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Video: The Cottage Restaurant's Last Meal Was Served Wednesday

The 48-year-old Laguna Beach landmark is expected to be replaced by the Los Angeles-based Urth Caffé.

The landmark Cottage Restaurant across from the Laguna Art Museum on Coast Highway served its last meal Wednesday afternoon.

As Patch reported earlier this month, restaurant owner Jennifer McCulley was forced to shut her business because the separate owner of the Cottage property and its 1917-constructed building opted to lease it to another tenant, Urth Caffé, a Los Angeles-based micro-chain which specializes in organic coffees, teas, and healthy grub.

It isn't yet known when Urth Caffé will open.

Wednesday was a hectic one for McCulley and her staff.

"It's been very emotional," she told Patch. "It's been happy, sad ... it's just run the gamut."

McCulley isn't sure what she'll do next.

Meanwhile, a final Cottage yard sale, including equipment and assorted other items, is set to happen on Friday, Dec. 28, starting at 9 a.m. at the restaurant. The public is welcome.

*Watch the short video of the Cottage's last day above, and leave your thoughts on the Cottage's passing below in the comments section ...

Monica Jackson December 27, 2012 at 04:05 PM
For far too long those that own the properties have been greedy and selfish. I see yearly struggling to pay rent let alone make profit. This deal was shady and our City Council allow crap like this to keep going on...they care about City money more than the folks that bring it in through their hard work and sacrifice. Laguna Beach has lost so much of its charm and originality due to greed and underhanded business deals and the allowance of this by our City government that is supposed to protect and serve not Rule without Question...Been here a long time and this is the focal problem. MJackson
M.C. December 27, 2012 at 04:42 PM
I grew up in Laguna and over the (many) years have witnessed many closures of laguna / locally owned businesses due to the greed of the landowners. The charm of Laguna is slowly being replaced by the "McChains" of 'trendy' businesses that do not have roots in Laguna nor loyalty to it's growth or population. Sad, just another tourist destination thesedays...
Don Schultz December 27, 2012 at 09:05 PM
My wife has a retail business in South Laguna. The retail environment in Laguna is VERY tough, we have been open 6 years and 75% of the businesses on both sides of PCH on our block have changed during that time. We would NEVER be able to keep the retail store open if we did not own the building. In this case, the building that houses The Cottage is in a PRIME location and while I never like to see businesses close, there is little doubt that a successful business will open on the site. There is NO vacationer traffic beyond 3 blocks, either side of Main Beach. TO be successful beyond downtown, retail businesses in Laguna need to be smart, progressive, use social media and work their butts off. Maro Wood Grill and Wine Gallery are 2 hugely successful businesses on our block that have great execution.
Charlie Salazar December 27, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Urth Caffé!?!?
Marc Rawls December 28, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Laguna Beach triathalon in the 80's was: work at Cottage in the morning, hit West Beach in the afternoon,then work the dinner crowd at Villa James (now Rumari). While it's sad to see the Cottage go, it's super cool that the Urth Cafe is moving in! Sometimes change is good....
Rich Kane December 28, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Thanks for the comments, everybody!

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