Dear Friends — one week ago tonight the legendary Woody’s at the Beach Restaurant and bar closed its doors after a nearly 10 years highly successful run. The 3 partners took advantage of the hot Laguna real estate market and sold the building to the Avila family for a new, fun Mexican restaurant and bar.

There was a packed house at Woody’s all night long. It was so crowded that the Laguna Beach Fire Marshall and the Police had to shut Woody’s down due to just too many people around 9:00 pm. After some folks left, it was reopened about an hour later and stayed packed until the final drink was served just before 2:00 am.

Above is managing partner Joel Herzer with friends at the party:

Now it appears after a swift remodels with some beautiful murals and some bright colors the brand new Laguna El Ranchito (1305 S. Coast Highway) is set to open this Monday, February 12th from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm. Come on by and support this exciting new restaurant and bar. I hear they have excellent margaritas and delicious and reasonably priced food.

Lots of fun and lots of history at 1305 S. Coast Highway:

The bartenders baring all just before the final bell:

We at SAVE the BOOM!!! will keep you posted on what’s happening in Laguna. Thank you very much.

Here is another photo from Woody’s closing party for your viewing pleasure: