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Downtown Santa Ana Dining Rumors: Raw Restaurant? Diner? High-End Mexi? And Another High-End Mexi?

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Forgive the bad picture--it must've been taken during a weekend brunch at Memphis in downtown SanTana, while I was on my fourth Manhattan. But that's the current storefront for Au Naturaw, a planned raw-foods restaurant directly across from Memphis. Can a downtown support this, the veggie-leaning Gypsy Den, and the planned vegetarian restaurant by one of the Seabirds girls?

That's a question that'll be repeated again and again, as plans are being whispered around town about more restaurants opening in the coming months, joining an already crowded food scene.

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Photo by Ben Dayhoe

The project generating the most buzz is the reclamation attempt at the corner of Third and Main streets seen above. Once the site of a great Salvadoran restaurant, the corner spot has been abandoned for a good decade but has finally been covered up in butcher paper as to hide its remodeling. What's going in? The current talk is that it's going to function as an upscale greasy spoon during the day, and a bistro a night, the better to utilize the Nighthawks milieu.

There are also currently plans for TWO high-end Mexican restaurants. One would occupy the long-abandoned gas building across the way from the Grand Central Arts Center, but I'll believe it when I see it. That building was supposed to be a steakhouse, a 'cue place, a food marketplace ala what's being built at the Sunkist Packing House, even a restaurant-cum-art gallery--yet nothing has popped. The other high-end Mexican restaurant, on the other hand, is going to happen--but I've already said too much. Details to come on that one when I'm at liberty to discuss...

Got insight into any of these projects? Leave a comment below!

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Marchell
Marchell

Uhhm ... I meant to write politically incorrect! IPhone typo

Marchell
Marchell

Forgive my preaching but, Gustavo if you're eatin carnitas on a regular basis you do need to get your cholesterol check -up! Au Naturaw is proud to be bringing the 50,000 year old "food fad" to "Santana." However, "fad" is quite inpolitically incorrect now that it is associated with environmental, social, and medicinal justice. There is a REVOLUTION/ EVOLUTION currently in progress and healthy foods are in demand. We embrace your scepticism and hope to fill your mouths with a pleasant surprise!

909Jeff
909Jeff

This is bullshit!  The Gentrification continues!!!!

elserracho
elserracho

Yep, this is in fact gentrification, like it or not and I love it. 

909Jeff
909Jeff

I was completely bullshittin with Gustavo... 

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

If it's good food, and the owners aren't getting subsidies from the city, not arrogant (cough cough Lola Gaspar) or bigots (cough cough one of the owners of Chapter One), I have no problem with who comes in.

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