Tony Roma's In Fullerton Is Now Harbor Prime Restaurant

Tony Roma's in Fullerton has been a fixture in its spot at the corner of Harbor and Orangethorpe for as long as I can remember. Now it has closed and turned into a new restaurant called Harbor Prime.

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Uroko Cafe Opens in Costa Mesa; Chaya Closes

Poke proliferation.
Chaya, the Costa Mesa Japanese cafe that we've written about and awarded for its salad dressing some three years ago, is now shuttered and has become Uroko Cafe. Care to guess what Uroko Cafe sells? Yes. Uroko continues the proliferation of poke. It is the umpteenth poke shop to open within this past year and it won't be the last, not even in the same block. Another poke store is slated to open soon down the street at Bristol and Baker any day now.

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Crazy Rock'N Sushi To Open in Irvine

We're gonna need a bigger boat.
Crazy Rock'N Sushi, which has branches in West Hollywood and La Puente among others, is coming to Irvine at Alton Square, which has been an unlikely hotbed of new restaurant activity in the past year. Both Mooyah Burgers and Pizza 90 opened there recently, and in a few months, the space vacated by El Cholo Cantina will become a California Pizza Kitchen.

Crazy Rock'N Sushi will be located next to Mooyah and takes over the space of Yen Sushi which closed in the last month.

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Coconut Rabbit, Our Winner For Best Thai 2014, Closes (Hopefully Temporarily)

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Photo by Edwin Goei
Let's hope this dish comes back when the restaurant does.
Coconut Rabbit, the Los Alamitos Thai restaurant that won Best Thai on our Best Of Issue last year along with countless of other accolades we bestowed upon it, has closed after two years. At least temporarily.

Their website has this phrase: "We will be closed as we are going through some exciting changes. Stay tuned!"

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Kiki Bakery Closes in Irvine; Chan Chan Food House Moves In

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Edwin Goei
So long, Kiki Bakery; Hello Chan Chan Food House
Kiki Bakery, which opened in Irvine's Heritage Plaza three years ago as part of a chain that hails from SGV, has closed. As others of its ilk are known to do, Kiki offered bread products from what seems like the same batch of sweet dough, with almost all of its products derived from it, molded into shiny egg-washed domes; injected with custard cream; wrapped into little danishes filled with ham and cheese.

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Mizuki, The "Biggest" Ramen Restaurant, Closes in Irvine

Kimberly Valenzuela
Gone gone gone.
Mizuki, the 125 seat Japanese restaurant that opened five years ago in Irvine's Park Place claiming to be the "biggest" ramen restaurant in these here United States, has closed.

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Rainbow Bridge, New Northwestern Chinese Restaurant in Irvine, Serves "Chinese Hamburgers"

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Where's Kermit?
Well that was quick. PokiStation, the Irvine restaurant that tried to cash in on the poke craze even though it was really a Chinese restaurant serving xiao long baos, closed after less than six months of its opening.

Now a new poke-less joint has moved in, and Irvine's probably better for it. The new place is called Rainbow Bridge and is a specialist in Ningxia cuisine of Northwest China.

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The Ally Restaurant Closes in Westminster; Project West Moves In

The Lamburgini.
The Ally Restaurant was one of the most interesting restaurants I've ever had the pleasure of reviewing. Not only did they make this strangely good spaghetti with ground beef, bacon and a fried egg, they cooked Asian stir-fried noodles, bánh mì, French bread pizzas, burgers, chicken wings, paninis, rice bowls, burritos, tacos, tater tots with chopped pineapple, bacon-wrapped dates and spaghetti nacho-cheese fries. The Ally closed earlier a few months ago after almost a three year run.

Now a new gastropub called Project West has taken over. Their menu is shorter but not any less ambitious. They're still in soft opening mode as I type this and will be until the end of the month (offering a 25% discount on all menu items until then). I've not tried it yet, but from their Instagram, they seem to be burger-focused.

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Magic Wok In Artesia Re-Opens As Crispy House

Edwin Goei
The room in which great things are eaten.

If you're Pinoy, married to one, or are otherwise enamored with the under-appreciated and under-rated cuisine of this island nation, you are well aware that one of the best places to get a crispy pata (a honking piece of a deep fried pork hock) is a place called Magic Wok in Artesia. You would also be aware that it was closed for the latter part of last year due to some sort of undisclosed problem that required them to regroup.

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El Patio, Legendary Anaheim Mexican Eatery, Closes This Month, Re-Opens in May!

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Goodbye ol' friend :-(

The day of reckoning is near for El Patio, Anaheim's beloved Mexican restaurant. With plans approved in January to demolish the shopping center where it stands, the hole-in-the-wall has to be out by April 26. But fret not, El Patio faithfuls: The Anaheim staple (since 1977) has found a new location just a half-mile down the street and will be reopening in May!

"It's going to be bittersweet," says Douglas Molina, vice president of El Patio. "We're going to move because we have to move. It's a sad day but we have to go forward regardless."

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