Thursday, May 30, 2024

Long Beach Food Scene Intel: Pan to move out of BK; Vibes on Peninsula permanently closes; 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.

Vibes on Peninsula permanently shutters; to become Mediterranean spot

Mother-and-daughter team Cindy and Mackenzie Hendrix quietly shuttered their much-loved Peninsula space permanently after being closed since spring of 2023. While the Hendrixes did not return a request for comment, a new temporary signage has gone up Olive, a Mediterranean space taking over. Check out the picture here thanks to Long Beach Food Scene member Gerry Spiers.

The Pan to leave Bixby Knolls, move into former Bebe’s space in Sutter neighborhood

After it was announced last week that Bebe’s Diner, the casual old-school-style diner that took over the old Sizzler spot at 15 Del Amo Blvd. back in December of 2022, had officially closed, The Pan has quickly moved in. The Bixby Knolls breakfast spot will be vacating their current space—due to landlord conflict, according to Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association head honcho Blair Cohn—and taking over the massive diner at Del Amo and Long Beach Boulevards.

Honeybee’s/3rd & Loma and Devi’s Donuts burglarized

Two small food businesses—Honeybee’s/3rd & Loma in Belmont Heights and Devi’s Donuts in Zaferia—were both burglarized on Dec. 27, with possible correlation given the suspect in the Honeybee’s security footage and one of the two suspects in the Devi’s footage appear to be wearing the same hoodie and beanie hat.

Devi’s shared their video—in which two suspects open and grab $100 in cash from a register while stealing electronics after breaking into the front door—the following day while Honeybee’s/3rd and Loma—in which one suspect takes a trashcan supposedly full of things out the way he broke in—did the same.

Seaside Creamery to open on eastside

After announcing their opening in September, Seaside Creamery is taking one step closer to opening with its signage going up. The space—inside the small strip mall at the southwest corner of Palo Verde and Atherton near CSULB—is a welcomed addition to the city’s independent ice cream scene, where Long Beach Creamery rightfully dominates and the spawning of La Michoacanas have been a very warmly welcomed addition.

NorthTown Bistro introduces new weekly menu for 2024

Chef Ronnie Woods’s NorthTown Bistro has a new weekly menu at its location at 5500 Long Beach Blvd., beginning Jan. 3 and running Wednesdays through Sundays form 2PM to 9PM. Text your orders: 562-340-3415

ICYMI: Nearly 25 new restaurants opening in 2024

From Barcelona legend Telefèric to DTLA legend Sonoratown to Napoli legend L’Antica, Long Beach is going to score a beautiful array of new restaurants come this year. I’ve compiled the list and now, you get to sit and drool.

Read the full list here.

ICYMI: Sushi Nikkei celebrates anniversary at Belmont Shore location

For some reason the business between Sushi Nikkei’s original Bixby Knolls location and their Belmont Shore location is vastly different—as in BK outperforms the Shore on a huge level.

But that doesn’t mean its owners aren’t proudly celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Shore location not willing to let the Shore community go. And with a one-off menu that showcased some of its most fascinating dishes—including a spectacular Peruvian causa with tuna tartare—they love their communities, both in BK and the Shore.

To have such representation in Long Beach in a place that has expanded into two locations is not just an honor but something worthy of highlight—and something we should be supporting.

Read the full story 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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