This past month was a bruiser. So many restaurants and venues--some new, some old--went kaput. Some were already on life support since December (Assi Natural Market and Seasons of Japan), while other closures were a complete surprise (Chakra and Traditions). And by the looks of it, February may bring even more.
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In spite of this, there were some notable openings: including the triumphant return of Renzo Macchiavello, who himself was on the closure list two years ago when his Irvine "Renzo's Taste of Peru" shuttered.
RESTAURANT/VENUES OPENED IN JANUARY: Tabi-Ji, Orange Tabu Burgers & Bites, Santa Ana Coffeebar Byul, Irvine Muelle Peruvian Cantina, Huntington Beach Poof, Buena Park OZ Grill, Irvine Wafflette Cafe, Lake Forest Yellowfin Fish Grill, Irvine
RESTAURANT/VENUES CLOSED IN JANUARY: Chakra, Irvine Tasti D-Lite, Tustin Traditions, Tustin Break of Dawn, Laguna Hills Chicken Dijon, Irvine Pee Wee's Famous Hot Dogs and Hamburgers, Huntington Beach Opah, Irvine Brasserie Pascal, Newport Beach Seasons of Japan, Irvine Oceanic Fish Grill, Irvine Assi Supermarket, Irvine Two 40 South, Brea