The McCormick & Schmick’s restaurant at Santa Ana’s CityPlace has been closed down, according to the O.C. Register, after the company was purchased by the Landry’s company – which owns a bunch of restaurants including what is left of Claimjumpers.
When the CityPlace opened up I was very critical of their tenant mix. It seemed too high-end for Santa Ana. Granted the CityPlace, which is across from the MainPlace Mall, is near Santa Ana’s most affluent neighborhoods – Floral Park and Park Santiago, but the CityPlace is ringed by senior homes and high density apartments (in Orange).
The Geisha House restaurant also changed hands a few months ago, after it was acquired by a Korean owner. They no longer update their Facebook page.
The one shining success at the CityPlace has been the Mother’s Market – which I really thought was an awful fit for the area. I have since seen it find a loyal customer base and I love going there now that I am a vegetarian.
The little businesses that sit below the lofts that ring the CityPlace have had a hard time and many have closed or changed hands. But the tailor there is terrific. He is inexpensive, does a good job and is quick.
Parking remains a problem. The center simply doesn’t have enough parking spaces. My wife and I avoid the issue by usually walking there from our house in the Park Santiago neighborhood.
We often ate at McCormicks & Schmick’s and I will miss them. They had great food but their happy hour did not include drink specials and the happy hour food was so-so.
Perhaps now we can get a Buffalo Wild Wings in Santa Ana!