that plaza.

P.s. Tried the new cold brew with condensed milk at peets. Thumbs up!!

P.s.s.  Tried Blaze pizza recently. Definitely my favorite amongst the make your own pie place. Esp since IMO the quality at pielogy (spectrum) has been going downhill as of late.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on July 19, 2015, 09:12:43 AM
P.s.s.  Tried Blaze pizza recently. Definitely my favorite amongst the make your own pie place. Esp since IMO the quality at pielogy (spectrum) has been going downhill as of late.
Yep.

Wish there were more Blaze Pizzas around Irvine than Pieology. The crust and the quality of the ingredients just seem better to us.

I would actually rate MOD second and Pieology last.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: iacrenter on July 19, 2015, 11:09:01 AM
P.s.s.  Tried Blaze pizza recently. Definitely my favorite amongst the make your own pie place. Esp since IMO the quality at pielogy (spectrum) has been going downhill as of late.
Yep.

Wish there were more Blaze Pizzas around Irvine than Pieology. The crust and the quality of the ingredients just seem better to us.

I would actually rate MOD second and Pieology last.

I haven't tried Blaze yet but I'm at pizza over saturation. Maybe next month.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: madhandles on July 19, 2015, 11:55:22 AM
P.s.s.  Tried Blaze pizza recently. Definitely my favorite amongst the make your own pie place. Esp since IMO the quality at pielogy (spectrum) has been going downhill as of late.
Yep.

Wish there were more Blaze Pizzas around Irvine than Pieology. The crust and the quality of the ingredients just seem better to us.

I would actually rate MOD second and Pieology last.

I second that.

1. Blaze
2. MOD
3. Pieology/Ugly Pie
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: HMart on July 27, 2015, 01:00:55 PM
Even though I am totally opposed to expensive cookies, we tried Cookie Connection today because we were in the area and my son wanted a cookie. The cookies looked like nothing special to me, but he said it was the BEST SUGAR COOKIE HE'S HAD IN HIS WHOLE LIFE. He also tried a snickerdoodle because he got a second cookie free and it was the BEST SNICKERDOODLE HE'S HAD IN HIS WHOLE LIFE. So there's that. Rave reviews from the little kid demographic.
Finally tried Cookie Connection... I think the plus here is they have TONS of cookies to choose from, the con being they are expensive ($2.50?). Their oatmeal was pretty good... as was their choco chip, but for $2.50 the cookies should be at least 50% larger.

They also sell ice cream which was weird since Creamistry is around the corner, TIC never really cares about competing venues.

Keep an eye on Groupon...I paid $12 for $24 of cookies. I had enough cookies to feed some vendor/contractors, the girlfriend, and myself, and still end up with extra cookies. Screaming deal at half off IMO.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on July 31, 2015, 08:59:25 AM
Slapfish is open, I could use a lobster roll.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/slapfish-irvine
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: HMart on July 31, 2015, 09:51:23 AM
Next to UCI? I have no idea how students can afford a $20 lobster roll.

Why back in my day, we got coupons for $1.50 fat pizza slices..
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: WillJoy on July 31, 2015, 10:53:27 AM
Next to UCI? I have no idea how students can afford a $20 lobster roll.

Why back in my day, we got coupons for $1.50 fat pizza slices..

Don't worry. It's for Asian students only.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: happytales on July 31, 2015, 10:55:00 AM
Next to UCI? I have no idea how students can afford a $20 lobster roll.

Why back in my day, we got coupons for $1.50 fat pizza slices..

Seriously. I still have to think twice before adding $1.95 guacamole on my chipotle bowl...
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Bullsback on July 31, 2015, 11:49:13 AM
Next to UCI? I have no idea how students can afford a $20 lobster roll.

Why back in my day, we got coupons for $1.50 fat pizza slices..

Seriously. I still have to think twice before adding $1.95 guacamole on my chipotle bowl...
1% er...haha.  Seriously, it is a rare treat that I add the guac (if at all). Too rich for my blood. That or I'm just too damn cheap. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Costco on July 31, 2015, 02:00:33 PM
On Wednesday, lobster roll was $21. Yikes! Wasn't very good and i was still hungry. Save yourself some money and go to California Fish Grill.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: gaogi on August 14, 2015, 02:22:42 PM
Orchard Hills will be getting a Haggen grocery store. They will be taking over Pavilions in May. According the the article, Haggens is a cross between Wholefoods and Safeway. I'm looking forward to the change.

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/stores-654004-vons-albertsons.html

I guess this didn't last long.  Haggens on Portola to close in the next 60 days.

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/haggen-677518-stores-time.html
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: aquabliss on August 14, 2015, 02:46:15 PM
You'd think they would tough it out due to Orchard Hill's occupancy increasing every month.

I remember when Woodbury Ralphs opened the store was nearly dead but they stuck it out and now they're pretty crowded with all the apartments and new homes around.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: WTTCHMN on August 14, 2015, 02:47:05 PM
Orchard Hills will be getting a Haggen grocery store. They will be taking over Pavilions in May. According the the article, Haggens is a cross between Wholefoods and Safeway. I'm looking forward to the change.

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/stores-654004-vons-albertsons.html

I guess this didn't last long.  Haggens on Portola to close in the next 60 days.

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/haggen-677518-stores-time.html

I wonder what TIC will do to lure a supermarket back into OH.  Hard to sell OH as a "premier" village without a neighborhood grocery store.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: The California Court Company on August 14, 2015, 02:49:06 PM
OH is low density but WB Ralph get crowds from WB, WBE, SG, SGE, PP, PS.

You'd think they would tough it out due to Orchard Hill's occupancy increasing every month.

I remember when Woodbury Ralphs opened the store was nearly dead but they stuck it out and now they're pretty crowded with all the apartments and new homes around.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Bullsback on August 14, 2015, 03:03:40 PM
I was amazed Vons stayed their as long as it did. Without a grocery store, the center is even more depressing. You'd think the influx of homes would help but those original tenants got screwed by the recession and the long delay in opening up OH.  One less place for me to stop on my weekend walk with my daughter. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: GH on August 14, 2015, 03:17:34 PM
Lure Whole Foods to come ?  The soon to be open Spectrum location and the District location is still somewhat far for this side of town (plus the traffic nightmare going in that District location).
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: The California Court Company on August 14, 2015, 03:30:10 PM
we can surely use Aldi
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: aquabliss on August 14, 2015, 03:33:01 PM
maybe the day they close all the food will be 80% off... I'm in.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on August 14, 2015, 03:34:59 PM
I wouldn't mind a stater bros.....  Wait that might bring the riffraff.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Happiness on August 14, 2015, 03:36:09 PM
Bristol Farms, Gelsons, Yes.  Seafood City, 99 Ranch, H Mart, NO.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: GH on August 14, 2015, 03:37:25 PM
we can surely use Aldi

Aldi = cheap stuff  and doesn't match with OH "premier" village aura ?    Hasn't been to an Aldi store in the US though, but when I was in Germany, I probably bought 90%+ of my grocery/food from Aldi.

Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on August 15, 2015, 06:55:31 AM
Wow...sad news for the workers.  Maybe a Korean market?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on August 15, 2015, 07:13:02 AM
Wow...sad news for the workers.  Maybe a Korean market?
Happiness will be Sadness.
Bristol Farms, Gelsons, Yes.  Seafood City, 99 Ranch, H Mart, NO.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on August 15, 2015, 07:16:37 AM
another wholesome choice, now my sangak won't be soggy when I get home
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: aquabliss on August 15, 2015, 07:44:07 AM
The Haggen sign on the Orchard Hills marquee still has the red circle with words "Now Open".  Wonder if they'll change it to "Now Closing".
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: eyephone on August 15, 2015, 08:05:40 AM
another wholesome choice, now my sangak won't be soggy when I get home

For some reason, I don't like wholesome choice. I never bought there, I just walked in and walked out.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Villager on August 16, 2015, 12:54:20 AM
Orchard Hills will be getting a Haggen grocery store. They will be taking over Pavilions in May. According the the article, Haggens is a cross between Wholefoods and Safeway. I'm looking forward to the change.

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/stores-654004-vons-albertsons.html

I guess this didn't last long.  Haggens on Portola to close in the next 60 days.

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/haggen-677518-stores-time.html

I wonder what TIC will do to lure a supermarket back into OH.  Hard to sell OH as a "premier" village without a neighborhood grocery store.

Don't think they would have that much of a problem. Haggen kind of wimped out after they forced their way into the existing Pavilions. Any reasonable supermarket chain would see the potential of the area with all of the increasing population in the area. Also, it looks like TIC has been getting all chummy with Whole Foods with the recent addition near Los Olivos, so I wouldn't be surprised if TIC lured them in. The location does meet a good lot of the requirements (taken from the Whole Foods website) :

•Typically, 200,000 people or more in a 20-minute drive time
•25,000-50,000 Square Feet
•Large number of college-educated residents
•Abundant parking available for our exclusive use
•Stand alone preferred, would consider complementary
•Easy access from roadways, lighted intersection
•Excellent visibility, directly off of the street
•Must be located in a high traffic area (foot and/or vehicle)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on August 22, 2015, 12:59:58 AM
Stacks Pancake house will be taking over the old Sushi Boy location in the Walnut shopping center (near Burntzilla/Jenny Craig).

OCReg (http://www.ocregister.com/articles/breakfast-678812-irvine-island.html)

MV yelp (http://www.yelp.com/biz/stacks-pancake-house-mission-viejo)

DP yelp (http://www.yelp.com/biz/stacks-pancake-house-dana-point)

Stacks site (http://stackspancakehouse.com)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: aquabliss on August 22, 2015, 07:41:02 AM
Yummmmm Nutella crepes and pork eggs Benedict...  There goes the diet.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on August 22, 2015, 09:34:34 AM
Someone had posted this already but I didn't know Stacks is basically a Hawaiian food place.

Competition for Da Luau (who also has breakfast and macadamia nut pancakes)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Paris on August 22, 2015, 09:46:26 AM
Haggen Orchard Hills is closing. I was starting to warm up to the change too.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: NYT on August 24, 2015, 07:26:21 PM
Garbanzo at Woodbury Town Center has closed. Too bad. It think a main factor was the fact that they were located in the non-food area of the shopping center, by the dry cleaner and optometry and the bike place. If they had a location where all the other food places are within that shopping center they might've had a better chance.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: happytales on August 24, 2015, 07:33:04 PM
Garbanzo at Woodbury Town Center has closed. Too bad. It think a main factor was the fact that they were located in the non-food area of the shopping center, by the dry cleaner and optometry and the bike place. If they had a location where all the other food places are within that shopping center they might've had a better chance.

What?! I was just there on Tuesday. Nooooooo. That's one of my go-to places for lunch. So bummed out now.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on August 24, 2015, 07:34:13 PM
Garbanzo at Woodbury Town Center has closed. Too bad. It think a main factor was the fact that they were located in the non-food area of the shopping center, by the dry cleaner and optometry and the bike place. If they had a location where all the other food places are within that shopping center they might've had a better chance.

I actually liked the fact that they were by the grocery stores. Always picked up dinner there after a TJ stop versus walking across to the other eateries. The last few times I went, the service was pretty lackluster.  Food quality seems to be on the decline too. Too bad. They were a decent option.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on August 24, 2015, 07:36:15 PM
Someone had posted this already but I didn't know Stacks is basically a Hawaiian food place.

Competition for Da Luau (who also has breakfast and macadamia nut pancakes)


No one is ever at da luau. Wonder how they stay in business. Maybe stacks will finally doom them?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: AW on August 24, 2015, 07:40:25 PM
Da luau is sometimes packed on weekend mornings as it's pretty much the only place open that serves food that early

Too bad for garbanzo.  Let's see something good.  Like a ramen place. Ssg.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on August 24, 2015, 09:58:26 PM
No one is ever at da luau. Wonder how they stay in business.
I eat there.

That keeps almost any restaurant in business.

:) x 4
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Kangen.Irvine on August 24, 2015, 11:19:30 PM
Hopefully a better Mediterranean place fills the void. Chicken Maison would be a great Irvine addition, but the closest is currently Santa Ana.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: aquabliss on August 25, 2015, 12:02:15 AM
I vote for Pieology in place of Garbanzo but First Class Pizza probably has a non compete clause in their contract.

I still think Pieology trumps all the other make your own Pie places, I've tried most of them but keep going back to my herb butter.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: aquabliss on August 25, 2015, 12:03:32 AM
Garbanzo at Woodbury Town Center has closed. Too bad. It think a main factor was the fact that they were located in the non-food area of the shopping center, by the dry cleaner and optometry and the bike place. If they had a location where all the other food places are within that shopping center they might've had a better chance.

What?! I was just there on Tuesday. Nooooooo. That's one of my go-to places for lunch. So bummed out now.

Ya I liked their Falafels!  RIP Garbanzo.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on August 25, 2015, 07:17:21 AM
I vote for Pieology in place of Garbanzo but First Class Pizza probably has a non compete clause in their contract.
It's an Irvine Company center... non-competes don't exist.

For example, in Quail Hill there is a Chinese restaurant Crystal Jade (now called SinoFusion) and they let a Pick-Up Stix open up there. In the Alton/Jeffrey center, they just opened a Pizza 90, yet the CPK will be open there this Wednesday. In that same center, they opened a Mooyah (burgers/fries place) even though a McDs has been there forever. In the 99 Ranch center off of Culver, there is Panda Express and Sam Woo Express.

TIC doesn't really care about non-competes, they just want tenants who will pay their lease and their retail %.
Quote
I still think Pieology trumps all the other make your own Pie places, I've tried most of them but keep going back to my herb butter.
Pieology is at the bottom for me. Blaze is my #1.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on August 25, 2015, 07:29:55 AM
I vote for Pieology in place of Garbanzo but First Class Pizza probably has a non compete clause in their contract.
It's an Irvine Company center... non-competes don't exist.

For example, in Quail Hill there is a Chinese restaurant Crystal Jade (now called SinoFusion) and they let a Pick-Up Stix open up there. In the Alton/Jeffrey center, they just opened a Pizza 90, yet the CPK will be open there this Wednesday. In that same center, they opened a Mooyah (burgers/fries place) even though a McDs has been there forever. In the 99 Ranch center off of Culver, there is Panda Express and Sam Woo Express.

