Blinking Owl Distillery: Blinking Owl Distillery is all about producing earthy California spirits made mostly with local ingredients. The tasting room, which opened last week, is serving vodkas and aquavit. It beat out Cismontane in Santa Ana, whose distillery production has been stalled due to lack of funding. K. GENNARO PHOTOGRAPHY
Here’s a roundup of restaurant and retail news from across Orange County. Take a look at the slideshow for more details on each.
Blinking Owl Distillery: What do you get when a physical therapist, an advertising executive and an actress put their heads together to open their own business? For husband-and-wife team Brian and Robin Christenson and their friend Kirsten Vangsness of the CBS drama “Criminal Minds,” the end result of a three-year collaboration is Orange County’s first distillery and tasting room.
The tasting room is open Wednesday through Sunday. Visitors, by law, are limited to 11/2 ounces of liquor. Tastings, which include three 1/4-ounce samples of each spirit, cost $10. Each 750 ml bottle is $40. Tours are $25 and include tastings. Address: 802 E. Washington Ave., Santa Ana.
Ice cream and doughnuts: Orange County’s first co-branded Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins with a drive-through lane is opening Tuesday in Foothill Ranch. The store, at 26722 Portola Parkway, opens at 5 a.m. Irvine-based Precision Hospitality & Development is the local franchisee. The company opened the first Dunkin’ Donuts in Laguna Hills and owns the location in Irvine. The group plans to develop several Dunkin’ Donuts throughout south Orange County and in north Los Angeles.
University Center: Adya, which got its start at the Anaheim Packing House, opened a second location last week in Irvine. The fast-casual Indian restaurant is owned by Shachi Mehra, the former executive chef at the now-closed Tamarind of London in Newport Beach. Adya’s menu features tandoori specialties and curry dishes.
Creamistry: The Yorba Linda-based liquid nitrogen shop has 11 shops scheduled to open in the next few months, including one in Huntington Beach.
The Butchery: The indie butcher shop, with locations in Costa Mesa and Brea, plans to open a third store at Crystal Cove Shopping Center in Newport Beach.
Address: 8058 E. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.
Moulin: The European-influenced cafe from Newport Beach opened a second location last week in Laguna Beach. The 30-seat cafe is taking over the former Scandia Bakery location downtown at 248 Forest Ave.
Outlets at San Clemente: The mall will host a “Shopping Extravaganza” charity event Saturday. The event will benefit 25 local nonprofits. Last year it raised $37,465.
Pet Supply: The chain has opened a store in the Woodbury Town Center in Irvine, the chain’s second store in Irvine and seventh in the region.
Goodwill of Orange County: The organization has opened a new store in the Marina Village Shopping Center in Huntington Beach.
Spirit Halloween: The costume shop has opened at the Westminster Mall. It will remain open until Nov. 1.
The seasonal retailer is located near Sears.