Softer Than Usual Opening for Two Restaurants

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Mixing up lapu lapu cocktails at Royal Hawaiian. Photo by Jody Tiongco.
Mixing up lapu lapu cocktails at Royal Hawaiian. Photo by Jody Tiongco.

Despite the conflicting presidential debate, two revamped restaurants in Laguna Beach opened their doors for invited guests Monday, Sept. 26, and later in the week to the public.

Royal Hawaiin’s new owner Mo Honarker and his daughter Hasty, the restaurant’s marketer, welcomed visitors, who sipped signature lapu lapu cocktails.

Guitarist Kenny Garcia and his niece Davina, along with ukulele player Pat “Palika” Enos and a hula dancer entertained at the rehabilitated North Laguna favorite.

The happy hour and dinner menu ranges from spam sliders for $10 to crusted mahi mahi for $34.

Moulin also opened this week, remaking the former home of Scandia Bakery on Forest Avenue in downtown.

Owner/chef Laurent Vrignaud opened an authentic French restaurant in Newport Beach in the fall of 2014.

He wowed customers such as Indy ad rep Carol Josepher, who raved about sampling a chocolate croissant, pinwheel custard and chicken pesto on French bread.


Playhouse Reveals the Show Behind the Show

Hollywood legends Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler battled censors and each other to write the classic film noir “Double Indemnity.” Now, in “Billy & Ray,” audiences go behind-the-scenes on this deadly funny journey through a war of creativity between two brilliant writers who nearly killed each other during the making of this Academy Award nominated masterpiece.

The production, which begins previews on Wednesday, Oct. 5, opens Sunday, Oct. 9 and will run through Sunday, Oct. 30.

“Billy & Ray” is written by Mike Bencivenga and directed by Michael Matthews. “Our audiences and subscribers are in for a hilarious and wild ride,” says Anne Wareham, the Playhouse artistic director.

Tickets range from $35 – $75 and can be purchased online at or by calling 949-497-2787.


Concert Pays Tribute to Composers Who Perished

David Lisker

Accomplished violinist David Lisker and four other young musicians from New York will perform works by six Jewish composers affected by the Holocaust at 4 p.m. at the Irvine Valley College Performing Arts Center, Sunday, Oct. 9.

The program, performed by violinists Lisker and Regi Papa, violist Jay Yiu, cellist Michael Katz, and pianist Renana Gutman, will feature the piano trio by Mieczyslaw Weinberg, selections from string quartets by Erwin Schulhoff, movements from string trios by Hans Krasa and Gideon Klein, the first movement of Piano Sonata No. 7 by Viktor Ullmann, the only surviving composition by Robert Dauber, as well as works by Joseph Achron and Ernest Bloch.

Tickets are $10-20. For info: 949 451-5333 or visit


A Night at the Movies

A new five-week class discussing film begins at the Susi Q and Community Center Thursday, Oct. 13 from 7-9:30 p.m. Ages 18 and up will view classic movies from the ‘30s to the ‘60s and discuss the making of the film, its impact and legacy.

Theo Siegel, a writer, researcher and television professional, will lead the discussion.

The cost is $50 for the series or $10 drop-in. More info at 949-464-6645. Register at:





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