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 ...

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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