Thursday, May 30, 2024

Long Beach Food Scene Intel: Famed L’Antica pizzeria moves forward in the Shore; Nick the Greek opens July 25; more


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L’Antica da Michele construction moves forward as seen on July 13, 2023. Photos by Brian Addison.

L’Antica da Michele construction moves forward in Belmont Shore

The Belmont Shore renaissance continues: L’Antica da Michele, the U.S. offshoot of the famed Naples pizzeria, had announced its taking over of the former Papalucci’s space nearly two years ago—and some have feared the project would not be following through. Fear not: The space is moving forward, with construction happening day and night as the space transforms into what owner Francesco Zimone—the Naples native who expanded Da Michele’s presence into the States with its first location in Los Angeles and now two more, one in New York and one in Santa Barbara—said would be “one of the most beautiful pizzerias in the region” and they “need a couple more months” before soft opening.

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The interior of Nick the Greek in Belmont Shore as seen on July 10, 2023. Photo by Brian Addison.

Nick the Greek to open July 25 in Belmont Shore

And more news from the Shore: Nick the Greek, the Greek fast-casual space that is replacing owner Theofanis Pietris’s former Pietris bakery, will be opening soon following an incredibly fast alteration of the space that began mid-February this year. The massive franchising chain spans Utah to Arizona to NorCal, with over 70 locations through the Western United States. Owner Chris Parisis said the grand opening is to take place on July 25 at 11AM, with free meals being offered from 11AM to 2:30PM. The space is located at 5000 E. 2nd St.

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The building which is now home to Baby Gee bar, as seen when the business was moving in during Nov. 14, 2022. Photo by Brian Addison.

Baby Gee is not for sale—but the building is

The building which is home to Baby Gee bar is up for sale, prompting speculation that the business is either for sale as well or potentially leaving—but fear not: The building has been sale even before Baby Gee moved in and with a 10-year lease, owners Gianna Johns and Daniel Flores have assured they are not going anywhere any time soon. The sale includes the building itself, which also houses two studio units above the bar. For Baby Gee’s latest cocktail menu, click here.

Courtesy of Trū Bowl.

Trū Bowl’s first Long Beach location’s grand opening July 29

Trū Bowl, the create-your-own superfood-açaí-whatever-your-sugartooth-craves bowl franchise business, is expanding its presence into Long Beach, opening on the Eastside in the complex which houses The Local Spot and Enrique’s at the southwest corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Loynes. Grand opening July 29 at noon, the first 100 guests will receive a free, self-customized bowl while the rest will enjoy half-off all items.

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Gaucho Beach’s clam chowder. Courtesy of business.

ICYMI: Gaucho Beach reveals inaugural menu

After years of setbacks and an optimistic announcement about their opening this summer, the largest of the beach amenity upgrades that have been taking place across the shoreline for the past several years—Gaucho Beach at Alamitos Beach—has released its menu. Check out the full feature here.

This article previously left a lack of clarification on Trū Bowl having a grand opening versus it being already being open.

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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