Killer Shrimp Headed to Newport Beach?

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I hate to admit it, but it's not often I cross over the Orange Curtain and into Los Angeles. I'm a Bay Area transplant who doesn't leave the bubble. What I really need is a guided tour, but I digress ...

One place that used to be on my short list was always Killer Shrimp, a Southern seafood spot located in Marina del Rey and Studio City. They were good for bowls of fiery broth teeming with sweet, plump shrimp and never-ending French bread to soak it all up with.

Both locations shuttered a few years ago and obituaries popped up on Yelp. Then, in late 2011, word came of the return. A massive Killer Shrimp has since opened waterfront in MdR. It was just as I remembered it: A generous serving of shrimp swimming in a tomato broth kicked up with heavy spice, a dash of booze and an abundant scoop of rosemary. (Here's a review.)

Not a minute after saying how much Orange County needed Killer Shrimp, too, our waitress confirmed it was in the works. She went to the back for more details and gave us this: Killer Shrimp. Newport Beach. June 2012.

I've since left a message with management for more information but nothing yet. I'll keep trying, but for now, something to celebrate!

Update: Shuji, operating on BEASTMODE, picked up the slack and has the rest of the (confirmed) details at LA Weekly.

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