Grabbagreen, a new health-conscious restaurant chain with multiple franchise locations in Arizona, Texas, California, North Carolina, Colorado, Idaho, New Jersey and Tennessee, has opened in Orange. There’s also a location in RSM. Menu items include grain bowls and wraps using collard greens.
763 S Main St, Orange, CA 92868
El Indio Botanas y Cervezas has opened in Santa Ana in the space that was formerly Eqeko. It serves craft beers and a small plates menu consisting of items such as Mexican-style avocado toast.
309 W 3rd St, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Costa Mesa’s Sushi Island has closed. In its place a new sushi and izakaya restaurant called Kakurega has opened, operated by former chefs from Newport Beach’s Kitayama.
2574 Newport Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Barilla, the pasta brand, has opened Casa Barilla in South Coast Plaza, the first West Coast location for the restaurant. There are three in New York. It offers Mediterranean cuisine that includes pastas and pizzas. Located across from UNIQLO and next to the Tsujita Artisan Noodle, it takes the former spot of Rainforest Cafe.
3333 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Noodlology, a braised beef noodle specialist which has two locations in Rowland Heights, has opened a location in Irvine across from IVC.
15455 Jeffrey Rd, Ste 300, Irvine, CA 92618
Before becoming an award-winning restaurant critic for OC Weekly in 2007, Edwin Goei went by the alias “elmomonster” on his blog Monster Munching, in which he once wrote a whole review in haiku.