TIC doesn't really care about non-competes, they just want tenants who will pay their lease and their retail %.
Quote
I still think Pieology trumps all the other make your own Pie places, I've tried most of them but keep going back to my herb butter.
Pieology is at the bottom for me. Blaze is my #1.

Is this true?  Most of the examples you cited are two of the same cuisine/type of food but different class of restaurant (eg fast food vs fast casual or fast casual vs full service).

Personally, I think WTC needs a real legit Asian joint. Not that Asian tapas garbage.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on August 25, 2015, 07:54:48 AM
Is this true?  Most of the examples you cited are two of the same cuisine/type of food but different class of restaurant (eg fast food vs fast casual or fast casual vs full service).
At the Crossroads, there was already HairMasters and Carlton Hair, they let Floyds99 open up there.

There is a Creamistry but they let Cookie Connection sell ice cream.

The last time I was in a lease negotiation with TIC, they were the ones who could determine if products/stores were competing but you had no guarantee they wouldn't lease out space to a similar business.

Smaller centers/landlords do have non-compete restrictions... but TIC doesn't really care from what I've seen... they might mention something if there is a similar business in the center, but if the business still wants to lease space and is willing to pay their price... TIC will probably let them as long as you can prove that your business can stay for the length of the lease (TIC is also strict on 5-years or longer) and that you can pay your retail sales cut commission.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on August 25, 2015, 08:02:31 AM
I vote for Pieology in place of Garbanzo but First Class Pizza probably has a non compete clause in their contract.
It's an Irvine Company center... non-competes don't exist.

For example, in Quail Hill there is a Chinese restaurant Crystal Jade (now called SinoFusion) and they let a Pick-Up Stix open up there. In the Alton/Jeffrey center, they just opened a Pizza 90, yet the CPK will be open there this Wednesday. In that same center, they opened a Mooyah (burgers/fries place) even though a McDs has been there forever. In the 99 Ranch center off of Culver, there is Panda Express and Sam Woo Express.

TIC doesn't really care about non-competes, they just want tenants who will pay their lease and their retail %.
Quote
I still think Pieology trumps all the other make your own Pie places, I've tried most of them but keep going back to my herb butter.
Pieology is at the bottom for me. Blaze is my #1.

Is this true?  Most of the examples you cited are two of the same cuisine/type of food but different class of restaurant (eg fast food vs fast casual or fast casual vs full service).

Personally, I think WTC needs a real legit Asian joint. Not that Asian tapas garbage.

Interestingly..I find Asian Tapa and Ren a lot more authentic than many Chinese joints.  I like both a lot more than S&W and Sam Woo (who are both lacking in quality and way too greasy).
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on August 25, 2015, 08:07:44 AM
Ren I like and they serve up some nice off (main) menu items. Asian tapas is pretty inedible IMO. Maybe I'm just ordering the wrong stuff?

@iho. If that's the case, then a blaze needs to open up in the old garbanzo space.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: aquabliss on August 25, 2015, 08:13:19 AM
Blaze is good but I still prefer Pieology crust.  That being said I'll applaud either one taking that spot (wishful thinking).
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on August 25, 2015, 08:13:56 AM
Ren I like and they serve up some nice off (main) menu items. Asian tapas is pretty inedible IMO. Maybe I'm just ordering the wrong stuff?

@iho. If that's the case, then a blaze needs to open up in the old garbanzo space.

That's actually an important point.  Asian Tapas is run by Taiwanese owners so you can't order the traditional Cantonese faire (Chow mein, fried rice, etc.).  What do you get there?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on August 25, 2015, 08:16:20 AM
Blaze is good but I still prefer Pieology crust.  That being said I'll applaud either one taking that spot (wishful thinking).

I haven't had Blaze but Pieology is pretty good for me.  Speaking of semi-custom pizza places, Ugly does not seem to be doing so well at Orchard Hill.  I don't think an upscale pizza place works there...a First Class pizza seem to be a better fit.

Orchard Hills is also screaming for a dessert place like Yogurtland.   Golden Spoons failed there because...well it's a Golden Spoons.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on August 25, 2015, 08:17:36 AM
Ren I like and they serve up some nice off (main) menu items. Asian tapas is pretty inedible IMO. Maybe I'm just ordering the wrong stuff?

@iho. If that's the case, then a blaze needs to open up in the old garbanzo space.

That's actually an important point.  Asian Tapas is run by Taiwanese owners so you can't order the traditional Cantonese faire (Chow mein, fried rice, etc.).  What do you get there?

Beef noodle soup (isn't that Taiwanese?), that pickled veggie noodle one, basically all the noodle dishes. What should I be getting there instead?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on August 25, 2015, 08:18:58 AM
Ren I like and they serve up some nice off (main) menu items. Asian tapas is pretty inedible IMO. Maybe I'm just ordering the wrong stuff?

@iho. If that's the case, then a blaze needs to open up in the old garbanzo space.

That's actually an important point.  Asian Tapas is run by Taiwanese owners so you can't order the traditional Cantonese faire (Chow mein, fried rice, etc.).  What do you get there?

Beef noodle soup (isn't that Taiwanese?), that pickled veggie noodle one, basically all the noodle dishes. What should I be getting there instead?

Yes but I wouldn't get noodles at a regular Chinese place.  Noodles is pretty specialized.  I would go with their hot pot soups and stirfry stuff. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on August 25, 2015, 08:46:57 AM
Speaking of pizza, finally ate at that Square One Pizza in Oak Creek.

Decent tasting food, but expensive. At night, they turn into a full-service restaurant.

And their pizzas are square... very thin cracker crust but better (IMO) than Pizza 90 down the road.

And the PDM Cafe that turned into McVeans has turned back into a Pain Du Monde. That one is so weird in how it keeps changing its identity.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Bullsback on August 25, 2015, 02:23:19 PM
I vote for Pieology in place of Garbanzo but First Class Pizza probably has a non compete clause in their contract.

I still think Pieology trumps all the other make your own Pie places, I've tried most of them but keep going back to my herb butter.
Blaze is the best, imo. I don't go to any of them often, but they stood a class above to me. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on August 25, 2015, 02:51:46 PM
We still prefer Mod pizza.  Nothing beats Mod/thrifty ice cream combo! 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on August 25, 2015, 03:00:40 PM
Ugly pie co will go down, gave it the ps9 Kobe death stare a month ago, did they ever get the liquor flowing?  Well, it's too late now.


Something about the OH shopping center....even Ren tastes different again (they have two chefs)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: paperboyNC on August 25, 2015, 03:55:20 PM
Heard that Garbanzo at the Woodbury Town Center closed.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: jmoney74 on August 25, 2015, 04:15:43 PM
Heard that Garbanzo at the Woodbury Town Center closed.

Place was hit and miss.  Can we get something above average at the WTC?  Everything there is mediocre at best.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on August 25, 2015, 04:20:10 PM
Ugly pie co will go down, gave it the ps9 Kobe death stare a month ago, did they ever get the liquor flowing?  Well, it's too late now.


Something about the OH shopping center....even Ren tastes different again (they have two chefs)


They were selling wine in those sealed individual serving cups last time I was there so I guess so?  Also tried the egg pizza. Not bad.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: NYT on August 25, 2015, 06:11:01 PM
I vote for Pieology in place of Garbanzo but First Class Pizza probably has a non compete clause in their contract.

