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By Miranda Medina

Walkers Welcome as Zombee Donuts & Bakeshop will open its doors for 24 hours Halloween for non stop treats and absolutely no tricks. Zombie Bakery

Owner Vanessa Guillen of Zombee Donuts & Bakeshop said she has had success beyond her expectations since the shop opened in February of 2015.Guillen runs  the shop with her mother, Marie and the two have been a dynamic duo in bringing the most dangerously delicious baked goods to Fullerton.

The theme of the bakeshop is unique featuring gourmet donuts decorated with a spooky  character. Vanessa says, “Customers are receptive to the theme, they like that we are directed  toward zombies, we get a lot of walking dead fans.”

The bakeshop has a variety of donut flavors that can go fast especially on the weekends as well  as hot coffee, iced coffee, milk, juice and other beverages to compliment any baked treat. Zombee Donuts features a vegan donut of the week, sometimes with maple or caramel as well  as the classic cake donut with vegan fudge.

Guillen explained that each donut is crafted to perfection and all have delicious flavors from chocolate to red velvet,  maple as well as a variety of cream filled donuts that are just to die for. The Maple Bacon Bar is the most popular according to Guillen, giving a salty and sweet flavor with a nice  crispy bacon strip on top.

The owners decided that every season they will feature two new donuts and on occasion bring  back a donut for a day or a couple of days if that donut was only there for a limited time.

“We  don’t want to get rid of any of the donuts that people come in for all the time,” Vanessa said.

By offering tasty seasonal treats, it gives the hungry walkers a chance to sink their teeth into some fresh new flavors.

Challenges for Vanessa have been up there with the stress of opening up a new business, in the  beginning the days were long. However, the key moments for the bakeshop have made it all  worth it including being featured by The Hornet, the Los Angeles Times and coming up getting a visit from LA-based radio station Jack FM.

Zombee Donuts was even asked to be a part of National Donut Day, through their vendor back  in June. “The fact that we are doing better than we forecasted and we have regulars is  awesome, we have been very blessed.” Vanessa happily reported.

Zombee’s hours are 6 a.m.–6 p.m. everyday, closed on Tuesdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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By Sarah Espiritu

The Matador Cantina in Downtown Fullerton celebrated the official opening of its Agave Room and outdoor patio dining with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 28.Ribboncuttingbefore

Guests of the celebration were treated to live Latin music, complimentary beverages such as house-made sangrias and frozen margaritas, and samples of ahi tuna tostadas and ham and jalapeño rolls.

Members of the City Council, State Senate and Chamber of Commerce made an appearance to present certificates of recognition to owners, Mario Marovic and Rob Hallstrom as well as General Manager and Executive Chef David Dennis.

“It’s always great to see local businesses expand,” said City Council Member Bruce Whitaker, and added that when they do, they can “better serve residents in Fullerton.”

Initially, the restaurant wanted to open it’s doors back in 2009 already featuring an outdoor patio and banquet room, but were unable to do so at the time, so plans had been pushed back and the restaurant opening with limited seating and a bar.Matador

“It’s been something we’ve wanted for so long,” said Chef Dennis. “Now we have the ability to service more people.”

On busy nights, the restaurant can average an hour-long wait for seating, but customers stick around because of the “extraordinary ambiance superior guest service,” as boasted by the Matador’s website, that they expect to receive.

Assistant General Manager and Event Coordinator Allicia Samuel, who will now also take care of the banquet room requests, said that this opening was “a long time coming.”

After years of planning, the Matador Cantina was set to open the patio and banquet room by August 2015, but more setbacks happened that caused further delay until finally they were able to officially open now.matadorfood

“We’re really happy. It was always a dream and now it’s a reality,” said Samuel.

The Agave Room can hold a private party for up to 85 guests and the menus can be specially made to cater to the occasion. It features it’s own full-service bar and kitchen as well to accommodate for the busier seasons.

Patio dining is also available for private events for up to 35 people.

“Outside kind of feels like a vacation spot. It has that outdoor bar, you know like when you go on vacation and I think everybody just kind of loses themselves in the moment and just [has] a good time,” said Chef Dennis.Agaveroom

With the two new expansions, The Matador Cantina can seat over 100 guests to help with the increased demand over the past couple of years. The additional kitchen and extra bars will also help create a greater experience for foodies and bar-hoppers alike.

The Matador Cantina is located at: 111 N Harbor Blvd, Fullerton.  For more information, all: (714) 871-8226.

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28 Oct 2015

Matador Cantina opens its Agave Room

Author: Jay Seidel | Filed under: local Business, Local Events