The District in Tustin Loses Three Restaurants

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Edwin Goei

I noticed in walking around The District in Tustin last week how deserted the place was. No, not the Costco part or the part where Target and Whole Foods continue to snarl up traffic; but the area around the theater. After the failure of Borders and Chaparosa Grill a few months ago, the quiet subset of The District called The Promenade could use a few tumbleweeds to complete the effect. Though the eateries on the outer edges of it, like JT Schmid's and Bluewater Grill are doing fine, go closer to the center of the plaza and you encounter empty shop after empty shop. It's eerie.
It is because of this that when Paigean--the Vietnamese restaurant that replaced Asian Mint--went belly up about three months ago, no one noticed. Word is that the original family that opened Asian Mint is already back at work at La Pho in Quail Hill.

And last week, when I got closer to the AMC, I noticed that Red Brick Pizza is also gone, with a sign outside heralding a new store coming soon called Mob Town Pizza. Perhaps the employment of an ethnic stereotype might change its luck?

Also earlier today, the Orange County Register noticed that Pablo's Cantina closed last Friday. This comes not as a shock. Honestly I thought they called it quits when they changed their logo from one font to another. But it is now obvious that what I saw was perhaps merely a last ditch effort to re-brand itself. Now that it's closed, it follows Pablo's Cantina's flagship store in Hawaii into the abyss. That restaurant, located in a touristy mall in Honolulu, closed in early June.

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Pat
Pat

Isn't there a mob town pizza in aliso viejo or laguna something? wonder if they're moving or doubling down or if it's totally unrelated

Miguelin
Miguelin

And here is another one.... it's sad

http://www.ocregister.com/news...Just as quickly as one restaurant opens, others close.... I think 2012 is going to be record breaking year.....

By the way

Right next to Tokio grill and Twisted noodles in the square in Irvine, by Agora  there is this new place openinghttp://makinolasvegas.com/ strange place to open such a restaurant, it used to be Blue Moon seafood, followed by Russells seafood palace, and they both went out in the good times...I wish them all the best of luck

Joe Blow
Joe Blow

The District is the worst shopping center on the planet. So freaking hard to get in & out of that place. Hope you aren't on a lunch break because you probably will get stuck because of the poor planning.

Señor Ben Dayhoe
Señor Ben Dayhoe

Agreed...why they didn't build a monorail or people mover is beyond me....

949girl
949girl

I agree.  The actual location is good...but the parking and the entrances are horrible. 

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