I still think Pieology trumps all the other make your own Pie places, I've tried most of them but keep going back to my herb butter.

Yeah, I'd love Pieology at WTC. The place formerly occupied by Oceanic/Yellowfin is perfect. But, yes, it seems First Class Pizza would have a problem with that. That said, while they both serve pizza, they seem very different to me.

I'd love to see a Mediterranean/Persian food place open there as well. Alternatively, a sit-down Indian place would be good too. Something in that space! It's been empty for a year now (or so it seems).
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: woodburyowner on August 26, 2015, 11:31:59 AM
Heard that Garbanzo at the Woodbury Town Center closed.

How random.. was just about to head out for lunch and Garbanzo was on my short list.  Good thing I read this!  I loved their food/price/quick service.  I'm going to miss this place...
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: jmoney74 on August 26, 2015, 12:45:41 PM
Heard that Garbanzo at the Woodbury Town Center closed.

How random.. was just about to head out for lunch and Garbanzo was on my short list.  Good thing I read this!  I loved their food/price/quick service.  I'm going to miss this place...

I must have come here when the service was not quick.  lol.  It took awhile to get a few beef kabobs going every time. 

Well.. here's to a few things opening up there that won't be generic chain. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: woodburyowner on August 26, 2015, 01:05:38 PM
Cumin in CV is now closed also!  Those are 2 of my goto lunch spots.  Had to eat at Da Luau and they raised their prices.  $10.x for mixed plate is now $12.x.  Pretty steep increase.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: jmoney74 on August 26, 2015, 01:09:20 PM
Cumin in CV is now closed also!  Those are 2 of my goto lunch spots.  Had to eat at Da Luau and they raised their prices.  $10.x for mixed plate is now $12.x.  Pretty steep increase.

I like Doner G a lot.. but it's a little bit further down on Barranca and Culver. 

Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: woodburyowner on August 26, 2015, 05:19:48 PM
I like Doner G a lot.. but it's a little bit further down on Barranca and Culver. 

I just tried Doner G last week and it was pretty good.  I still prefer Pita Pita in Lake Forest though.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: keilbros on September 09, 2015, 12:43:46 AM
You guys know what is taking Cumin's spot?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: iacrenter on September 09, 2015, 01:35:47 AM
Haggens files for Chapter 11.

Whoever approved the Albertson store purchases needs to be fired.

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-haggen-bankruptcy-20150908-story.html
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Happiness on September 09, 2015, 09:56:03 AM
Haggens files for Chapter 11.

Whoever approved the Albertson store purchases needs to be fired.

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-haggen-bankruptcy-20150908-story.html

Who would have thought that selling the same products as the stores Haggen replaced at higher prices wouldn't be a smart business model?  We consumers all want to pay more for the same, right?

In other bk news Quicksilver also filed Chapter 11 yesterday blaming competition from H&M and Forever 21: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-quiksilver-bankruptcy-20150909-story.html

Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: AW on September 09, 2015, 10:11:47 AM
Wonder if pavilions will come back.  First vons left, and then pavilions, I like them better than albertsons for whatever reason. 

You'd think that QuickSilvers competition would be more inline with billabong, Hurley, o niell and other lifestyle clothing companies...
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Ready2Downsize on September 09, 2015, 10:21:46 AM
Wonder if pavilions will come back.  First vons left, and then pavilions, I like them better than albertsons for whatever reason. 

You'd think that QuickSilvers competition would be more inline with billabong, Hurley, o niell and other lifestyle clothing companies...

Pavilions can't come back because it was shed to get the merger approved.

18 stores in the Pacific Northwest to an additional 146 stores far from their niche without a distribution center in place. Even if they had lower prices, they probably still would have struggled.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: paperboyNC on September 09, 2015, 10:24:43 AM
Wonder if pavilions will come back.  First vons left, and then pavilions, I like them better than albertsons for whatever reason. 

You'd think that QuickSilvers competition would be more inline with billabong, Hurley, o niell and other lifestyle clothing companies...

Pavilions can't come back because it was shed to get the merger approved.

18 stores in the Pacific Northwest to an additional 146 stores far from their niche without a distribution center in place. Even if they had lower prices, they probably still would have struggled.

Obviously they didn't have a lot of time (i.e. the private equity firm backing them wasn't willing to contribute any cash towards buying them time) - the stores had to generate enough revenue to immediately cover all expenses.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: WTTCHMN on September 09, 2015, 10:49:02 AM
Haggen should just reorganize into a smaller footprint cinnamon roll shop.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on September 09, 2015, 10:51:19 AM
Large format supermarkets are on the way out. It's all about smaller footprint stuff. Maybe I'm in the minority but I go to Ralph's once a month (if that) to shop. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Bullsback on September 09, 2015, 11:26:09 AM
Wonder if pavilions will come back.  First vons left, and then pavilions, I like them better than albertsons for whatever reason. 

You'd think that QuickSilvers competition would be more inline with billabong, Hurley, o niell and other lifestyle clothing companies...
Pavillions and Vons are the same thing...and they won't come back because of regulatory approval. Ralphs is the only choice and you have a Ralph's at Culver / Walnut and Jamboree / Irvine Blvd. I would think their is going to be a shopping center by Eastwood as well (or somewhere in that area), but I could be wrong. I don't see TIC going to a non western grocery store as one of its primary tenants, although I suppose a higher end retailer could go there, but i don't know how well they'd do and would think a "smaller" whole foods just isn't a fit. Its basically Ralph's or Gelsons. Given I live within walking distance of this area, I hope they replace it and soon (as I like the convenience factor) but nothing in this location has done well (their is a reason they chose to close this store vs. the Albertson's...the Pavillions was always DEAD).  Albertson's also just seemed to have better "sales", etc. 

TIC is going to have to provide some nice incentives for one of the big grocers to move in. Leverage this deal with some discounted rent at another location or maybe priority access for a new shopping center (scratch your back type of deal).  Just my opinion.  That or provide some serious decreased rent until OH goes in.  Once OH is built out, this center will be a no brainer, but depending on what happens to the RE market, you have no idea when that actually will be and Pavillions already got stuck playing that gamble (as have a lot of other tenants in that center). 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Bullsback on September 09, 2015, 11:29:05 AM
Wonder if pavilions will come back.  First vons left, and then pavilions, I like them better than albertsons for whatever reason. 

You'd think that QuickSilvers competition would be more inline with billabong, Hurley, o niell and other lifestyle clothing companies...

Pavilions can't come back because it was shed to get the merger approved.

18 stores in the Pacific Northwest to an additional 146 stores far from their niche without a distribution center in place. Even if they had lower prices, they probably still would have struggled.

Obviously they didn't have a lot of time (i.e. the private equity firm backing them wasn't willing to contribute any cash towards buying them time) - the stores had to generate enough revenue to immediately cover all expenses.
It is what PE's do. They leverage the crap out of it and roll the dice. If it wins, great for them, if it loses, they shield themselves and it is the banks who financed the deal and the employees who get hurt. Employees almost always get hurt when PE gets involved. While PE has its place in development and other areas, in general, it is a ruthless business that in my opinion, does a lot more harm then good for everybody but those that in PE. They leave companies they bought worse off and the only major win is to those that work for the PE company (and even then those companies are ruthless).

