Eat your heart out, Old Towne

Orange is catching up to other cities like Anaheim and Fullerton with the coming additions of trendy new eateries.

In 2016, a number of new businesses will be opening in the Orange Plaza to provide a wider range of eateries to people in the Orange community.

Old Towne Orange will see the opening of The Pie Hole and Burger Parlor, the reopening of Watson’s Soda Fountain & Cafe and relocation of The Aussie Bean, which opened on Feb. 6.


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The Pie Hole, a family-run gourmet Los Angeles-based pie and coffee shop, is replacing The Old Towne Grinder & Ice Cream Parlor at the corner of Maple Avenue and North Glassell Street by the end of March.

Lindsay Heffner, owner and director of sales and marketing for The Pie Hole, said the company paired up on the project with Rick and Madeleine Anaya, who had always dreamed of having a coffee shop.

“We selected Orange as our first location because we found this community to be attractive and the people to be warm and friendly. We love the people, the antique stores, the eateries and the events that are all a part of Orange,” said Rick Anaya.

“I’ve heard of (The Pie Hole), but I haven’t been. I’d like to go,” said senior strategic and corporate communication major Anna Thomas. “I feel like the burger and pizza thing is kind of everywhere, but the pie place is interesting and unique.”

Menu: The Pie Hole serves seasonal sweet and savory pies ranging from mac ‘n cheese to salted caramel. They also serve specialty coffees and lattes.

Pricing: $$ (Yelp) Food items range from $2.50 to $7.25

Rating: stars on Yelp

Opening Date: Plans are set for mid to late March

Location: 177 N. Glassell St.

Thoughts: Outside of the unfortunate name, I am quite certain they will have good pies. I hear they have savory options, which is a plus,” said junior film production major Spencer Flynn.

Heffner is excited for the opening of the Orange shop.

“We are so thrilled to go into our space in Orange because it is a historic building and the gorgeous brick, huge windows, all help contribute to the warmth and beauty we like to create for a community gathering space,” said Heffner.


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After the 149 Sports Grill struggled to maintain business and closed as stated in the Orange County Register, the Burger Parlor is set to open soon in its place.

Menu: The “top-ranked burger bar” serves shakes, malts, craft beer and burgers. They do offer vegan and vegetarian options like the Portland which has marinated beets, fried mozzarella, sprouts, arugula, pickled carrots, oven roasted tomato and a herb sauce.

Pricing: $$ (Yelp) Burgers range from $7 to $12

Rating: stars on Yelp

Opening Date: In a month or two

Location: 149 N. Glassell St.

Thoughts: “It would be nice to have a good burger besides In-N-Out,” said junior digital arts major Ian Wooster.


working_logo-u75The mobile coffee bar, The Aussie Bean, has now made a more permanent home in the Plaza at 112 E. Maple Ave. and officially opened on Feb. 6. However, the campus truck will remain on campus this semester. The store offers more traditional Australian coffee but does not have wireless Internet.

Menu: The Aussie Bean serves artisan coffee from around the world and the company aims to “encapsulate a truly authentic coffee experience,” as stated on its website. All of the drinks are based on Australian style beverages.

Pricing: $ (Yelp) 

Rating: 4.5/5 stars on Yelp

Opening Date: Feb. 6

Location: 112 E. Maple Ave.

Thoughts: “I love their coffee. I just wish their truck was still on campus because it was just so much more convenient, like just because I am on campus,” said Thomas.

The truck will be returning to campus this semester although it was not there for January.

“They actually know what they are doing as opposed to the slacking quality at Starbucks,” said senior strategic and corporate communication major Jake Ravdin. “They use better beans, they don’t burn their stuff and their customer service is much better.”


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After closing its doors for a renovation, Watson’s Soda Fountain & Cafe will reopen next month.

Menu: Watson’s brings the traditional diner back with its burgers, steaks, shakes, malts and will now serve craft beer.

Pricing: $ (Yelp)

Rating: stars on Yelp prior to closing

Opening Date: March 14

Location: 116 E. Chapman Ave.

Thoughts: Watson’s is hiring beginning February 8.  

“Oh excellent,” Thomas said about the craft beers. “For sure I’ll go. Especially if I am in the area.”


Within the next two years:

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It will be a while, but Urth Caffe is set to open in the Orange Plaza within the next two years after the building has been renovated. It will be the largest Urth branch with a number of different rooms to dine in and hang out, wrote Shallom Berkman, the owner of Urth Caffe.

Menu: Urth Caffe is famous for its organic foods and heirloom coffees. This location is said to be set apart from the other locations for its proposed full breakfast menu. “We will debut a special breakfast menu including white corn pancakes, stuffed French toast, and many other classic American breakfast with fresh, organic ingredients and many vegan options,” Berkman wrote.

Pricing: $$ (Yelp)

Rating: stars on Yelp

Opening Date: Within the next two years

Location: 100 W. Chapman Ave.

Thoughts: “Urth is about to start construction on our historic building in the plaza circle in old town City of Orange in a week or two. Because the building is historic (built in 1888), there is a lot of careful structural and restorative work to take place and may take more than a year to complete,” Berkman wrote in an email. “We do not have an opening date.


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After the Chapman Coffee House closed its doors, Subway bought the location.

Menu: Subway will have its classic sandwich menu but with a cafe attached.

Pricing: $ (Yelp)

Rating: stars on Yelp

Opening Date: Unknown

Location: 505 N. Glassell St.

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