As it embarks on its 10-year anniversary, The District in Tustin is losing two restaurants that have been with the shopping center since it opened.
Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill closed Sunday, July 23. Chief Operating Officer David Goldstein said the chain opted not to renew its lease after 10 years at the shopping center.
“Based on future plans to grow in Orange County, it was in the company’s best interests to close this restaurant and identify other locations that meet all criteria, including optimal on-site parking for guests,” Goldstein told the Register in a statement.
Tustin employees have been invited to apply for positions at other Sharky’s locations. The Westlake Village-based chain, known for serving made to order Mexican food using locally sourced and organic ingredients, operates 28 restaurants in California, Nevada and Oregon.
The company has local locations in Aliso Viejo, Newport Coast and Irvine. A company representative said all three have renewed their leases and will be upgrading interiors and exteriors.
As part of a plan to expand, Sharky’s recently opened locations in Goleta (near Santa Barbara) and Marina del Rey. The newer restaurants have adopted the company’s new design features.
Also closing at The District is Bluewater…