Thursday, July 18, 2024

Long Beach Food Scene Intel: Good Day Cafe soft opens on 4th; Filipino coffee coming; 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.

Taking over former Wide Eyes Open Palms space, Good Day Cafe soft open on Mondays

After owners announced back in April they would be shuttering their much-loved Wide Eyes Open Palms bistro off 4th on Cherry Avenue, plans were clear that there was already a queer women-led effort to take it over and rebrand as the Good Day Cafe. Owners Lindsey Mark and her wife Nikki have officially soft-opened the space, with current hours running Thursday through Monday from 7AM to 2PM. It’s a welcomed (re)addition to 4th Street—and given there’s still a bit of time for Pride month, we owe the ladies a visit, no?

New Amsterdam–shawarma joint from the owners of Borjstar—hoists signage

Borjstar Shawarma Shop announced they would be moving into Long Beach earlier this month—but what we didn’t know is that they wouldn’t be bringing the Borjstar name but the seemingly odd New Amsterdam. Which isn’t that odd considering their history. Borjstar is kinda Gardena-based but actually more Hague (as in the Netherlands)-based: Owner and Syrian native Abu Jemil has previously owned two shawarma-focused shops in the Hague before taking the full dive into the American restaurant industry by opening Borjstar in September of last year. Across the roughly half-year span, he has not only built up a loyal legion of patrons but wants to take over the former Utopia space in the East Village Arts District in Downtown.

Coffee Drunk’s 4th Street location broken into

Coffee Drunk’s 4th Street location was broken into during the wee hours of June 26, prompting the store to do the most Long Beach thing ever: Offer a “break-in special,” with discounted breakfast burritos and drinks. The coffee shop crew thanked the Long Beach Police Department for their fast response and assured customers they would be “back to having it look good in no time.

Filipino coffee joint Teofilo to open Long Beach location

Speaking of coffee, Ron Dixon started Teofilo Coffee Company back in 2017 in Los Alamitos, named after his grandfather. Harnessing direct relationships with Filipino coffee growers, Teofilo offers a variety of coffee from the Philippines—and they just signed a lease to an undisclosed space near 2nd Street and Pacific Coast Highway.

Nonna Mercado kicks off dinner program with ‘Summer Nights’ series

All hail the pasta gods: Chef Cameron Slaugh and his masterful pasta making skills will be highlighted in an entirely new way as Nonna Mercato finally opens for dinner. Running Fridays and Saturdays from July 5 through September 21, each night will feature a four-course pre-fixe menu. Reservation times will be between 5:30PM and 9PM. For those interested in the inaugural menu, click here.

Broadway space for sale; realtor encouraging restaurateur to take over

1434 E. Broadway—the former pet shop across from the Falcon at Broadway and Falcon Avenue—is up for sale for $980,000. Realtor Jason House called it “an excellent value-add opportunity located just a few blocks from the beach. The property, originally built in 1917, presents an investor or owner/user a unique opportunity to design and construct their dream space within the bustling Alamitos Beach neighborhood. The building’s interior improvements have been completely removed to the studs. The property is suited for retail, restaurant, bar, or professional office uses.”

Paddy’s Pub taking over former Muldoon Saloon space in North Long Beach

Paddy’s Pub will be opening in Long Beach in “around two months” at the former Muldoon’s Saloon space, owner Kasey Bryant told What Now Los Angeles. “It’ll be a real Irish pub with a full bar and Irish whiskeys,” says Bryant. “It will also specialize in Irish cocktails including Guinness espresso martinis and Irish espresso martinis.”

ICYMI: Cal Heights gem EA Seafood to bring Long Beach its first formal dim sum menu

Best food news ever? Quite possibly.

EA Seafood is the Cantonese gem of Cal Heights that opened in the beginning of this year. Since opening, they’ve garnered a loyal and steady patronage with their quality traditional takes on Chinese classics.

Because of that, they’ve trusted owner and chef Jerry Wu and what he creates at the wok. And with that trust, he will be offering his first taste of over 50 handcrafted dim sum eats this Friday, June 28.

Click here for the full feature.

ICYMI: Long Beach’s Wrigley gem, Wicked Wolf, unveils summer cocktail menu

The Wicked Wolf, continually home to Wrigley’s most impressive cocktail program, has become a neighborhood staple.

And that development has been in a way that is desperately needed for the neighborhood itself. Perpetually supported by and supportive of surrounding businesses, the waltz-into-the-woods space has been a stalwart figure for a part of Long Beach often insular in itself and ignored by outsiders.

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And their summer cocktail menu rocks.

Click here for the full feature.

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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