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By Andrea Swayne
The ever-changing Dana Point business community regularly sees the arrival of new additions, as well as changes to long-established companies. Here are but a few of the new developments among the city’s business landscape at the close of 2015, into the first quarter of 2016. Stay tuned for more business news in upcoming editions of the DP Times.
Two Left Forks
34212 Pacific Coast Highway
Two Left Forks, a new restaurant offering “upscale uniqueness with a friendly, value-driven vibe,” opened in March at the former Tavern on the Coast site on Pacific Coast Highway.
Owned by the Laguna Beach-based Andersen family, also owners of Hotel Laguna, the name refers to the experience of sitting down for dinner and finding two forks at your place setting, a signal to the diner that the cuisine they are about to be presented with will be a level above a one-fork meal.
Mike Koch, general manager, said Executive Chef Rob Hines is delivering a menu featuring a creative mix of progressive California contemporary cuisine in the newly updated and comfortable bistro setting.
“We are very happy to be in Dana Point,” Koch said. “So far the feedback and compliments from locals have been excellent and the happy hour has been well-attended. Chef Hines’ culinary talent is amazing, putting his own unique twist on the cuisine.”
Popular entrees include pistachio-crusted Colorado rack of lamb, seafood paella and organic options such as Shetland Isles salmon, Creek Stone New York strip and locally caught halibut. Entrée salads, soups and vegetarian choices are also offered. The menu also features “Bites,” such as the hazelnut-crusted goat cheese croquettes and bone-in short rib as well as “Shares,” like the short rib poutine and jumbo lump crab stack.
Restaurant hours are 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. nightly. A daily happy hour menu is available from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. featuring specially priced fine wines by the glass.
32525 Golden Lantern, Suite E
In operation for just a little over two months, Luna Grill brings a new choice for fresh Mediterranean cuisine to the city.
With more than 20 locations across San Diego and Orange counties, as well as the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the company prides itself on its restaurants’ REAL (Responsible, Epicurean, Agricultural, Leadership) certification. According to Luna Grill management, REAL is an organization that works with the U.S. Healthful Food Council to promote healthy eating via better sourcing of ingredients, including non-GMO oils, rice, salmon, lamb and more. Along with all-natural proteins, vegetarian and vegan options are also offered.
Alma Martinez, restaurant manager, said items on the restaurant’s special springtime menu, such as the spring arugula salad and the market wrap, are currently some of the most popular items. Other popular choices include kabob and signature plates featuring chipotle chicken, gyros and falafel. Try the gyros quesadilla or the grass-fed burger for a slight departure from classic Mediterranean fare.
“Dana Point has been very receptive to us, so far,” Martinez said. “And the warm welcome we received from the Chamber of Commerce and city officials at our ribbon cutting was exciting. We are happy to be a part of this community.”
Martinez also mentioned the restaurant’s online, no card necessary, Luna Rewards Program in which diners earn one point for every $1 spent and after reaching 135 points, customers receive a $10 credit for their next visit.
Luna Grill is open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Riviera Laser Studios
34189 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 201
Husband and wife team Dr. Mark Kofford, MD Ph.D. and Dr. Jeannine Kofford, MD, Riviera Laser Studios owners, bought a new building just before the start of the new year, and after more than 15 years in their former location, made the short move from Del Prado Avenue to Pacific Coast Highway in the Dana Point Lantern District.
The new location, Dr. Mark Kofford said, has resulted in a more comfortable and beautiful setting enjoyed by both patients and staff of their award-winning minimally invasive laser and surgical facial aesthetics practice. Riviera’s procedures include injectable fillers, skin tightening, facial re-contouring, lip augmentation, eyelid rejuvenation and mole and spot removal for men and women.
“We are very happy with our new location,” Kofford said. “We went with a tasteful, simple elegance in our new space in a beautiful yet modern industrial style that’s not overwhelming. The space has a clean, friendly and fresh presence. With better use of space and more natural light in the treatment rooms, the location has made a positive difference both in our work and in the comfort of our patients.”
Kofford added that patients so far have also been appreciating the variety of décor from room to room, offering a little something different each time they visit.
Riviera Laser occupies about half of the building, Kofford said, and has recently welcomed the addition of other tenant businesses focused on health and well-being—Lucich Chiropractic and cosmetic and reconstructive tattoo artist Beautifulook—as well as two financial service companies—Mortgage Depot and Zuk Financial Group.
“We are easy to find and our ample parking and our discreet back entrance here are also appreciated by our patients,” Kofford said. “If we haven’t yet met, I invite you to stop in for a visit. We always offer free consultations, including a 3D facial analysis with a complimentary 15- to 20-minute tutorial on the anatomy of facial aging. Just call for an appointment. We look forward to meeting you.”
34189 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 201-B
After 19 years in his previous La Plaza location, Dr. Burton Lucich, DC, made the short move down the street to the building recently bought by Riviera Laser Studios owners.
Lucich said he and his patients are pleased both with the newness of the facility as well as the comfortable atmosphere.
“I truly care about helping patients get well,” Lucich said. “I do everything in my power to coach, guide, mentor and empathize with them so they can get through whatever discomfort they’re going through or reach wellness goals. I meet my patients on the level that they’re looking for. Some people are looking to be out of pain, and that’s it, and others are looking to improve their entire lifestyle.”
Lucich’s practice includes pulsed magnetic field MAS Mat therapy, far infrared BioMat therapy, chiropractic care and lifestyle, wellness and sports performance consultation. Occupying a smaller space than his former location, the only service he did not bring to his new location is massage therapy; however, he now offers some new services: taking on corporate accounts and making house calls.
“Make an appointment, consultations are free,” Lucich said. “I am also happy to also offer new patients a complimentary first session on either the BioMat or the MAS Mat.”