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Keeping the Screens Filled

Keeping the Screens Filled

Our movie theatre is on the endangered list.  In spite of really low admission prices, many great movies and use by the art museum’s film group once each month, it is down to one or two employees, who at times sell tickets and popcorn, too. It needs new electronic signs, like the newly re-opened Port in […]

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Royal Hawaiian, a Warning for North Laguna

Royal Hawaiian, a Warning for North Laguna

Editor,   The transformation of the renowned Royal Hawaiian into a noisy neighborhood problem shows the need to balance business and neighborhood interests by compliance with conditional use permit rules. This often difficult process is likely to reappear as owners submit plans for parcels under development or still vacant along North Coast Highway. Most property along […]

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Calling for the Check

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  send-off and quasi wake. The Sunday before, Café Vienna, a […]

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Royal Hawaiian Closure

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 could afford ( guys paid in those […]

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No Guts

No Guts

Editor, I clicked up the March 28 Planning Commission meeting that extinguished the life of the Royal Hawaiian and asked myself: What has happened to our town? What has our city government done to us? First they take away our beaches, then our fishing, and now, because of one cranky old lady they drove the […]

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Get a Sneak Peak of High-End Tag Sale

Get a Sneak Peak of High-End Tag Sale

Organizers of Laguna Beach’s Boutique Benefit plan a pre-sale party on Friday, May 4, which supports local and global causes.   For a $40 tax-deductible contribution, participants before shopping can feast between 5 and 6 p.m. at Nirvana Grille, 303 Broadway St., which serves as host for donated delicacies from local restaurants including Laguna Culinary […]

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Raising a Glass Raises Funds for Glennwood

Raising a Glass Raises Funds for Glennwood

About 300 people attended the Glennwood Housing Foundation wine-tasting fundraiser earlier this month, which raised surpassed expectations by raising $15,000 for the organization. “The community is starting to understand the need for housing for these young adults with disabilities,” said Glennwood fundraiser organizer and local parent Wendy Potter, who expressed appreciation to Brian Cuddy, who […]

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‘Hawaiian’ Reigns in Chef Contest

‘Hawaiian’ Reigns in Chef Contest

Royal Hawaiian’s executive chef James Harris claimed the trophy “Champion Chef of Orange County” last Sunday, Aug. 21, in the Sunday Night Chef Fights at a showroom in Huntington Beach.   The local culinary match similar to cooking competition shows on television pitted the Laguna Beach’s restaurant’s chef against Nicola Bellazzi of Enne Cucina in […]