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Welcome to the I Heart Costa Mesa Show! Where a couple of neighbors with a microphone live, learn and love on Costa Mesa, California. We'll be interviewing locals, sharing stories and connecting with our community. Follow along!

Apr 13, 2018

If Jeff Chon isn't the hardest-working guy in the local restaurant scene, we don't know who is! At age 23, he cut his teeth by buying The Alley Restaurant in Newport Beach - an established eatery with a loyal following. Soon after, he concepted and built-out Tabu Shabu over on East 17th Street in Costa Mesa. The purchase of The Wayfarer (formerly Club Mesa and The Detroit Bar) and launch of Oak & Coal soon followed, and now he's about to open the doors to Love & Puree - all right here in town! In this episode we talk with Chon about Costa Mesa, food, the restaurant industry, breaking into franchising, and why he's so passionate about crafting slow, mindful dining experiences in an otherwise fast-food world. Grab a fork, this is one delicious show!

I Heart Costa Mesa is sponsored by:

Music Factory School of Music

The Orange County Market Place

You can find Jeff Chon through his various restaurant endeavors, three of which are all in the same shopping center at 333 East 17th Street in Costa Mesa:

Tabu Shabu:

Tabu Shabu on Instagram: @tabushabu

Tabu Shabu on Facebook:


Oak & Coal:

Oak & Coal on Instagram: @oakandcoal

Oak & Coal on Facebook:


Love & Puree:

Love & Puree on Instagram: @loveandpuree

Love & Puree on Facebook:


Chon also owns live-music venue, The Wayfarer, at 843 West 19th Street in Westside Costa Mesa:

The Wayfarer:

The Wayfarer on Instagram: @wayfarercm

The Wayfarer on Facebook:


And the restaurant that started it all... The Alley in Newport Beach:

The Alley:

The Alley on Instagram: @alleynb

The Alley on Facebook:


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Big thanks to everyone who helped make this podcast possible!

Producer: Danny Thompson (

Intro / Outro Voiceover: Brian Kazarian

Music: Eddie "DJ Kaboom" Iniestra