The latest round of Orange County restaurant closures includes Luigi’s D’Italia, a 36-year-old Anaheim restaurant whose troubled kitchen was featured on Gordon Ramsay’s “Kitchen Nightmares” a few years ago.
The Italian restaurant is relocating but has not found a new space.
Also closing is a once popular gastropub in Corona del Mar.
Here’s the rundown:
- Menchie’s in Rancho Santa Margarita closed Aug. 25, according to a Facebook posting. The message did not give a reason for the closure. The Encino-based frozen yogurt concept was founded in the San Fernando Valley in 2007. The self-serve froyo concept has grown through franchising to more than 500 locations worldwide. Locally, it has locations in Newport Coast, Fullerton, Laguna Niguel and San Clemente. Another froyo shop is expected to open in October in Mission Viejo, at 25280 Marguerite Pkwy.
- The Dub, a gastropub formerly known as Crow Bar and Kitchen, recently closed its Corona del Mar location. The shutdown comes a year after the original owner of Crow Bar sold the hipster bar to the operators of The Auld Dubliner in Tustin. When it opened in 2007, Crow Bar and Kitchen was a local pioneer with its gourmet pub grub menu. After the new owners took over, they made major changes to the local hangout including rebranding it to “The Dub.” Address: 2325 E. Coast Hwy.
- Luigi’s D’ Italia announced plans to close later this month. Co-founder Luigi Catizone said the property, which used to belong to the family, has been sold. He said a family dispute led to the property changing ownership. Catizone said he is scouting for a new space to relocate, preferably in Orange, Anaheim, Yorba Linda or Placentia. Luigi’s has been a family-run restaurant in Anaheim since 1981. Favorite dishes include linguini pescatore, osso buco and cioppino. Catizone said former Laker star Kobe Bryant was a frequent customer. The family’s first…