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Long Beach Food Scene Intel: Sonoratown moves forward; Flamin’ Curry opens second location; more

Long Beach Food Scene Intel is a series from Brian Addison that will recap food news throughout the city, both news that needs just a quick mention or repeated news where you might have missed the full features.
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Long Beach Food Scene Intel: I Luv Ur Buns brick-and-mortar grand opening; Sake Secrets burglarized; more

Long Beach Food Scene Intel is a series from Brian Addison that will recap food news throughout the city, both news that needs just a quick mention or repeated news where you might have missed the full features.

Michael’s Downtown to permanently shutter; Ubuntu Cafe to take over

Michael's Downtown—the DTLB extension from the Michael's Restaurant Group—will be permanently shuttering to make way for a second Ubuntu Cafe location.

Praise the masa gods: Lola’s in Long Beach introduces new brunch, new tortillas

Lola's in Long Beach—longtime champion of comida Mexicana since opening in Retro Row over 15 years ago—has quietly introduced a newly, locally-sourced tortilla for the first time while launching into the newest iteration of their brunch menu.

Bar Becky—one of Long Beach’s best new restaurants—takes vegetarian love to new level with farmers market series

Bar Becky in East Long Beach—the debut restaurant of Hell's Kitchen alumni Chef Johnathan Benvenuti—is one of the city's best new restaurants. And the fact that Chef Johnathan can...

Nonna Mercato debuts dinner service, offering up one of Long Beach’s best prix fixe menus

Nonna Mercato—the bistro-meets-bakery-meets market of Bixby Knolls—has long been serving up some of the city's finest baked goods and pastas. With Chef Cameron Slaugh at the helm, they formally dive into dinner service.

A Long Beach design district? Downtown wants to create just that—and it deserves one

A Long Beach design district is what is being proposed by architectural firm Studio One Eleven—a worthy cause given the neighborhood's rich cultural attachment to design ideals.

Mayor’s Grow Long Beach 2024 lays out future development; Ford Motors opening up R&D shop

Mayor Rex Richardson hosted his Grow Long Beach 2024 event at the Aquarium of the Pacific, coming with big announcements. Spanning an hour-long presentation and covering development, tourism, aerospace, manufacturing, and entertainment, he came with one particularly big announcement: Ford Motors will be moving into town.

The city is waiving Long Beach block party fees (which is cool and culturally important)

Get ready to party—as in Long Beach block party. The city will waive the $100 fee for a neighborhood block party permit application, as well as the cost to rent street barricades, which can cost hosts hundreds of dollars.

2028 Summer Olympics and Long Beach: Your guide to everything being proposed

The 2028 Summer Olympics will be hosted by our neighbor to the north—and it will have massive impacts on Long Beach. Here is your complete guide to what is being proposed, where things are happening, and what improvements (yes, improvements!) are happenin

Alexan West End, Long Beach’s 600-unit residential project, breaks ground

Construction crews have officially begun digging the foundation for the first part of the Alexan West End, the largest residential development proposed for Long Beach.

An ode to Golden Burgers—and the immigrant-led diners that have long defined Long Beach and L.A.

Golden Burgers was a staple at the northeast corner of 4th Street and Junipero Avenue for over four decades. Part of the definitive SoCal...

Compound Long Beach—the art-meets-food-meets-music hub—leans into its nonprofit roots

Compound Long Beach is many, many things: Art gallery. Restaurant thanks to The Union. Community hub for everything from wellness seminars to mini-markets. But the thing that people should know first and foremost is that it's a nonprofit.

GUEST COLUMN: When the walls (almost) came tumbling down in Long Beach

Julia Huang reflects on the recent challenges and surprises encountered to organize Long Beach’s ninth annual urban art festival, Long Beach Walls.

Long Beach Lost: The funky, weird ‘worm in a sock’ that was The Loop in DTLB

Long Beach Lost, was launched to examine buildings—like the former Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool, spaces, and cultural happenings that have have largely been erased, including the forgotten tales attached to existing places and things.

Long Beach Walls 2024 officially kicks off: Here are the artists mural-ing our city

Long Beach Walls 2024 is here—and it with the Art Renzei Festival have changed the city’s art scene. Together, they have essentially turned Long Beach into one of the region’s finest outdoor museums.

Well-read: The Long Beach bookstore renaissance happening on 4th Street

The Long Beach bookstore is having an outright renaissance along the Retro Row stretch of 4th Street. And it's thanks to the love of the tangible slowly returning as people steer more healthily away from screens and towards the things of this earth. Especially the printed page.

After controversy, Big Bang on the Bay formally moved to Labor Day

After submitting paperwork late to the California Coastal Commission, the annual July 3rd (not 4th) fireworks tradition that is Big Bang on the Bay was indefinitely cancelled. But it has returned: Organizer John Morris says the new version will be on Sept. 1.

Long Beach Taco and Tequila Festival to host legendary luchador Damián 666 for final match

The 2024 Long Beach Taco and Tequila Festival is upon us—and it not only brings said tacos and tequila but music and culture as well.

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