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Volume 6, Issue 19  | March 5, 2021

Former Arches owner Dan Marcheano passes, memorial service planned for this weekend

According to, Dan Marcheano, longtime owner of The Arches Restaurant, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. He was 80.

“Danny,” as he was known to many of his close friends, was active in the Newport Beach community through many organizations, although none more near and dear to his heart than the 1-1 Marines, adopted by the City of Newport Beach.

Marcheano, who received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Marines in 1965, took over The Arches in 1982.

The Arches under Marcheano became one of Newport Beach’s most iconic restaurants, serving as a fine dining establishment for the city’s who’s who. 

“Dan not only ran one of the most famous restaurants in Newport Beach history, The Arches, but he was a consummate host and a funny, opinionated person who would literally do anything to help you,” said Gary Sherwin, president & CEO of Visit Newport Beach. “I’ll never forget moving into our new offices and Dan driving up on his motorcycle with a huge boxed lunch for our entire staff as a office warming gift. He truly loved this city, the 1/1 Marines and he was as iconic as his restaurant. He will be truly missed.” 

Newport Beach Chamber President & CEO Steven Rosansky added, “Dan was an icon in the Newport Beach Restaurant community. His gruff manner belied a warm and generous nature that will be missed. I can still visualize him flipping burgers and cooking Sabatino’s sausages at our monthly summer BBQs.” 

Marcheano was recognized in 2004 with the Speak Up Newport Sunshine Award, given to an individual who lives or works in the Newport Beach community. The award was presented in recognition for the recipient’s long-term positive impact on the community for volunteer service over and above professional accomplishments.

A memorial service will be held for Marcheano at Sabatino’s restaurant in Newport Beach on Sunday, Nov. 10, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

It’s only fitting that on the same day, the U.S. Marines will be celebrating their 244th birthday. Danny wouldn’t want it any other way.


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