Beauty of it is, it does provide money for initiative, etc.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Happiness on September 09, 2015, 02:26:48 PM
PE is basically gambling with other people's money.  Because the PE loads massive new debt on the target company by using the target company's own assets as collateral, the target company has to generate big cash flow to service the new debt immediately after the acquisition.  If the company can do this, the PE wins.  If the company cannot do this, the lenders and employees lose.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on September 10, 2015, 01:56:31 PM
Some barre workout place (alkalign) and some upscale baby store is opening up in Woodbury town center. Why couldn't we get some more restaurants instead?! Sigh.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: woodburyowner on September 10, 2015, 04:09:44 PM
Some barre workout place (alkalign) and some upscale baby store is opening up in Woodbury town center. Why couldn't we get some more restaurants instead?! Sigh.

Give these new stores a year or so.. I'm sure there is still a chance restaurants will fill the spaces.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: The California Court Company on September 10, 2015, 04:44:49 PM
that upscale baby store is where you will meet a lot of preggers from China, birth tourism...

Some barre workout place (alkalign) and some upscale baby store is opening up in Woodbury town center. Why couldn't we get some more restaurants instead?! Sigh.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on September 10, 2015, 06:18:25 PM
that upscale baby store is where you will meet a lot of preggers from China, birth tourism...

Some barre workout place (alkalign) and some upscale baby store is opening up in Woodbury town center. Why couldn't we get some more restaurants instead?! Sigh.

Chinese owner :)

They should offer post partnum Chinese services. A lot of people (AA, FCB and FOBs) are always looking for meals, etc postpartum.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on September 10, 2015, 08:28:34 PM
That Hen House(?) next to Wholesome Choice is closed and being replaced by a place called E+ something.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on September 16, 2015, 11:32:14 AM
Haunted house:

http://the17thdoor.com/home2/

Looks interesting, I think there's something like this in LA.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: gaogi on September 18, 2015, 03:11:06 PM
Urban Plates and a Starbucks (with drive thru) is opening up in Irvine Marketplace .  Looks like a new building in the Lowe's parking lot?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: aquabliss on September 18, 2015, 03:42:51 PM
Urban Plates and a Starbucks (with drive thru) is opening up in Irvine Marketplace .  Looks like a new building in the Lowe's parking lot?

Good idea, so much extra parking there.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on September 22, 2015, 06:51:00 PM
Cafe Rio is going to be opening where Jalapenos was off off Alton and Culver.

I actually like their food a bit better than Chipotle... but not as much as Jalapenos.

And I don't remember if this has been posted but Afters (the donut ice cream sandwich place) will be opening at Diamond Jamboree (not sure if that is the old Yogurtland space).
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on September 22, 2015, 07:26:43 PM
Aren't cafe rios normally in bigger spaces than that old jalapeños?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on September 22, 2015, 07:58:24 PM
Man, I miss Jalapenos, been going to Taco Factory instead but the al pastor is not even close.  The Tustin Jalapenos is still around but conflicts with our end of the world schedule.  I hear they have lengua and cabeza, too ghetto for Irvine
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on September 22, 2015, 10:05:52 PM
Aren't cafe rios normally in bigger spaces than that old jalapeños?
Probably but the kitchen area was huge for Jalapenos. They could probably move that back and make enough seating for Cafe Rio... plus lots of outdoor seating there now.

At least it's a Mexican place... don't want to go to Tustin. :)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on September 22, 2015, 10:53:21 PM
Have you guys tried Miguel's Jr at Tustin Marketplace?  It's pretty good.  Try the Famous Garbage Burrito. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on September 23, 2015, 07:14:06 AM
Have you guys tried Miguel's Jr at Tustin Marketplace?  It's pretty good.  Try the Famous Garbage Burrito. 
Yeah, I like that place.

The salsas are bland and it's in *Tustin*.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on September 23, 2015, 07:36:45 AM
If you guys want good salsa go to supermex (culver/walnut) and by a 32oz container for $5. They have it made and ready to go
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: aquabliss on October 15, 2015, 03:14:41 AM
The former Staples location at Woodbury Town Center is becoming a Homegoods. As long as I don't have to go, I think its a good addition. 

Finally opens this Sunday.  Why not Saturday, I have no idea.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Vinster on November 11, 2015, 05:18:05 PM
Texas de Brazil is coming to the Marketplace.

http://www.shopthemarketplace.com/Directory/Store/Texas-de-Brazil
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: lnc on November 11, 2015, 06:14:05 PM
Texas de Brazil is coming to the Marketplace.

http://www.shopthemarketplace.com/Directory/Store/Texas-de-Brazil


Nice,  wonder how this compares to Agora Churrascaria. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on November 11, 2015, 08:04:17 PM
Native Foods in The District closed.

That mall area is just death to most stores.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: paperboyNC on November 12, 2015, 01:19:56 PM
Native Foods in The District closed.

That mall area is just death to most stores.

Bummer!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: shadyoc on November 14, 2015, 11:49:17 PM
Native Foods in The District closed.

That mall area is just death to most stores.

Bummer!

The food there is pretty good. That mall is slowly dying.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: aquabliss on November 14, 2015, 11:59:42 PM
I noticed they are refinishing the exterior of the old Elephant bar location.  Assuming that someone has leased the place but not sure who or what yet.

Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: jmoney74 on November 15, 2015, 06:44:13 AM
I noticed they are refinishing the exterior of the old Elephant bar location.  Assuming that someone has leased the place but not sure who or what yet.

EMC seafood? 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: madhandles on November 15, 2015, 09:25:35 AM
I noticed they are refinishing the exterior of the old Elephant bar location.  Assuming that someone has leased the place but not sure who or what yet.

EMC seafood?

Just passed by this morning.  EMC seafood sign is already up.  It's coming!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: iacrenter on November 15, 2015, 10:39:43 AM
I noticed they are refinishing the exterior of the old Elephant bar location.  Assuming that someone has leased the place but not sure who or what yet.

EMC seafood?

Just passed by this morning.  EMC seafood sign is already up.  It's coming!

This was posted back in February:

http://www.talkirvine.com/index.php/topic,12318.msg252195.html#msg252195
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on November 15, 2015, 02:52:49 PM
Seafood chowder and lobster roll sounds really good right now. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: WTTCHMN on November 22, 2015, 08:29:39 AM
ps9:  some roach with your noodle?

Thuan Kieu Noodle & Grill, 3961 Irvine Blvd., Irvine; cockroach infestation; permit suspended Nov. 17, reinstated Nov. 18.

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/nov-693185-suspended-permit.html


TK Noodle and Grill
(Coming Soon)
Phone: Not Available
Store Location: Northpark Plaza Suite: 3951

A casual restaurant offering Asian-inspired cuisine.

 :) :) :)

Class 302 Tea Cafe
(Coming Soon) Market Place
Phone: Not Available
Suite: 13252

Taiwanese restaurant and tea house café.

 :) :) :)

Barefoot Bowls
(Coming Soon)
Phone: Not Available
Store Location: Crossroads Suite: 3972L

Offering healthy and delicious Acai bowls and smoothies.

 :o :o :o

Capital Noodle Bar
(Coming Soon)
Phone: Not Available
Store Location: Crossroads Suite:

A Chinese noodle bar featuring thick rice noodles. Noodle dishes are the soul food of Asia - they are comforting, filling, healthful, and best of all, reasonably priced.

