Home Iconic bar Mutt Lynch’s, one of Newport’s iconic beach bars, reopens after facelift – Orange County Register

Mutt Lynch’s, one of Newport’s iconic beach bars, reopens after facelift – Orange County Register

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Blackie’s By the Sea, the Beach Ball and Mutt Lynch’s – all decades-old iconic bars on Newport Beach’s West Oceanfront. So when one of these elders gets nabbed and run over, locals and tourists alike will take notice.

The owners have announced that Mutt Lynch – the band’s 45-year-old baby – will reopen at 8 a.m. on Friday February 4 with a new look. It’s been closed for renovations since November and it cost $500,000, but that’s okay because it’s a labor of love for the family business. the new design is by Meghan Murray, daughter of Mutt owners Gail and Dan Lynch.

“I do home staging and interior design and I’ve done the Mutt’s location as well,” she said, referring to Mutt Lynch’s sister restaurant Mutt’s in Eastbluff Village Center. she co-owns with her husband Alex Murray. For this project, she teamed up with Jaime Flores. “He is an entrepreneur and he went to architecture school. And what’s interesting about him is that he started working at Mutt Lynch as a dishwasher about 25 years ago.

  • Megan Fulbright serves food at the new Mutt Lynch’s in Newport Beach, California. Improved seating, lighting, and a few communal tables are also featured. (Photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Registry/SCNG)

  • The redesigned Mutt Lynch’s features garage door-style roll-up front windows as part of its redesign in Newport Beach, California. Improved seating, lighting, and a few communal tables are also featured. (Photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Registry/SCNG)

  • The redesigned Mutt Lynch’s features garage door-style roll-up front windows as part of its redesign in Newport Beach, California. Improved seating, lighting, and a few communal tables are also featured. (Photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Registry/SCNG)

  • Meghan Murray led the redesign of Mutt Lynch’s in Newport Beach, California. She is the daughter of Mutt owners, Gail and Dan Lynch. (Photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Registry/SCNG)

  • The redesigned Mutt Lynch’s features schooner glass lighting as part of its refit in Newport Beach, California. Upgraded seating and a few communal tables are also offered. (Photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Registry/SCNG)

  • Mutt Lynch’s was recently redesigned in Newport Beach, California. Improved seating, lighting, and a few communal tables are also featured. (Photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Registry/SCNG)

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The bar is named after Dan Lynch’s father, Emmett Lynch, who served in the military during World War I and was given the nickname “Mutt”. It originally stood next to the Fun Zone but moved in the 80s to its current location. Located in a century-old building, the 3,000 square foot space with 200 seats needed its plumbing and electrical updated.

Murray said they didn’t knock down a lot of walls, but created more storage and wanted the space to be more open to the Pacific. She added roll-up garage door-style front windows and expanded the ocean-facing bar, which now has about 25 seats.

“We really wanted to take advantage of the waterfront here and have this ocean breeze and because of COVID too, it was like, well, let’s just get some air flowing here,” she said. “But then we ended up resurfacing everything. It therefore underwent a complete facelift.

She upgraded the seats, refinished them with a durable fabric, improved the lighting, and added pops of primary colors. She adds a mural done by local artists that is a beach scene with a graffiti vibe. There are a few communal tables and light fixtures that incorporate the schooner goggles typical of beach bars along the coast.

“It’s a heavy glass chalice and we started using it 45 years ago just to be able to get more beer out. It quickly became the highlight,” she said.

The menu is filled with favorites like pizza and pterodactyl wings. New items will be added, chosen from chef Juan Martinez’s most popular specialties, such as chicken pot pie, a Monte Cristo sandwich and an avocado breakfast bowl with quinoa, corn and beans. Entrees average around $16. Entries range from $10 to $19. Children’s meals are $8.

Don’t be late for breakfast. There are nine breakfast burritos ($14-$16), five Eggs Benedicts ($15-$17) and five kinds of pancakes ($11-$12) as well as an omelet menu that includes a build-it-yourself option.

The bar serves beer and wine and plans to add cocktails this summer. But don’t worry, there will be too many changes at once.

Murray said she’s ready to show off the new Mutt Lynch’s, but she also wants to assure regulars, who have always loved the old place, that it hasn’t changed too much.

“We have all the comfort and familiarity of the old restaurant,” she said. “But we also have new updated features to keep everyone engaged.”

Find it: 2300 W. Oceanfront, Newport Beach, 949-675-1556, muttlynchs.com.

Open: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.