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Rouge in Fashion Island-no more

cdmedici Aug 11, 2006 11:03 PM

I noticed today that Rouge in Fashion Island know has a sign that says French 75. I know that Culinary Adventures owns both. My question is are all of the French 75 the same? I have only been to the one in Laguna which is pretty decent. I have been to Rouge twice and was dissapointed both times.

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    High Maintenance RE: cdmedici Aug 12, 2006 04:35 AM

    Rouge was ok. Not disapointing for me, but underwhelmed...considering that I like FR 75 in Laguna. You think this location is troublesome or just not hitting the niche?

    1. Funwithfood RE: cdmedici Aug 12, 2006 03:03 PM

      We went for French onion soup and dessert one late evening, neither of which was done well, so I'm not surprised. (But in OC that usually doesn't matter.......just a joke!)

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        OCBites RE: cdmedici Aug 12, 2006 04:47 PM

        It's my understanding that Rouge presented some trademark issues going forward. I imagine they're replicating the French 75 formula as that is the one they are using for expansion anyway (to wit: the new Fr 75 in LA and soon, beyond).

        Keep in mind, this is more industry rumble than certified fact.

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          CarrieK RE: cdmedici Aug 19, 2006 12:49 AM

          Rouge was indeed converted to a French 75 as a part of the ongoing expansion. (A new one opens in Century City in two weeks.) The Laguna location is the original and has a different feel from the rest, in so much as it's in a quaint historic building. However, all of the French 75's (Irvine, Newport, Laguna, Century City and Burbank) essentially have the same menus.

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