Thai Noodle, We Hardly Knew Ya

After only a month, a new Thai restaurant succumbs to the curse of a jinxed San Juan Capistrano restaurant space.

The restaurant space near Tannins at Ortega Highway and Rancho Viejo Road really is jinxed.

In the past five years, it’s been a fish restaurant, a Thai restaurant, a German restaurant, and most recently another Thai restaurant.

But after only a month in business, the has closed down.

“I'm sorry to say we ran into big problems with the lease. It's complicated, but to make a long story short, we are closed,” said Rich Montez, the San Clemente man who opened the eatery for his wife, who used to own a sukiyaki restaurant in Bangkok.

“I will be seeking other locations, so we'll see what happens,” Montez said.

Eric Bergstrom June 22, 2012 at 02:16 PM
I hate to say I told you so, but...wait, no I don't...TOLD YA SO! Yes. that location is a problem, but that's not the only stumbling block. I always cringe when I hear of a new restaurateur talking about how it's always been their dream to open whatever "soup of the day" restaurant it is that they're opening. It usually indicates that they didn't do their homework and take the necessary step to better ensure success. This is one of the most, if not THE most, risky business categories to get into and right now even seasoned veterans are working their tails off to keep the doors open. Don't follow your dream, follow your well thought out plans! AND DON'T OPEN IN A POOR LOCATION! Four prime examples are the old 1. Sarducci's location which became an IHOP, then Simply fondue and now soon to be a High End Steak restaurant (good luck). Bogdanski moved for a reason. 2. Then there is the Pacific Room/Wicked Garden/Caliente/now empty location in Dana Point. 3. Round Table struggled at the Marshall's Plaza for years and sold to the man behind Sports Time Pizza who poured his savings into the place only to shut down in 2 months! 4. I am praying that Thai Juan On can find a way to hang in there because it is one of my favorite dining spots in town...but unless we as a community show some loyalty it will be another sad tale.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) June 22, 2012 at 04:44 PM
I'll tell you this: The food was DELISH.
Carol June 22, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Don't go into a commercial lease under-capitalized: unless you have the financial where-with-all to support your business for 1 1/2 - 2 years on your own or until it is successful, don't sign a commercial lease. If your "dream" fails and you close your doors, you will still owe the monthly rental until the lease runs out. It is almost impossible to get out of a commercial lease even if you are an LLC or Corporation.
Lyda Cooper June 24, 2012 at 12:40 AM
I have lived in San Juan for forty years and have lost count of the many restaurants that have come and gone. I was not even aware of this one. Some of the centers have the curse of death such as this one in the article, Marbella Plaza, and so many others within the city. The restaurants are either in remote areas, hidden away, or have no easy access parking. Also there is limited advertising for them. I prefer staying local but sometimes it isn't an option. I am sorry we have lost some very fine dining areas.
R Thompson June 29, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Hello, I hope that the owner of Thai Noodle will read this. I had dinner once at Thai Noodle restaurant and it was very good, good service too. We desperately need Thai food restaurant in Laguna Niguel. There are a lot of good vacant commercial store front in Laguna Niguel. I'm sure Thai Noodle would be a hit. Please look into it.
Val Montefu August 10, 2012 at 04:37 PM
The German restaurant, Barth's, appeared to be doing really well. Every time I went in there, it was packed! The food was amazing, and the staff very friendly and helpful. Also, it was unique - not just another Mexican or Thai, which are good but already present in San Juan. The sign on their door when they closed said they were going back to Germany for family reasons and hoped to be back someday. I hope they are - it was my favorite restaurant!


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