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New Business

H.H. Cotton’s

201 Avenida Del Mar


The partners and staff of H.H. Cotton's are preparing for their tentative Monday, Feb. 22 opening. Photo: Eric Heinz
The partners and staff of H.H. Cotton’s are preparing for their tentative Monday, Feb. 22 opening. Photo: Eric Heinz

Avenida Del Mar’s latest installment is anticipating a Monday, Feb. 22, grand opening, but call or check social media before stopping by.

Eight partners make up the ownership of H.H. Cotton’s—four are local families and three went away to college before returning to San Clemente.

Three of the partners Bill Hales, Chris Aitken and Jason Gable spoke with the San Clemente Times on Friday.

Having 28 years of experience in the restaurant business, Hales said he is excited to get the business up and running.

“When this location became available, the partners got together and reached out, and I’ve been looking for an opportunity to come back to Orange County,” Hales said. “This is the flagship corner of Avenida Del Mar. Opportunities like this do not come around.”

The menu will feature American dishes and 28 beers on tap. Head chef Jason Gable’s street tacos and tri-tip steak will be something to look forward to once the restaurant opens.

“We wanted to put our stamp here as far as what San Clemente locals will like and what they appreciate,” Aitken said.

The interior design of the restaurant was done with a collection of reclaimed wood and put together by a local designer, Hales said.

“Our goal here has just been local,” Aitken said. “The namesake of the restaurant is probably the oldest local in San Clemente, even before Ole (Hanson). It will be a relaxed environment and family-friendly.”

Check out their Facebook page for updates as the grand opening draws near.

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