 :) :) :)

Pieology Pizzeria
(Coming Soon) Market Place
Phone: Not Available
Suite:

Pieology Pizzeria is known for fresh and customized pizzas that are ready in three minutes or less. For just one price, guests can enjoy unlimited toppings on pizzas.

 :) :) :)

I'm gonna get my noodle on!  Hoping Hoping Hoping "TK Noodle and Grill" is the same branch as "TK Noodle" in San Jose.  There's also the possiblity it's related to "Thuan Kieu Noodle and Grill" in GG, either way I'm gonna get my hu tieu without driving to Trieu Chau. 

Another Class 302?  Hopefully they have bigger sized seats, I need to be comfortable when eating greasy food.

Barefoot bowls???  I thought it was another foot massage place, they'll probably close within 3 months.

Capital Noodle Bar, never heard of them, only yelp hits were in London England.  Crossing fingers.

Pieology is always nice to have near, my kid will like it.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on December 08, 2015, 09:06:24 AM
Pan Du Monde (formerly McVeans, formerly PDM Cafe) finally closed.

That corner in Oak Creek doesn't seem to be able to support eateries well. Not sure how long Square One Pizza will survive especially with the CPK across the way.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: woodburyowner on December 09, 2015, 03:12:11 PM
Pan Du Monde (formerly McVeans, formerly PDM Cafe) finally closed.

That corner in Oak Creek doesn't seem to be able to support eateries well. Not sure how long Square One Pizza will survive especially with the CPK across the way.

So was Pan Du Monde = PDM?  Did PDM close, then McVeans close and then PDM came back?  This spot was the old Pei Wei I believe back 10 years ago.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on December 09, 2015, 06:25:31 PM
Pan Du Monde (formerly McVeans, formerly PDM Cafe) finally closed.

That corner in Oak Creek doesn't seem to be able to support eateries well. Not sure how long Square One Pizza will survive especially with the CPK across the way.

So was Pan Du Monde = PDM?  Did PDM close, then McVeans close and then PDM came back?  This spot was the old Pei Wei I believe back 10 years ago.
Yep. McVean was supposedly the head guy for the PDM Cafe concept, turned it into McVean's, didn't work out, I think Pan Du Monde got it back and then eventually shuttered it.

It was a Pei Wei and since we know that has huge backing, that part of the center must be really bad for restaurants. I'm trying to remember if Pei Wei was the first one there. I know Pasta Pomodoro was where Square One is now.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Kangen.Irvine on December 09, 2015, 06:44:42 PM
PDM unfortunately had a limited menu and was unwilling to accommodate allergies. Maybe someone could convince Cinnamon Productions from RSM to move in. It has brunch location written all over it.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Bullsback on December 16, 2015, 09:01:23 AM
Someone might have posted it, but a Luna Grill is going in the Marketplace (Irvine side). It is going in the new structure they are building across from the veggie grill area (in between Veggie Grill and where the recently built Islands is). It looks like their will be more than just Luna going in, but saw a sign up for Luna yesterday. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on December 16, 2015, 09:40:40 AM
Cafe Rio looks close to opening.

Didn't know they renovated California Fish Grill, looks much nicer and now they have craft sodas which is interesting.

Need a strip mall closer to Great Park.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Irvinecommuter on December 16, 2015, 05:45:39 PM
So some additions to Marketplace:

Texas de Brazil is coming in at the On the Border location.  AYCE Brazilian BBQ.  Looks good but the prices *_*  According to the website, the Las Vegas location charges $31.99 for weekday lunch and $49.99 for dinner/weekend.  The location in Utah (SLC) is charges $42.99 for dinner (apparently no lunch).  The San Antonio branch is also dinner only at $44.99.

For $100, my wife and I can split a steak, a house salad, and some sides at Mastro's!

http://www.ocweekly.com/restaurants/brazilian-steakhouse-texas-de-brazil-coming-to-irvine-6838333

A new burger bar:  Hopdoddy is coming to the Tustin side.

Quote
When it does open, expect the burgers to cost the same, if not similar to the Newport Beach location, which ranges from $7.25 for a Classic (Angus beef, red leaf lettuce, white onion, beef steak tomato, sassy sauce) to $13.25 for the Ahi Tuna Burger (sushi-grade tuna, sprouts, teriyaki, honey wasabi, nori chips, pickled ginger, mayo).

http://www.ocweekly.com/restaurants/hopdoddy-burger-bar-coming-to-tustin-6839974

I guess...I will stick with my In-n-out or Habit thanks.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: jmoney74 on December 16, 2015, 08:49:11 PM
So some additions to Marketplace:

Texas de Brazil is coming in at the On the Border location.  AYCE Brazilian BBQ.  Looks good but the prices *_*  According to the website, the Las Vegas location charges $31.99 for weekday lunch and $49.99 for dinner/weekend.  The location in Utah (SLC) is charges $42.99 for dinner (apparently no lunch).  The San Antonio branch is also dinner only at $44.99.

For $100, my wife and I can split a steak, a house salad, and some sides at Mastro's!

http://www.ocweekly.com/restaurants/brazilian-steakhouse-texas-de-brazil-coming-to-irvine-6838333

A new burger bar:  Hopdoddy is coming to the Tustin side.

Quote
When it does open, expect the burgers to cost the same, if not similar to the Newport Beach location, which ranges from $7.25 for a Classic (Angus beef, red leaf lettuce, white onion, beef steak tomato, sassy sauce) to $13.25 for the Ahi Tuna Burger (sushi-grade tuna, sprouts, teriyaki, honey wasabi, nori chips, pickled ginger, mayo).

http://www.ocweekly.com/restaurants/hopdoddy-burger-bar-coming-to-tustin-6839974

I guess...I will stick with my In-n-out or Habit thanks.

Hmmm how much is agora.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on December 16, 2015, 10:20:54 PM
So some additions to Marketplace:

Texas de Brazil is coming in at the On the Border location.  AYCE Brazilian BBQ.  Looks good but the prices *_*  According to the website, the Las Vegas location charges $31.99 for weekday lunch and $49.99 for dinner/weekend.  The location in Utah (SLC) is charges $42.99 for dinner (apparently no lunch).  The San Antonio branch is also dinner only at $44.99.

For $100, my wife and I can split a steak, a house salad, and some sides at Mastro's!

http://www.ocweekly.com/restaurants/brazilian-steakhouse-texas-de-brazil-coming-to-irvine-6838333

A new burger bar:  Hopdoddy is coming to the Tustin side.

Quote
When it does open, expect the burgers to cost the same, if not similar to the Newport Beach location, which ranges from $7.25 for a Classic (Angus beef, red leaf lettuce, white onion, beef steak tomato, sassy sauce) to $13.25 for the Ahi Tuna Burger (sushi-grade tuna, sprouts, teriyaki, honey wasabi, nori chips, pickled ginger, mayo).

http://www.ocweekly.com/restaurants/hopdoddy-burger-bar-coming-to-tustin-6839974

I guess...I will stick with my In-n-out or Habit thanks.

I've eaten at Hopdoddy when I was in Austin earlier this year.  Their burgers are good but the truffle fries are to die for.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: aquabliss on December 17, 2015, 07:16:31 AM
They opened a Hopdoddy in Fashion island a few weeks back.

