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A New Yoga Studio Coming, Mario's Closes, and Regency Theatres Adds Stadium Seating

Laguna Niguel Biz Briefs has the latest coming and goings in the city.

In this week's Laguna Niguel Biz Briefs there is news of a new yoga studio coming to town, while construction at a veterinary clinic is moving along. However, a long time favorite place to dine shuts down and the gets approval from city to forge ahead with renovations.

Regency Gets New Look

The City Planning Commission recently approved the plans to renovate five of its eight theatres with stadium-style seating. The plans were approved to create dining and lounge areas in the lobby to complement the theater operations. Construction began last week on the demolition of the old auditoriums, according to Dan Fox, community development director. 

"They will be offering food and beverage services, including beer and wine, similar to the San Juan Capistrano theater," Fox said. "We understand that they anticipate completing the renovations in August." 

New Yoga Studio

In other City Planning Commission related news Fox said it approved a request to establish and operate a yoga studio for up to a maximum of 12 students and two employees and an art gallery, within a vacant 2,315-square-foot tenant space (formerly Verandah) within the  

The changes will include the Precise Mix-Of-Uses for the center from a wholesale furniture showroom use, which requires four parking spaces, to a group fitness use, which requires 14 spaces. This will decrease the center’s surplus parking by 10 spaces (488 parking spaces required and 503 spaces provided, 15 space surplus). The project is located at 23811 Aliso Creek Road, Suite 100.

Marios-by-the Sea Gone

Mario's by The Sea Italiano Ristorante, a long time favorite located in the Ocean Ranch Village center on the Dana Point side of Golden Lantern and Camino Del Avion closed its doors a few weeks ago after more than two decades.

Shea Properties that manages the center confirmed that Mario's located at 32545 Golden Lantern St., since 1989 has closed. However, Shea was mum on why the popular neighborhood haunt disappeared unexpectedly.

"We don't comment about our specific arrangements with merchants. The Ocean Ranch center has always been and always will be attractive to retailers because of its desirable location and strong demographics. Unfortunately, from time to time, businesses do close. The retail business can be tough, especially in challenging economic times like these," a spokeperson for Shea said.

Mario's by The Sea specialized in Southern Italian cuisine such as seafood pescatori, linguine with clams, and mostacolli a la vodka with chicken. 

New Pet Place

Construction at the Alicia Pacific Veterinary Center is moving along and is expected to open soon. The new pet center is located in the center at the intersection of Alicia Parkway and Pacific Park.


Debbie L. Sklar May 03, 2012 at 07:46 PM
@Donna: I don't think that will happen, it's been cleared out.
Debbie L. Sklar May 03, 2012 at 07:47 PM
@NeilC: Strange how they just left, no sign to loyal customers?
Debbie L. Sklar May 03, 2012 at 07:47 PM
@Angela: Seems like it will sorely by missed by the community.
Diana December 06, 2012 at 05:16 PM
So very sad still that we lost the FINEST Italian Restaurant in all of Orange County when Mario's By The Sea closed! DMS
Debbie L. Sklar December 06, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Diana: I never ate there in the 20 years I have lived here, but I heard it was awesome. Shame, and the space is still empty.

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