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Cottage Restaurant to Close After 48 Years in Business

The historic restaurant's final day will be December 26.

One of Laguna Beach's best-loved restaurants will be closing its doors the day after Christmas.

The Cottage Restaurant, which has been in business for 48 years, is being forced to close permanently due to an unexpected land sale by the property owner, according to a statement released by the restaurant and linked to on its website.

Owner Jennifer McCulley said she was surprised by the sale.

"I had no idea the building and land were being offered for sale. I was notified after the deal was nearly completed. This has been a difficult time and I'm not sure what the future brings, but I have to believe that all will work out for the best."

McCulley plans a thank-you closing party for her fans and customers on the restaurant's patio the night of Dec. 6, Art Walk Night. She says she wants the night to be a celebration, so the patio will be decked out in holiday decor, and artist Jess Black will be selling hand-painted ornaments in unique sizes and special colors, that also incorporate sand from local beaches. Joseph Quillan Jewelry and psychic Rebecca Fisk will also be on hand.

McCulley will also serve free chili, cornbread and hot cider all evening.

Will you miss the Cottage Restaurant? Tell us in the Comments section below ...

John kelterer November 29, 2012 at 12:46 AM
I will miss the cottage terribly. It has been our place fore breakfast for years and the food is always consisitent and the staff is friendly and accomodating. Terrible loss for Laguna beach.
steveg November 29, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Obviously it was doing something right for 48 years, but in the maybe half dozen times we ate there over the last 25 years, the food was consistently mediocre and the service consistently atrocious. Still, it seems completely unfair that such a landmark business was not given notice of a pending sale or an opportunity to arrange to make the purchase. Feels like there is much more to the story behind the scenes And wonder what the new owners will do with the property - tear it down? Open a new restaurant?
Annie Hopkins November 29, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Wow, I and my family will miss it terribly. I've been going here all my life. It is our go to place for breakfasst and have had many dinners there as well. First Jolly Roger, Royal Hawaiian, and now this. For my family, there aren;t many other places that are 'affordable' and good anymore. Come on Laguna.....
M Gapp November 29, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Bummer, I have lived here all my life and the cottage has always been a consistent landmark for the ever changing town. Hate to see them go.
Janelle November 29, 2012 at 04:59 PM
My wedding was in Laguna and we had our rehearsal dinner at The Cottage-it's always been special to me. Sorry to see it go!
Dave T. November 29, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Sorry to hear...We've had many memorable times at the Cottage. We'll miss the unique setting, great food, and of course the people:( dt Westcliff Nurses...
Patty Jeanne November 29, 2012 at 06:37 PM
YES!! I will miss The Cottage!! Greedy landlords have destroyed downtown Laguna Beach!!
Eric Bergstrom November 29, 2012 at 06:45 PM
So sad. One of the Great landmarks of Laguna.
Rich Kane November 29, 2012 at 07:22 PM
I doubt it would be torn down, preservationists would throw a fit. I'm pretty certain the house is preserved as a historic landmark ...
Paula Revere November 29, 2012 at 07:54 PM
So sad.
Nathan Owen Rosenberg November 29, 2012 at 08:39 PM
I will miss blueberry buckwheat pancakes and crispy bacon!
Albert Weisser November 29, 2012 at 09:01 PM
This was mine and my friend Laura's in LB. So Saddening
mocker December 01, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Wow it has me by a year and I've never heard of it. Guess i don't eat much breakfast or lunch..as long as I can get seafood I'll be OK in Laguna. I do hate to see non chain businesses bite the dust. I'm also curious what the new plan is for the location and land use.
Rich Kane December 01, 2012 at 06:45 PM
mocker: You still have a few weeks to try it! I think I had a crab omelet last time I was there ...
Norton December 01, 2012 at 10:46 PM
.......the city has a complete list of all residential and commercial properties that have been or are pending as designated for historical status. These were randomly chosen by an elite few that many aren't aware of. No public hearings. Some owners aren't aware until they apply for a permit. - Norton
Norton December 05, 2012 at 04:49 AM
The Cottage......before it was a home sweet home much like the home a couple of doors down, the home of Ed Sims, the master builder of model sailing ships ...as a kid I used to pass by and visit these artists as they worked on their craft....these were the true informal art galleries....homes that one could see and feel the essence of the home dweller or artist.- Norton
Ross melin January 10, 2013 at 10:10 PM
Click your heels three times and before you turn around it will open as "Happy Cottage Chinese". What, you think we can sell America to the Chinese and see no changes???
Norton January 11, 2013 at 04:03 AM
Go to China as I have and you'll meet locals who long ago did click their heels three times and low and behold Americans came in and bought precious real estate for a McDonalds or a KFC, in addition to Hooters and now Starbucks. What goes around comes around ! Hmmmm. I wonder what Chinese family or local business was forced out of town in the name of progress. Old news !
John June 08, 2013 at 09:48 PM
My son Quentin worked at the Cottage over the summer. He loved working there and the food was great.

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