It's rare for a shuttered restaurant to ever reopen, so when Cafe Chiarini was resurrected under the new name Crave by one of its former owners, we actually stood in awe upon our first visit, gawking through the glass partition, only half-believing the chocolate chip cookies we thought we'd never se ... More >>
Judy Fleenor returns to Santa Ana with her new restaurant
As Gustavo reported back in January, Judy Fleenor of Cafe Chiarini fame was planning to open a new restaurant called Crave on 4th Street in the former Tommy Pastrami space. The restaurant has now opened (actually, it opened about a month ago).
I never had a chance to eat at Cafe Chiarini in downtown SanTana, but all the Forkers who tried it swore by it, as did a hell of a lot of other people. But it stayed open for barely a year before mysteriously closing last year in a swirl of rumors.Now, one of the gals behind it, Judy Fleenor, has re ... More >>
For those still mourning the loss of Royal Hawaiian in Laguna Beach (and their boozy lapu lapu drink), here's another unfortunate closure to add to the list. Cafe Chiarini, the popular downtown Santa Ana lunch spot known for its spacious patio, inch-thick planks of sourdough bread and obscenely-gooe ... More >>
Photo by Meranda CarterPretty in purple - Iliana as Part Two's spokespersonLadies' month at On the Line continues with Iliana Chiarini. If you frequent Cafe Chiarini, she has probably greeted you by name. I was thrown for a loop by her humor the first time, her warm greeting (as though I were fam ... More >>