Looks like there’s some shake-up happening in the heart of Santa Ana, as longtime Filipino pop-up Irenia Supper Club is going brick and mortar — while another, The North Left, shutters for good.
First, the good news. Ryan Garlitos of Irenia Supper Club, one of Orange County’s hottest current dinner reservations, says that he’ll be moving his long-gestating Filipino dinner series into a full-fledged kitchen space. It seems that even Orange County is ready for the inevitable Filipino cooking invasion, particularly of Garlitos’ variety, which fuses California produce and modern techniques with the cuisine of the Philippines.
But to get there, the address at 400 N. Broadway in Santa Ana must first be vacated. The current tenant there — well, as of a week ago — was The North Left, a sort of casual modern small plates spot that had been around for a year or so. Before that, the place was called The Crosby, which you may recall was shuttered following a tragic and violent death on the sidewalk out front in 2014.
With North Left done last week, Irenia is free to start moving in and situating the space to their liking as soon as possible. Of course it’ll still take a few months before those dreams come to life, so expect a mid-spring (say late March or early April) opening for Irenia, sans the Supper Club moniker.