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“GuacAmigos” Opens in old “Joe’s Crabshack” Location

As we know, Joe’s Crabshack closed recently with very little notice.  If you would still like to get your fix, the closest one to Newport is in their Garden Grove location, at 12011 Harbor Blvd. Garden Grove, CA 92840 (11am to 11pm) But from its ashes rises the newest “high volume, high profile” concept called GuacAmigos launched by three restaurateur brothers and …

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Mary, from Cassidy’s, has Passed

Mary Elam has passed. Her passing and our loss comes as a result of an aneurysm one week ago Friday, and her time of departure was 11:52 p.m. on Sunday February 3rd. Mary was born in LA, and worked at Cassidy’s for 38 years through two different management teams and was known to as a fiercely loyal woman. She is …

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DUI Saturation Patrols on Superbowl Sunday

This Superbowl, as I spend Sunday sobbing about why the SAN DIEGO Chargers didn’t make it again, many of you will be joining me in rooting for the Rams.  But after the Patriots win the Superbowl tomorrow, please be careful driving home as there will be a lot of angry Rams fans– including myself.  There will also be a lot …

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Pizza Press Coming to Balboa Peninsula

It’s hard to write about anything going into the atrocious “Vue” building without being reminded of history of a certain someone trying to shut down Woody’s Wharf as they went in “due to noise”, but the Pizza Press has secured a location in the Vue building, and after what seems like 2 years of waiting, is finally opening its doors …

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American Junkie Closes, “The Peninsula” Opens in its Place

Last Friday night was the soft opening of The Peninsula Kitchen and Bar, a bar/restaurant which has taken the place of American Junkie. We reached out to the owners of The Peninsula to get the scoop on the location, who they are, and what their vision is (and what happened to American Junkie!), but we received no response. I attended …

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Total Lunar Eclipse Sunday & King Tides Monday

Tonight we we have a lunar eclipse, and tomorrow we have some of the biggest King Tides in years! Today, at 6:36pm the prenumbral eclipse will begin.  While you probably won’t notice any difference except a slight shade alteration in the moon, you will really begin to see the changes at 7:33pm, when the partial eclipse begins. At 8:41pm, the …

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Rains are Gone, but Our Beach has Unsafe Water for 3-4 Days

Urban Runoff by Tito Negron

It’s been a wet couple of days as we have received the first REAL rains of the season!  These showers were a much-needed water for our area, but it also presents a problem: urban runoff and bacterial water infestations– always a concern with a watershed event. As the chemicals wash off into the ocean and the storm drains flood, it has also washed …

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Fire Hydrant Blown on PCH & Hoag Drive

If you are planning on driving to, from, or near the peninsula today, be aware of what appears to be a fire hydrant which was hit on PCH by Hoag Drive, near the Royal Thai Cuisine.  A massive, high-pressure water main (likely 8 inch pipe) is shooting into the air for several stories. Here’s some cellphone video shot by SaveNewporter …

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Blackies Under New Ownership… Sort Of.

As of the first of the year, the keys to Newport Beach’s most famous bar, Blackies, have been handed to the building owner, Mario Marovic. Will it be torn down to build condos?  Will he put an alligator park on it?  Will he triple the prices?  Sadly, despite Newports lack of alligator parks, that simply isnt true.  And neither are …

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Pizza Nova Closes, The New Laws Taking Effect on Jan1 of 2019

Yesterday was the last day for Pizza Nova.  The beloved pizza spot on the Harbor which was famous for its outstanding garlic rolls has closed its doors for good.  It was no secret that the building has been for sale for many years, but the lease agreement actually placed more value on the lease than the building, making a purchase …

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