Restaurateur Mark Soyka opened the News Cafe at Ocean Drive and Eighth Street in 1989 after he moved down from New York with his friend, real estate developer, Tony Goldman. Together, the two men helped South Beach experience a renaissance. The café was known as the place to see and be seen. And it was, infamously, the last place Gianni Versace visited before he was murdered by Andrew Cunanan in July 1997,
Laguna Beach residents and visitors may soon be able to return to one of the city’s iconic coastal landmarks, as city officials reaffirmed their intent to have the lobby and restaurant at the Hotel Laguna reopen in short order.
Marc Wiener, the city’s community development director, indicated during a report to the Laguna Beach City Council that he hoped that the restaurant could reopen to the public by the end of August.
“Hotel Laguna is a jewel of Laguna Beach, and we are incredibly excited to be reopening its doors to the community as an updated and refreshed new gathering
Hotel Laguna’s restaurant and lobby could open to the public by Aug. 31, a senior city staffer said Tuesday during a wide-ranging discussion with the City Council.
In the wake of public scrutiny of a June 29 closed session meeting about the historic hotel, the City Council voted 3-2 (Councilmembers Toni Iseman and George Weiss opposed) to concur with city staffers’ approvals to reopen the hotel lobby and restaurant.
“We’re looking forward to finally welcoming the community back to Hotel Laguna,” Laguna Beach Co.
It’s not game over for The Naples Beach Hotel’s tennis center.
It will see more play time.
The center closed Sunday, when the Watkins family ceased all of the resort’s operations, ahead of this week’s sale.
However, the purchaser, The Athens Group, has agreed to temporarily reopen the public venue on June 1.
The developer will leave the center open for another year, after working out a compromise with members, who have lobbied to save it.
Members argued it’s worthy of saving for its charm — as well as for history’s sake.
Led by a former USTA champion, the tennis