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Calling for the Check

The menu of local restaurants shrank by two entries unexpectedly with closures at either end of town. Patrons of Royal Hawaiian, a landmark watering hole since 1947 in North Laguna, on Sunday drank up the inventory, including its signature lapu lapu cocktail, in a free-for-all ...

Royal Hawaiian Closure

Editors, While still attending U.S.C. in 1951, we  would drive to Laguna Beach for a day at the beach and dinner at the Royal Hawaiian.  Navy Grogs, “Wiki Wiki” steaks, a salad with a wonderful dressing, and flaming ice cream volcanos for desert;  all  at a price Don...

Overfishing Battle Strikes Home

Editor, The other night as my husband and I sat down at the counter of our favorite Laguna Beach sushi bar, I was shocked to see bluefin tuna written on the dry-erase specials board. It’s pretty common knowledge that the bluefin’s populations are in serious decline worldwide.  In...

Youngsters Vie for Track and Field Ribbons

By Monica Petrova, Special to the Independent The city’s annual track and field meet drew a crowd of spectators and young athletes to the high school field last Friday. Participating athletes were born in 1997 or later, ruining my chances of competing. Each competitor was...

Get Out of the House

Lights, Camera, Theater!   Thank you for your travel tips. I have been stopped at the grocery store, Girl Scout meetings and the Patriot’s Day Parade by enthusiastic readers who wanted to share their favorite island hotspots. I have Catalina very nearly planned; Hawaii, not...

Campaigns Encourage DUIs

Editor, It’s amazing to me that any candidate for office (including Kelly Boyd) would have a campaign party at the Marine Room or any other bar and send followers out into the streets of Laguna where the Laguna Beach Police Department is notorious for giving DUI tickets...

Asada Steps Up to Support Grad Night

Asada restaurant will host a fundraiser dinner prior to “No Suits Allowed,” the 24th annual Shap Show on Feb. 11. Proceeds from both will benefit the Class of 2012’s grad night party.   Tickets to the pre-show dinner will include a two-course meal, no host bar, and a...

Soccer Team Holds Tesoro to 1-1

By Horst Noppenberger, Special to the Independent The LBHS boys’ varsity soccer team maintained their preseason, unbeaten record with a come from behind 1-1 tie against soccer power-house Tesoro High School.   Early in the game, Tesoro shot from inside the six-yard box,...

Nutrition Forum Instills Food For Thought and Health

The national discussion about childhood obesity took a local turn last week during Coffee Break as the school district’s foodservice manager Debra Appel and local dietician Melanie Silverman described local nutritional practices in schools and common-sense guidelines.

LCAD Instructor Wins Prestigious Prize

Mia Tavonatti, a part-time mural instructor at Laguna College of Art and Design, won the $250,000 top award at Michigan’s Art Prize, for her 13-foot tall stained glass mosaic of the crucifixion of Christ.   Originally commissioned by the St. Killian Catholic Church in...

Hot Dish

Laguna Beach’s Katsuya is the latest brainchild of master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi and Sam Nazarian, founder and chief executive officer of sbe, a conglomerate of real estate, entertainment and hospitality businesses. Known for hearty fare and signature cocktails, this eatery...
Posted On 28 Sep 2011

Healthy Lifestyles Start at the Club

The Boys & Girls Club has combined education on healthy lifestyles and fitness into their daily programs. This summer over 200 young people regularly participated in the Club’s Healthy Habits program and learned about nutrition, fitness and a healthy lifestyle. Club leaders...

Quiet Zone Tickets Fill City Coffers

Arguments over nightclub in neighborhood continue Parking restrictions in the neighborhood around Mozambique Steakhouse at 1740 S. Coast Highway are here to stay. Despite complaints from some patrons and residents that the neighborhood has become a ticket trap due to the...

Quiet Zone Tickets Fill City Coffers

Arguments over nightclub in neighborhood continue Parking restrictions in the neighborhood around Mozambique Steakhouse at 1740 S. Coast Highway are here to stay. Despite complaints from some patrons and residents that the neighborhood has become a ticket trap due to the...

Unraveling Mosun’s Demise

The popular Laguna Beach sushi bar and night club Mosun abruptly closed last week under legal pressure, an attorney for the landlord said. After filing various legal appeals that forestalled eviction for more than seven months, the restaurant’s owner abandoned the premises on...