Orange County closed out 2017 with yet another round of closures impacting older brands such as Pick Up Stix and Mimi’s Cafe.
Here’s the rundown:
Pick Up Stix
Laguna Hills-based Pick Up Stix, one of the first fast-casual Asian concepts in Southern California, continues to downsize.
The company has closed at least four locations, according to its website. Locations in Irvine, Mission Viejo, Carlsbad (La Costa) and Temecula are listed as permanently closed. Attempts to reach the company this week have been unsuccessful.
Pick Up Stix, founded in 1989 in Rancho Santa Margarita, has about 65 locations stretching from Ventura to San Diego. In 2006, Pick Up Stix operated 124 locations.
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
One coffee shop replaces another at The Market Place. Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf recently closed on the Irvine side of the shopping center. The Irvine Co. is replacing the national chain with a local brand: BLKdot Coffee.
The cafe, which first opened at the Google Center in Irvine in 2015, sells niche products including VTM coffee (a slow drip Vietnamese-style coffee), sea salt coffee and Thai tea latte.
The cafes also serve food including a chicken banh mi sandwiches, croissants, bagels, muffins and scones. The cafe is expected to open in spring 2018. BLK is in expansion mode, opening a location in November in Laguna Beach.
Another BLK is slated to open late 2018 at the Irvine Spectrum Center.
After operating for more than a year, Mighty Kitchen has closed in Los Alamitos.
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