Haven Gastropub Conserves Water by Switching to Air Compressors

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With the California drought upon us, Greg Daniels--Executive Chef/Partner at Haven Gastropub--decided to switch out the bar's water dishwashers for air compressors.

"When you're a restaurateur that relies on local resources during a drought, it makes you question the sustainability of local produce," he says. "Changing the way we use water seemed like our responsibility."

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Two OCSA Students Open Pop-Up Restaurant in Costa Mesa

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Kristine Hoang
Noah Rosen and Austin January, co-owners of CLASS Kitchen

It's not everyday high school culinary students dream of opening a restaurant and, well, actually make it happen. But Orange County High School of the Arts (OCSA) juniors Noah Rosen and Austin January are doing just that, opening an entirely student-run pop-up restaurant called CLASS Kitchen on June 26 that will serve a modern American, four-course prix fixe menu every weekend for five weeks. Within the first two weeks of starting their Kickstarter campaign, they've already exceeded their $1,400 goal by over $6,000 thus far.

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Have You Seen Hi-Time Wine Cellars' Stolen Storage Trailer?

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At 11 p.m. on Monday, June 8, a 2001 Haulmark storage trailer belonging to Costa Mesa-based booze heaven Hi-Time Wine Cellars was stolen from their parking lot. The exact details are still being investigated by the Costa Mesa Police Department, but the company's beer buyer, Matt Link, noticed the trailer was missing on Tuesday morning.

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Video of Waitress Being Run Over and Booking Photos of Alleged Dine-and-Dashers Released

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Booking photos courtesy of the Orange County District Attorney's office
Despite the smile, Rowshaid Cordell Pellum faces the most-serious charges.
UPDATE NO. 2, MARCH 25, 10:57 A.M.: Authorities have released booking photos of dine-and-dash suspects Rowshaid Cordell Pellum, Santeea Munay Ralph, Shyteice Lashay Miles and Markeisha Michelle Williams and video of waitress Maria Uriostegui being run over outside Mexico Lindo Que Rico restaurant in unincorporated Anaheim Sunday.

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Is a Starbucks Tip Jar Worth Dying For?

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Tale of the tip jar
A Huntington Beach Starbucks tip jar thief picked the wrong time to ride up on his bicycle and pull his evil deed, which led to a tug-of-war with an armed and retired cop. Their struggle over three dollar bills and some change Saturday night resulted in 55-year-old Scott Fahey getting conked in the head with a 40-pound metal sign, 26-year-old Francisco Cardenas getting booked on theft and assault with a deadly weapon charges and followers of the incident getting their virtual panties in a bunch on social media.

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Santa Ana's Fourth Street Market To Open Feb. 16, Preview at Savor Santa Ana Feb. 12

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Fourth Street Market opens Feb. 16.

[Updated 2/3/2015 with the correct pricing for Savor Santa Ana tastes: $2. Still cheap.]

It's been a long time coming, but downtown Santa Ana's food hall is finally ready to throw open its doors to the public. The paper is down, the signs are up, and the tenants are buying their start-up ingredients. Fourth Street Market (4SM) is located at 201 E. 4th St., adjacent to Style World and across from the East End Marketplace. Monday, February 16, 2015 is opening day, though there will be a public preview during the Savor Santa Ana event on Thursday, February 12 from 5-8 p.m. where the vendors will sell small tastes for $1 $2 each.


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Owners of Anaheim's El Patio, Glo-Room Blast City's Plans to Demolish Their Businesses

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Tacos, burritos and tortas: Who could ask for more?
The fate of an Anaheim shopping center and the future of its tenants swings in the balance this afternoon. The city's planning commission is holding a public hearing at 5 p.m. to decide on moving forward with a proposal that would level businesses on the corner of La Palma and Magnolia avenues in favor of a future McDonald's, Rite Aid Pharmacy and retail space. The center is home to longtime and legendary Anaheim establishments like El Patio Drive In and the Glo-Room. If the planning commission approves the proposal by Frontier Real Estate Investments, they'll be crushing the hard work of immigrant entrepreneurship from El Salvador to Vietnam along with it.

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El Patio, The Glo Room and Other Legendary Anaheim Businesses Set to Be Demolished?

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An Anaheim staple...
Anaheim's El Patio Drive In is rallying a Mexi food militia against plans to bulldoze the shopping center where it has stood for decades. The hole-in-the-wall on the city's west side sounded the alarm on Facebook telling its loyal legion that Frontier Real Estate Investments, with Anaheim's all-too-eager blessing, wants to raze existing businesses in favor of putting up a McDonald's, Rite Aide and other bland retail outlets!

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Marilyn Hagerty Reviews McDonald's!

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MmmcDonald'ssss....
Marilyn Hagerty, if you don't remember, is the 88-year-old Grand Forks Herald restaurant critic whose Olive Garden review went viral several years ago because of the snarky hipsters who pointed at it to show how unhip she was. Backlash against the snark quickly ensued and many came to her defense, including Anthony Bourdain, who not only said this to his Twitter followers "Very much enjoying watching Internet sensation Marilyn Hagerty triumph over the snarkologists (myself included)," but also offered her a book deal.

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Irvine Marriot Opens CANVAS, A Food And Drink Concept Lab For Aspiring Restaurateurs

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This could be you.
No, CANVAS is not another hotel restaurant. CANVAS apparently is a venue where aspiring chefs and restaurant entrepreneurs can pitch their ideas to the Marriott Hotel group and then, if selected, get some start-up capital and see their ideas tested as a restaurant. It sounds like Restaurant Wars from Top Chef in real life, doesn't it?

Here's how the press release describes it:

By this Thursday, local start-up chefs can pitch their food or drink concept, and be selected to incubate their ideas at the Marriott Irvine hotel, receive up to $50,000 in startup money, and get professional advice from Marriott to realize their ambitions.The space is ready-to-build at the Irvine Marriott, and Marriott's expert team of designers will work with start-up Chefs to help realize a space that supports their vision. Marriott will test their restaurant chops and get the Chef's idea off the ground.
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