Tommy Bahama closes suddenly after 10 years in downtown Laguna

Pleased Hour at Tommy Bahama Restaurant was growing Tuesday, Nov. 5, just hours prior to the restaurant as well as retail room was set to be shuttered after nearly a decade in the historical Heisler structure, at Coast Highway and Laguna Method throughout from Resort Laguna.

Though Laguna Beach does not urge store, the 5,500-square-foot ground-level restaurant and also retail operation opened up in 2010, made to fit the city’s historic and easygoing design. It was decorated with historic pictures as well as 1930s bikinis worn by Laguna Beach lifeguards, with a recreation of a 1930s surfboard hanging over the stairs connecting the dining establishment to the store.

  • Laguna Beach homeowners Johnnie Walker, left, as well as Mark Hefferan have a beverage at Tommy Bahama Restaurant, Bar & & Shop in Laguna Coastline on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 on its last day of service. For greater than a decade it has actually been a favorite event place for citizens. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange Area Register/SCNG).

  • Pedestrians wait at the light at Laguna Avenue as well as S. Coastline Highway nearby from Tommy Bahama Dining Establishment, Bar & & Store in Laguna Coastline on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. After even more than a decade Tommy Bahama closed its doors at the Laguna Coastline location. (Picture by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG).

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  • Don Swanson dances with his canine Lola has he signs up with others at Tommy Bahama Restaurant, Bar & & Shop in Laguna Coastline on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 for its last day of business. (Image by Leonard Ortiz, Orange Area Register/SCNG).

  • The shuttered Laguna Resort on S. Shore Highway in Laguna Coastline on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. (Picture by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG).

  • The Laguna South Coast Cinemas on S. Coastline Highway in Laguna Coastline on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 is up for sale. It enclosed 2015. (Picture by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG).

  • Laguna Beach citizens as well as others gather at Tommy Bahama Restaurant, Bar & & Shop in Laguna Beach on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 for its last day of organisation after a decade at its Laguna Beach area. The shuttered Laguna Resort, right, is nearby. (Image by Leonard Ortiz, Orange Area Register/SCNG).

  • Tommy Bahama Restaurant, Bar & & Store in Laguna Beach on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 will certainly shut its doors after a decade at it’s Laguna Beach location. Skyloft, center, will remain open. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG).

  • Bob Powell, left, of Aliso Viejo signs up with close friends Johnnie Walker, center, and also Mark Hefferan, right, both of Laguna Beach, for a beverage at Tommy Bahama Dining Establishment, Bar & & Shop in Laguna Beach on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 for its last day of service. Tommy Bahama is shutting its Laguna Beach place after more than a decade. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange Region Register/SCNG).

  • Laguna Coastline locals and also others collect at Tommy Bahama Restaurant, Bar & & Shop in Laguna Coastline on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 for its last day of organisation after offering neighborhood homeowners as well as site visitors for more than a years at the Laguna Beach area. (Image by Leonard Ortiz, Orange Area Register/SCNG).

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” Individuals have actually been being available in asking to purchase the images and also the surf board,” said the store’s basic supervisor, Derek Beck, that relocated to the Laguna place a couple of months back from a Tommy Bahama in Palm Desert. “People are stopping by and also claiming their bye-byes. It’s a depressing point. I had a local girl ask me why we were shutting, on Sunday, when the restaurant was so hectic. We were active since word spread we were shutting.”

The word ended up being official, Tuesday, with confirmation from Tommy Bahama business head offices in Seattle.

” In order to fulfill the overall goals of our organisation method, we are continually reviewing all Tommy Bahama retail and dining establishment places to ensure they are meeting the demands of our guests as well as performing as prepared,” the company said in a declaration. “Consequently, there are times when we require to make modifications to our organisation. Since November 6, the Laguna Coastline area will be shut. We have enjoyed becoming part of the community as well as remain fully commited to our visitors in Orange Area.”

Beck said the shop has not paid for several years. An opportunity developed, he said, for the business to obtain out of its lease.

Structure owner and proprietor Sam Goldstein stated the shop had been on a 10-year lease with an option to restore. He, also, said he was a little stunned.

” Individuals actually enjoyed our Delighted Hour,” Beck stated. “This is a boozy community and also the bar is the busiest.”

But the pull of alcohol also attracted people to Skyloft, a prominent cocktail lounge on the second tale of the Heisler structure. Frequently, clients would certainly walk right into bench at Tommy Bahama believing they were at Skyloft, Beck stated, but when they learnt they were in the incorrect area, they left.

” That was competitors for us,” he claimed.

Several in the area condemn the clinically depressed atmosphere brought on by the dark and vacant Hotel Laguna, which has actually been shut for two years. The hotel had been in operation for greater than 100 years, before it was shut as part of a lawsuit.

Strategies by Mo Honarkar, a regional property developer, to remodel it remain in the works but have to pass through city as well as area reviews.

” I make certain the hotel had an effect on us,” Beck stated.

Wyland, the world-renowned aquatic animal muralist, was amongst those who quit in at Tommy Bahama on Tuesday to bid goodbye. His gallery is across the road from the restaurant.

” I was stunned when it opened,” he stated. “Laguna does not such as franchises to find in. I enjoyed the brand and also I liked the food.”

Wyland agreed that the area has really felt the blight of the uninhabited hotel and various other shut midtown shops, including the South Coast Cinema cinema that currently has a “Up for sale” join its marquee.

” The city simply needs to get on board as well as support the man (Honarkar) who intends to restore Hotel Laguna,” Wyland stated. “For residents this ought to be a wake-up phone call. Ensure you go and also sustain these companies. The city needs to be unbiased. There should not be so several restrictions.”

Councilman Peter Blake, that operates a downtown art gallery, has actually been pushing for adjustment.

” We have actually come to be a downtown for the low-end day-tripper,” he stated. “We’ve obtained Tees and ice lotion stores. The days of Laguna Coastline being a place to go down acid is over … We’ve lost the premium tourist.

” Tommy Bahama was so not interested in Laguna that they shut before the Christmas season,” he said.

Councilwoman Toni Iseman additionally shared discouragement at Tommy Bahama’s abrupt separation.

” The city was delighted when they came in,” she said. “They did a beautiful job. Did Hotel Laguna have such an effect? It’s depressing to look at the grand old woman. We’re all rooting for Mo to start on Resort Laguna and also do what he needs to do.”

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