South of Nicks Opens in Laguna Beach

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By Diane Armitage

It’s said that nature abhors a vacuum, which definitely proves the case this week. Taverna closed just hours before the South of Nick’s official opening last night (Monday, July 2nd). This concept is one we locals have been looking forward to seeing for a long, long time.

Nick’s and South of Nick’s Owner Nick Nickoloff (that’s a lot of Nicks in one sentence) has been trying to get his popular San Clemente “Mexican Kitchen + Bar” concept into Laguna Beach for years. When The House of Big Fish & Ice Cold Beer closed its doors in late 2015, we all wondered who would be willing to take over that enormous space.

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