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Long Beach Food Scene Intel: Holey Grail to open June 1; Los Compadres to score patio; 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 on Naples has one of the city’s strongest cocktail programs—so why do so few know about it?

Michael's on Naples has been known for many things, be it their long-held steel grip on regional Italian cuisine or their dive into creating a sustainable market or... But their cocktail program, headed by master mixologist Jocelyn Jolly, is certainly an underrated gem of a space that deserves constant praise (and yet receives so little).

Favorite things I’m eating right now in Long Beach: May 2024

Brian Addison's Favorite Things is a monthly list showcasing his five favorite things he is mowing down and gulping through in Long Beach—and it's not always new items but it's definitely never repeated things from previous months.

Broken Spirits Distillery will open its doors in Downtown Long Beach on May 31

After announcing their plans back in October of 2023, the group behind Orange County's wildly popular Smoke & Fire and Villains Brewing concepts are ready to unveil their distilling space, Broken Spirits Distillery. Taking over the former Portuguese Bend space in Downtown Long Beach, Broken Spirits has announced they will open May 31.
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Meet the couple with big dreams for historic 440 Elm Ave. building in Downtown Long Beach

It is one of Long Beach's oldest church structures, having survived the 1933 earthquake after its 1913 construction—and the small business owners who are now overseeing the building at 440 Elm Ave. have big plans for this massive, gorgeous ode to the Classical Revival style from famed Los Angeles architect Elmer Grey.

Long Beach BBQ Festival: Full Send BBQ is a veteran’s salute to his Filipino family and heritage

As the second annual Long Beach BBQ Festival approaches its day of taking over Shoreline Aquatic Park on May 25, Longbeachize and Brian Addison have partnered with the festival to highlight some the local talent being featured at the festival. Today, we feature Full Send BBQ, a veteran-owned barbecue popup that is flush with love, uplifting our country in a time when few do, and honoring Filipino heritage.

Let it feel like summer: Long Beach Transit’s AquaLink and AquaBus return May 24

After gloriously returning last year after a three-year absence due to the pandemic, Long Beach Transit's much loved water taxis will return to the shores of our city come May 24.

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Food & Drinks

Most anticipated restaurants opening in Long Beach in 2024: UPDATED

If there is one thing to be said about the year of 2023, it is that it feels distinctly different than 2022: Much more optimistic, with owners and chefs alike owning their resilience, and new business bringing hope against a triptych of years before that were anything but. And with that lovely mood and aura, it is only appropriate that many are hyped for the new restaurants opening in Long Beach in 2024.

Playa Amor to close, host last week of service; women’s sports bar concept to take over

Playa Amor, the lauded Mexican-American restaurant from Chef Thomas Ortega, will likely be serving its last week of service as the space is readying to be occupied by what will be a women's sports-centric concept. Service is expected to run through May 31.

Long Beach BBQ Festival is stacked with some of the finest—and this is the local couple behind it

As the second annual Long Beach BBQ Festival approaches its day of taking over Shoreline Aquatic Park this Saturday, May 25, Longbeachize and Brian Addison have partnered with the festival to highlight some the local talent being featured at the festival. Today, we focus on the incredible couple behind the whole festival, Qiana and Ian Mafnas.