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Costa Mesa’s Saddle Ranch Chop House closes after 5 years

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Saddle Ranch Chop House, which opened in Costa Mesa in 2013, has closed. A new tenant for its upper-floor space in the Triangle has not been announced.
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Saddle Ranch Chop House, a Western-themed restaurant in Costa Mesa’s Triangle entertainment complex, has closed after a five-year run.

The nearly 8,000-square-foot steakhouse opened in April 2013, taking a spot on the center’s upper floor, which is highly visible to motorists exiting the 55 freeway. It featured a ridable mechanical bull, two bars and outdoor seating.

Saddle Ranch’s corporate office in West Hollywood did not respond to a request for comment Thursday.

The steakhouse stood among the businesses aiding the Triangle’s financial turnaround about five years ago, when new owners pumped millions into renovations and repositioned the struggling center at 1870 Harbor Blvd. from retail to food and entertainment.

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Saddle Ranch also closed its Universal CityWalk location in January after 22 years, according to Eater Los Angeles. The chain, founded in 1999, has locations in Orange, Valencia, West Hollywood and Glendale, Ariz.

The Triangle has not announced a replacement tenant.

bradley.zint@latimes.com

Twitter: @BradleyZint

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