Thursday, July 18, 2024

Long Beach Food Scene Intel: Ample Hills closes sole West Coast location, Pine sees new brewery, more


Here’s your latest in the local food scene:

  • Ample Hills Creamery at 2nd + PCH has closed; it marks a nationwide closing of their locations.
  • Pine Avenues’s former wedding venue (and, for the old folks in the room, the sole Z Gallerie to exist in our city), will become Altar Society Brewing Co., a surprise to few: Owner Jon Sweeney has been working on this since pre-pandemic and plans to keep the space, well, a venue, specifically for weddings. Look for my full feature in the coming weeks.
  • ICYMI: Portuguese Bend has shuttered its storefront following a legal battle that is ensuing between its owners. While it signals yet another blow to DTLB—particularly following the announcement that Beachwood has suspended all food operations earlier this month—it should be noted that other DTLB businesses in the very same area are thriving, from Ammatolí and The Ordinarie to Recreational and Congreation. Read the full story on Portuguese Bend here.
Brian Addison
Brian Addison
Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 25 nominations and three additional wins. In 2019, he was awarded the Food/Culture Critic of the Year across any platform at the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards.


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