CdM Bids Farewell to Coco’s

posted: March 10th, 2013 01:57 pm | 4Comments

Coco’s Bakery Restaurant, which opened in Corona del Mar in the 1940s, is closing today.

“There’s no place equivalent in town, and it’s especially sad for the older people in town who relied on good prices and close proximity,” said Debbie Johnson, who has been eating at Coco’s for 30 years with her husband, Andrew Johnson.

Rumors had circulated for months that the restaurant would close its location at 3446 East Coast Highway. In December, Corona del Mar Today reported that a Chase Bank branch was going to take over the space and open this spring; read our story here.

The original Coco’s opened in 1948, replacing the Snack Shop in the location that currently is Ruby’s at 2305 East Coast Highway. Last May, another Coco’s closed at Fashion Island.

The Chase branch will join Union Bank, OpusBank, OneWest, Wells Fargo, Citibank, Bank of America and First Republic Bank branches in Corona del Mar, as well as a Farmers & Merchants bank currently under construction.

Pat and Dave Valentine of Big Canyon have been customers for 45 years, visiting about once a week for waffles.

“We’re upset that they are closing,” Dave Valentine said.

“We have enough Chase Banks,” Pat Valentine said. “But not enough Coco’s.”

Read our earlier story here.

Susan Hoffman contributed to this story.

Photos by Susan Hoffman.

4 Responses to “CdM Bids Farewell to Coco’s”



March 11th, 2013

The original Snack Shop was the one that is now Rubys. The one that is now Cocos, was SS no. nine. I ate most of my breakfasts and/or lunches there for about thirty years.


March 11th, 2013

Why are there so many banks in Cdm? What is the deal! I live in the village and never see people in these banks, how and why are they popping up so quickly, it's insane!


March 13th, 2013

Corona del Mar is finished. There is nothing good here anymore. Banks, rug shops, nail salons... Things we don't need. It's really a shame.

Mike Baldwin

November 29th, 2013

Snack Shop No. 9 did not become a Cocos until some time in the mid 70s. I worked in the Bakery attached to the back of the building during my high school day (1968 - 1971). My father worked for the company during early 60's on through the mid 80's. We both love being a part of the "Far West Services" orgination. By when the company was sold to an outside corporation thing went to heck in a hand basket quickly and the once high quality standards went by the wayside.

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