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City Council Denies Hummingbird House Cafe’s Application for Alcohol Sales

We recently discussed Hummingbird House’s application for limited alcohol sales at its Los Rios Street restaurant. That decision was delayed, but in an encouraging move, the San Juan Capistrano City Council asked staff to make a recommendation on how beer and wine sales might be permitted within the Los Rios Historic District. Unfortunately, this week [...]

A Toddler’s Visit to San Juan Capistrano

A toddler narrates his visit by train to Mission San Juan Capistrano and Los Rios Street. Very well done!

SJC City Council to Consider (More) Alcohol Sales on Los Rios Street

At tonight’s City Council meeting, the San Juan Capistrano City Council will consider a request from the Hummingbird House Cafe to permit alcohol sales at the restaurant. The Patch has an article about Hummingbird House’s appeal here. Alcohol sales are banned within the largely residential, entirely historic Los Rios Specific Plan. Banned, that is, except [...]