New Little Onion Mexican Restaurant Opens at Irvine’s Walnut Village Center

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

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Little Onion Mexican Restaurant has opened in Irvine’s Walnut Village Center. Featuring Spanish Hacienda style interiors and an outdoor patio, the casual Mexican eatery is owned by Lori Reich Rowe, whose father Lorin Reich founded the original Little Onion Mexican Restaurant in 1963.

The Little Onion brand has enduring Southern California roots. After years of restaurant work, founder Lorin Reich acquired a Red Onion location in Hawthorne – renaming and transforming it into the popular “Little Onion” brand. The Hawthorne location closed in the mid-1970s, and his daughter Lori bought the Santa Ana eatery from her father in 2010, which still operates today.

“I’m so proud to honor my father and apply my years of hospitality experience into this exciting new Irvine location,” Rowe said. “Over the years, Little Onion has gained a reputation as the place to go for good, authentic, Mexican food, and I am thrilled to carry on this family tradition over five decades later.”

The Irvine Little Onion Mexican Restaurant is located at 14429 Culver Dr. in the former Bank of Hope building – offering fresh and locally sourced traditional Mexican cuisine, including vegetarian options. It seats 150 guests on the patio and in the dining room and bar, including 45 guests in the semi-private dining room.

Chef Agustin Bruno heads culinary operations at the newest Little Onion as well as the Santa Ana location – bringing nine years of industry experience including his previous two years as sous chef at Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen in Brea.

The new restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner starting at 11 a.m., Monday through Friday, and starting at 9 a.m. for weekend brunch, lunch and dinner on Saturday.

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