We've got movement on Anaheim Duck, Coto de Caza resident and future hall-of-fame hockey player Teemu Selanne's new Laguna Beach restaurant, which will fill in the old French 75 space at 1464 S. Coast Highway ...
For one thing, the previously announced April 1 opening date has come and gone. But there's a new date: July 1, according to the Orange County Register.
For another thing, it has a new name ... goodbye, Teemu Tavern & Grill, hello, Selanne's. We like it -- short and simple.
Other than that, there's not much, other than what co-investors Selanne, Kevin Pratt and Jim Shumate have posted on their already-established Yelp page for the place. It's there where you can preview the cuisine to come. Or you can just read it right here:
Selanne's is an upscale neighborhood tavern featuring chef-driven comfort food, small plates and tavern appetizers as well as offering a traditional upscale steak house menu. Order the best burger in town, choose from numerous craft beers, enjoy a specialty cocktail, or choose a great wine from our extensive list. Our steaks are the best in Laguna Beach, and we feature our prime New York and Tomahawk Ribeye, as well as other classic steak favorites. Enjoy your dining experience in a charming, historical Laguna Beach home built in 1934, which includes several distinctive venues - our comfortable downstairs tavern, our outdoor patio right on Pacific Coast Highway, our Wine Room, or the upstairs steakhouse - known as "Bob's Room" - the original room that current building owner Bob French called his bedroom as a boy growing up in Laguna Beach in the 1930's.
Well, they're certainly setting a high bar, with that "best burger in town" and "our steaks are the best in Laguna Beach" talk.
But we have questions that only someone who's spent a lifetime ingesting sports cliches and metaphors can ponder, such as:
Will roasted duck be on the menu, and if so, wouldn't that kinda be like cannibalism?
Will the chicken wings be dubbed Detroit Red?
Will they serve grilled San Jose Shark?
At least the burgers better not taste like hockey pucks ...