Happy Thirsty Thursday from the Quiet Woman in Corona Del Mar! So what’s with the headless woman you ask? Her name is Judith and the story goes something like this; she was a saint who helped pilgrims on their way to a shrine to her village and her family took her head by sword 😳⠀
Open since 1965, the restaurant has become a staple not only in Corona Del Mar, but on Bravo TV as frequent stop with the Real Housewives of Orange County. I decided I needed to take my own group of favorite real housewives of OC to celebrate and keep our heads of course! Walking past the headless maiden, we sat down at the bar to order a martini with extra blue cheese olives. We were lucky enough to have Tom Peroutka as our bartender who was working that night. He has been there for 43 years and believes that he is the longest tenure bartender in all of the Newport Beach/ Corona Del Mar area.
Peroutka began his long tenure at The Quiet Woman on Jan. 17, 1977, back at their old Dana Point location. He was a college student at the time, the money was good and so he stuck with it, even after completing his master’s from UCLA’s film school. He has since served many Angels and Ducks, Billy Martin of the Yankees, Troy Aikman, Kobe Bryant and Kareem Abdul Jabar. One of his favorites was Barbara Streisand, but his all time favorite story he says is the night that Steven Tyler and Paula Abdul got on the mic to sing on stage.
Lynne Campbell is the current owner since buying it in 1989. Before she was the owner and executive chef of The Quiet Woman, she was first a frequent and loyal diner almost always ordering the restaurant’s signature rack of lamb. Although the restaurant was not listed for sale, she was tipped off that the previous owner, Mike Leach, would entertain reasonable offers. She has since held the restaurant the longest of its three owners. Although the Quiet Woman may never have a Michelin star, Michelin stars have little to do with everyday life. Cheers!