Anyone try it?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Vinster on December 30, 2015, 01:00:07 PM
Sign up for Texas de Brazil's email club. They have deals all the time. They just had a buy a $100 gift card, get $25 extra bonus that ended last week. For the week of Veteran's Day (Mon - Thurs), they had half off dinners. They have a $10 off dinner offer for 1/4 - 1/7/16.

They had a VIP card available last March, for $60 you get 50% off 12 dinners (Sun - Thurs). I believe they do this every year.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: aquabliss on December 30, 2015, 02:25:35 PM
So $10/off dinner means I can take my family of 4 for only $160 + tax & tip.  Where do I sign up!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on December 30, 2015, 04:22:08 PM
I'm starting to hate buffets, bad experience at Caesars bacchanal, $55 per person and with horrible service, long waits and subpar food.  Worse was the $20/child, that's just robbery.   
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: jmoney74 on December 30, 2015, 04:42:36 PM
I'm starting to hate buffets, bad experience at Caesars bacchanal, $55 per person and with horrible service, long waits and subpar food.  Worse was the $20/child, that's just robbery.

What service?  you get the food yourself!  8)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on December 30, 2015, 05:31:17 PM
Let's just say my unlimited mimosa was severely limited when the waiter stopped waiting on my table.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Cornflakes on December 30, 2015, 08:30:00 PM
So some additions to Marketplace:

Texas de Brazil is coming in at the On the Border location.  AYCE Brazilian BBQ.  Looks good but the prices *_*  According to the website, the Las Vegas location charges $31.99 for weekday lunch and $49.99 for dinner/weekend.  The location in Utah (SLC) is charges $42.99 for dinner (apparently no lunch).  The San Antonio branch is also dinner only at $44.99.

For $100, my wife and I can split a steak, a house salad, and some sides at Mastro's!

http://www.ocweekly.com/restaurants/brazilian-steakhouse-texas-de-brazil-coming-to-irvine-6838333

A new burger bar:  Hopdoddy is coming to the Tustin side.

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When it does open, expect the burgers to cost the same, if not similar to the Newport Beach location, which ranges from $7.25 for a Classic (Angus beef, red leaf lettuce, white onion, beef steak tomato, sassy sauce) to $13.25 for the Ahi Tuna Burger (sushi-grade tuna, sprouts, teriyaki, honey wasabi, nori chips, pickled ginger, mayo).

http://www.ocweekly.com/restaurants/hopdoddy-burger-bar-coming-to-tustin-6839974

I guess...I will stick with my In-n-out or Habit thanks.

Hmmm how much is agora.

Agora is pretty decent. I believe weekday lunch is $30ish. Dinners and wkends are slightly higher.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on December 30, 2015, 10:30:17 PM
Went to Cafe Rio today. Way more seating than Jalapenos but that's because they used half the space as kitchen.

I still miss Jalapenos... the barbacoa is just too sweet at Cafe Rio.

Looks like Dickey's BBQ is opening next door where the waffle place used to be. Not sure how well eateries do in this center but it's nice to see everything occupied again.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: gaogi on January 05, 2016, 02:53:46 PM
ps9:  some roach with your noodle?

Thuan Kieu Noodle & Grill, 3961 Irvine Blvd., Irvine; cockroach infestation; permit suspended Nov. 17, reinstated Nov. 18.

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/nov-693185-suspended-permit.html


Ugh...now I know why I was on the throne for two days this past weekend after eating here!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: qwerty on January 05, 2016, 03:32:29 PM
Damn - I almost got my wife takeout from that place.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: iacrenter on January 05, 2016, 03:52:13 PM
The food must be good if the Health Department is issuing violations. That's worth an extra star on Yelp for Asian restaurants ;)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: jmoney74 on January 05, 2016, 04:12:18 PM
ps9:  some roach with your noodle?

Thuan Kieu Noodle & Grill, 3961 Irvine Blvd., Irvine; cockroach infestation; permit suspended Nov. 17, reinstated Nov. 18.

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/nov-693185-suspended-permit.html


Ugh...now I know why I was on the throne for two days this past weekend after eating here!

Vietnamese mentality.  I went there during the summer.. had to ask them to turn on the AC.  THIS AINT VIETMINSTER!!!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: aquabliss on January 05, 2016, 05:16:21 PM
Oh crap, I love eating at TK... so sad to hear this.  Now I'm not gonna eat there anymore.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: SoCal on January 11, 2016, 03:28:26 PM
Macy's closure is in full swing.

(http://s13.postimg.org/9d4hddxvr/20160111_120937.jpg)

People are descending on the sales racks.

(http://s17.postimg.org/xt09ssy27/20160111_121320.jpg)

But it's not very easy to make a purchase.

(http://s8.postimg.org/4m5pe79x1/20160111_130949.jpg)

I tried to keep the pics here small. But the sign says to visit the register at Tommy Hilfiger or Cosmetics. I guess nobody reads these signs because there were long lines everywhere except Cosmetics. [continued...]
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: SoCal on January 11, 2016, 03:34:43 PM
... Want to try something on? Too bad. The dressing room is closed.

(http://s7.postimg.org/t6uqpk3xn/20160111_131001.jpg)

The few registers that are open are like 10 people deep. But not Cosmetics. That's where I made my purchases. I also decided to make eye contact with people in the long lines and smile. If they smiled back, I told them there were no lines in Cosmetics. No wait at all. Help yourself. About 4 people responded and got helped immediately. They were really happy.

(http://s14.postimg.org/wbn4nnq35/20160111_134310.jpg)


Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: SoCal on January 11, 2016, 03:44:02 PM
... Expect the store to be in disarray. There was stuff laying on the floor in every department. No employees could be found except a few ringing people up. If you have questions, too bad. It looks like almost everybody was already let go. One lady approached me to ask where "we" keep the swimsuits. I had to tell her I don't work here.

(http://s16.postimg.org/mf3wxarwl/20160111_134837.jpg)

A random shopper approached me and started saying how the deals aren't that great and how there were better deals before Christmas with 40% and 50% off. She is right. Most things were 20% off and there were NO deals in the beauty department. I found out from the cosmetic employee ringing me up that all cosmetics, perfume, etc. inventory will be shipping to the other stores, hence, no discounts. However, that didn't stop some people from filling up gigantic bags with merchandise. Again, no great deals to be found here. I bought a few things but didn't get the urge to "stock up" unlike these people. The 3 adults couldn't even carry everything to the car.

