Thursday, May 30, 2024

Long Beach Food Scene Intel: Chile Verde moving into former Bored & Hungry space; Primal Alchemy scores prestigious award; more

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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.


Albert’s Petite Sweets opens in Partake Collective

Chef and CSULB alumni Albert Daniel—who won the first episode of Hulu’s “Baker Dozen” series—has officially opened up his first sweets shop inside the Partake Collective in Downtown Long Beach.


Short-lived Bored & Hungry space to become Chile Verde chain location

Well, that was fast: The short-lived NFT-meets-crypto-meets-smash-burgers-carbon-copied-from-Trill-Burger-in-Texas concept Bored & Hungry has permanently shuttered in order to make way for the chain that is Chile Verde, which already has an existing location on Willow Street. Established in 1999 by immigrant Jose Bahena in Torrance, Bahena has since grown the fast casual outlet into ten-plus locations across the Southland.


Dilly’s Sandwiches nears opening in Lakewood Village

After announcing that Dilly’s Sandwiches is coming to Lakewood Village’s Village Shops area back in December of 2023, taking over a space near Cali Chilli and a bit from Vino e Cucina, major steps have been taken regarding the space’s build-out, including getting signage up. It gives the neighborhood even more options food wise—which is clutch.

“We are working with ownership on this venue which will be a sandwich-meets-micro-brew restaurant and have a great neighborhood vibe. Estimated time is likely four to six months to get it permitted,” said architect Cameron Crockett when the project was first announced—which means they are right on target.


Primal Alchemy wins prestigious sustainability award for their catering services

Primal Alchemy, owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Dana and Chef Paul Buchanan, received the Achievement in Catering Excellence Sustainability Award earlier this year at Catersource, known as the ACE Awards.

“The thing is, we use sustainable practices because it matters to us,” Dana said. “However, when our hard work is recognized, and even replicated, we couldn’t be prouder. Kathleen Stoehr, Informa Connect Director of Community Strategy mentioned Primal Alchemy Catering was seen as a ‘true partner in making our world a better place for future generations.’ Our commitment to green concepts and sustainable practices is stronger than ever. Book an event with us and watch us in action yourself.”

Send them all your congratulations!


Owners of On the Rocks rebrand to 562 Pacific Grill

The owners of what used to be On the Rocks have rebranded into the 562 Pacific Grill under the same LLC. While details are sparse, they will continue live music Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and seem to be keeping the same bar food—think mozzy sticks, dips, wings, nachos, sliders…


ICYMI: Gusto Bread formally becomes Long Beach’s first James Beard finalist

What an incredible accomplishment for our city’s culinary scene: Long Beach’s Gusto Bread, the Latin American-centric space that overtly overthrows Eurocentric ideals when it comes to baked goods, has officially become a finalist for Outstanding Bakery in the 2024 James Beards awards, the nation’s most prestigious food honors.

It is the first time a Long Beach establishment has been a finalist for the award.

Read the full feature here.


ICYMI: Seattle staple Bai Tong Thai opens first Long Beach location

If you’re a Seattle transplant, you will surely be jumping for joy: Hitting 35 years of service with its original space near the Seattle-Tacoma Airport in Washington, Bai Tong Thai has stepped out of its Washington, Oregon, and Hawaiian roots to open its second, pick-up-or-to-go only California location in Long Beach, following the opening of their Anaheim location.

Bai Tong will be opening a ghost location inside the Daisy Kitchen at 1388 Daisy Ave. across from The Hawk on Anaheim Street—so the space will be take-out or pick-up only, not a full dine-in experience like their other locations outside of California.

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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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