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The Ritz, a Newport Beach icon, prepares to close its doors
The Ritz, a Newport Beach icon, prepares to close its doors

On New Year's Eve, Beccy Rogers donned a black suit with a fur collar. She selected sparkling earrings and a necklace, and finished the look with a glitzy clip in her long hair, pulled back into a tight bun. She has welcomed the new year in the outfit for as long as she has worked at Newport Beach's iconic Ritz Restaurant & Garden. But after 30 years, this would be her last. The Ritz, which first put down roots near the Newport Pier in 1977 and then moved years later to the more upscale Newport Center, will shut its doors Feb. 15, the victim of changing tastes and a landlord who wants to move in "a different direction." -------------------- FOR THE RECORD: The...

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