(http://s11.postimg.org/7pe5bw2g3/20160111_134935.jpg)
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Soylent Green Is People on January 11, 2016, 03:52:06 PM
Sounds like a scene from Mad Max. Yikes!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: jmoney74 on January 11, 2016, 03:57:39 PM
doesn't look as bad as you are describing it?  lol
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: SoCal on January 11, 2016, 04:06:16 PM
In summary, here's what I learned:

Macy's says everything must go. But they don't act like it. The closing of dressing rooms and registers is nonsensical. Expect it to be a bit difficult to navigate the store with the racks added and merchandise not being picked up off the floor. For example, in home goods, there are large boxes blocking the aisles (i.e. Kitchen Aid mixers). Don't expect to find an employee to assist you. Most of them have clocked out for the last time. It seems a bit premature since they are supposed to remain open until March according to the O.C. Register. I had several people ask me if I worked there. Since I have a pulse, I guess they thought there was hope. I hated to break it to them each time that I am not, in fact, an employee. However, I don't mind helping since I know the store pretty well. You can always reach out to fellow shoppers to assist you. I walked one guy around the store to show him where something is. Each department is fairly cluttered. I got there around noon and thankfully, it was relatively quiet. Definitely not as bad as it could be. Some shoppers there seemed to think this is the deal of the century (hint: it's not.) 20% off is nothing to write home about.  I can not imagine what this store will look like by the end of the week. I'm so glad I went on a Monday. Now, here is the important part: If you want to make a purchase, GO TO COSMETICS!!! I could not believe the people who were standing in long lines when there was really no reason to. They just follow the herd. There were easily 20 people in line at the one main register downstairs at T.H. and a meager 10 upstairs (in the pic). Lastly, the store no longer belongs to Macy's. That's right. It's not Macy's anymore. The employee who rung me up said it has changed hands and now belongs to a liquidation company(?) I believe she said you're not able to use your Macy's card and certain coupons. Also, all sales are final as of today. Enjoy!
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: Bullsback on January 11, 2016, 04:09:14 PM
Whenever a store goes out of business, which still has other retail stores, the general opinion I have is that almost all of the deals will be crap. If anything, they actually make more money (as normal mark-ups would be greater, but when people assume discount, they throw rationale out). Plus you have no risk of returns (as I presume you can't return anything...but maybe Macy's is different than say Toys R'us sale at the marketplace). 

Any good merchandise that is easy to move is going to end up at their other retail locations. In fact, I bet you that merchandise which isn't moving, will also get moved from their normal stores to here because they know it is easier to pawn off in a "liquidation" sale.

The one exception was when haggen closed, those last two days, I got some amazing deals on stuff.  That said, only have a fridge / freezer so big (and I'm not a hoarder), but their were some nice last minute deals. 
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: SoCal on January 11, 2016, 04:19:35 PM
doesn't look as bad as you are describing it?  lol

I can't say it's a pleasant shopping experience. The closing of the registers and dressing rooms (really??) are the most frustrating. I purchased 3 garments. It took approximately 25 minutes to ring me up... and that was with zero wait. The problem is the people who work in cosmetics just aren't familiar with how to ring up other departments. She couldn't figure out the computer. I got overcharged, being rung up at full price. I had to walk the salesgirl over to show her the sign that shows the deal. Then she had to call a manager who took forever to get there. Finally, things got ironed out. But definitely not as bad right now as it probably will be as things wind down. I feel bad for the employees left behind. They're getting this dumped on them with no training on how to handle it.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: SoCal on January 11, 2016, 04:30:21 PM
I also overheard several people saying they were giving up and leaving due to the long waits at the few open registers. One lady had absolutely had it. She had stood in line for over a half hour with a woman in front of her who was letting her newborn baby scream at the top of his/her lungs the entire time. :( But hey, not as bad during the week as it will be the weekend.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: bones on January 11, 2016, 04:30:52 PM
Haven't you heard. Macy's is yesterday's news. Tj Maxx is now the largest seller of clothing in the world. Just go there if you want to bargain shop.

http://www.economist.com/news/business/21685461-clothes-shops-sell-famous-brands-big-discounts-are-thriving-maxx
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on January 26, 2016, 12:01:26 PM
Lotus toilet seats, walked past it last night while I was getting take out from King chops.  Did catch my eye with its row of toilets in bright fluorescent lighting on display.  Seats are $1000??  from its website.  What a weird location...
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: akkord on January 26, 2016, 01:26:10 PM
Lotus toilet seats, walked past it last night while I was getting take out from King chops.  Did catch my eye with its row of toilets in bright fluorescent lighting on display.  Seats are $1000??  from its website.  What a weird location...

I work so close to King Chops but have never had it, how does their pork chop rice compare to Tofu King's?
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: ps9 on January 26, 2016, 01:51:49 PM
I like King chops better, though I don't remember tofu King that well.  The pork chop is not battered and has great flavor.  I prefer their fried chicken rice more, my go to dish and really hits the spot.  Get the rice combos since you don't get the little side dishes if you go noodle route.  Price is steep at almost $10 a plate but the quality is there.  Owner/manager stares at you from the kitchen when you walk in, awkward.  The new waitress seems not to be all there as well.  Free tea with Yelp check in I believe.  Watch out for the papa johns drivers, they speed through the parking lot.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: B2FiNiTY on January 26, 2016, 05:26:24 PM
King chops is awesome. It's one of the better pork chop rice plates out there. It originates from Taiwan and the flavor hasn't changed that much, just the larger portions you get here. Only downside is that it is pretty pricey for what you get. Afterall, it's just a lunch box.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: akkord on January 28, 2016, 10:53:52 AM
Alright time to go to King Chops for lunch this Friday or sometime next week.  I'll report back with what I think afterwards.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: woodburyowner on January 28, 2016, 04:55:56 PM
For pork chop rice, I would suggest going next door to I-Tea.  Their pork chop is more battered and flavorful.  Their daily specials are awesome - $7.95 for a different entree every day + ice tea.  Can't beat that.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: akkord on January 29, 2016, 01:01:14 PM
Went to King Chops today...wasn't that impressed with their pork chop rice and the price.  I'll go back and try the fried chicken rice as ps9 recommended, but I like Tofu King's pork chop rice a lot more flavor wise, it's also cheaper and you get more food. 

I think I enjoy the battered pork chops more after having King Chops non/lightly battered chop, so I'll try I-Tea's pork chop rice sometime per Woodbury's recommendation.

Nice Time still had the best pork chop rice, too bad they closed down.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: lnc on February 01, 2016, 06:25:32 PM
Nordstrom Rack will open in the fall at the Market Place in Tustin. It will replace the former Toys “R” Us.

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/nordstrom-702308-store-rack.html
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on February 01, 2016, 09:47:40 PM
Ooh nice.

In non-Irvine closures, Farrell's at Mission Viejo Mall closed and so did Scott's Seafood next to SCP.

Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: irvinehomeowner on February 12, 2016, 10:04:21 AM
Dickey's BBQ opened in the old waffle place next to the old Jalapeno's place (now Cafe Rio). I think they opened last week some time.

It's okay. Unless you are kid, it's a bit pricey, the special of the day is a good deal as it comes with a drink (which I think is $3 because they only have one size, x-large). It's counter service so it's pretty fast. I didn't know this was the same chain that was in the center off of Irvine Center Drive and Jefferey... that one wasn't open too long so I wonder how this one will do.

It's surprising how much space/seating these spots have compared to what was there before.I think Cafe Rio needs to stop showing how they make their food on the big screens and play some sports or something on their TVs.
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: SoCal on February 16, 2016, 05:54:32 PM
Macy's is BAAAAAAAAAACK!!

It took a hike from the Spectrum... and it made a hop, a skip, and a jump... down to the new "Five Lagunas" a.k.a. the soon-to-be gutted, refurbished, and built-up Laguna Hills Mall.

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/mall-652638-new-retail.html
Title: Re: Retail Openings and Closures
Post by: jmoney74 on February 16, 2016, 06:21:02 PM