Now that you have explored Corona del Mar, I will introduce you to a place to eat with ghosts; a place to walk with history and a place to get something sweet to eat.
Five Crowns is an elegant restaurant with a ghostly history. I have been to this restaurant a few times and never seen anything. The ghosts usually come out during the holidays. Rose Stone, a manager at the the article was written in the "Corona del Mar Today" stated that she saw a man in black holding onto a string of colored lights, but the bulbs between his out-stretched hands were dark and then he disappeared.
Other employees have seen faces in the powder room mirrors, wine glasses shatter for no reason, while sitting on trolleys and have seen a ghostly lady in the garden area during dinner service.
A young couple were sitting on the patio and saw a vision of two people across the garden. After seeing the vision, they paid their bill and left in a hurry. One of the chefs was locked mysteriously inside a walk-in freezer. The wine captain was locked out of his wine room. While the wine room was locked, he heard a knocking and when police arrived to open the door, no one was there.
Other strange things that happen are that lights go on suddenly, the eyes of a portrait seem to follow you around the room, things move and images have been reported in the garden, the kitchen and the upstairs ladies room. There are thumps and bumps heard all over the place. The strange things that happen are not evil; just friendly and mischievous.
According to company sources, Five Crowns was built in 1936 and was modeled after an old English inn, known as Ye Olde Bell at Hurley-On-thames. A mother and daughter lived there for four years. In 1940, two Los Angeles business men leased the building for use as a restaurant, but Corona del Mar was so remote and the partners disagreed about permitting diners to gamble, that after three years, the restaurant closed and the mother and daughter returned and opened the building as Hurley Bell Inn. In the mid-1940's, the inn became a hideaway for Hollywood stars.
In 1948, the mother passed away and the daughter leased the building. The Hurley Bell began to attain a dubious reputation and in 1964 the building was purchased by Lawry's Restaurant Company and Five Crowns opened in April, 1965. The daughter passed away in 1990.
Some recent ghost happenings include the manager being in an upstairs dining area preferred by the lady ghost. There were no fans or air conditioning blowing and a table cloth was moving like a water flowing. Another happening was when the manager was upstairs in an employees area, when there were knocks from an outside wall, where there is a roof. The Side Door's manager has reported feeling someone patting her hair during the evenings, just gently smoothing it down.
Go enjoy a Corona del Mar landmark with friends!
Now that you have had a nice meal at Five Crowns, let's go take a walk. There is a 1.72 mile walking trail that I found on Corona del Mar walking trails that includes several of the streets in Corona del Mar and an historical bridge called the Goldenrod Footbridge. The Goldenrod Footbridge was built in August, 1928 to provide easier access to the beach. The 243 foot bridge stretches over Bayside Drive and is flower covered.
Sprinkles Cupcakes and Ice Cream is located in a shopping center at the corner of MacArthur Blvd. and Coast Highway.
The Nelson's pursued their dream; even though a cupcake bakery was a "high risk" venture and the bakery business was in a four year "no carb" decline. the store was designed by an architect from Vienna and was sleek and minimalistic. The logo and packaging was created by a former Martha Stewart employee. On April 13, 2005, the first Sprinkles store opened on Little Santa Monica Blvd in Beverly Hills. The first day, the cupcakes sold out in three hours, and 2000 cupcakes were sold the first week.
There are 12 locations throughout the United States and plans to open 15 more are in the works; including London and Tokyo. In 2013, a branch was opened in Kuwait.
There is a traveling "Sprinklesmobile" and in 2007 the company developed a line of cupcake mixes, which sell in their stores and William-Sonoma stores in the United States and Canada. In February, 2011, Sprinkles released an iPhone app that features free cupcakes and virtual gifting.
On March 6, 2012, Sprinkles Cupcakes opened a cupcake ATM in Beverly Hills. Then one was opened in Chicago and one in Dallas. You can get cupcakes and doggie cupcakes 24 hours a day. the machine is restocked throughout the day and holds up to 600 cupcakes at a time.
On May 24, 2012, Sprinkles opened Sprinkles Ice Cream in Beverly Hills and in 2013, they opened the store in Corona del Mar and Dallas. The shop serves unique flavors and carries a cookie line with a modern twist on traditional flavors.
Sprinkles offers nationwide shopping and have a traveling ice cream cart.