Long Beach Food Scene Intel: Sugar Taco to open June 5; Rascals to close; more

Sugar Taco in DTLB. Photo by Wendy Fung.

Sugar Taco in DTLB to open June 5

Sugar Taco—the vegan Mexican restaurant headed by a trio of women and founded shortly before the pandemic in the heart of the Melrose district near Fairfax—is readying to open its first Long Beach location at recently opened Magnolia apartment complex at the southwest corner of Broadway and Magnolia Avenue in DTLB. First announced in March of last year on Sugar Taco’s massively popular Instagram account, where they have amassed over 100,000 followers, owners Jayde Nicole, Nia Gatica, and Tina Louise said the DTLB location will officially open June 5.

A construction worker stands at the future entrance for “A Pacific Coast Highway” restaurant. Photo by Brian Addison.

‘A Pacific Coast Highway’ set to open in July

After I wrote about their presence back in April, I come with good news regarding River Jetty Restaurant Group’s first restaurant beyond the Orange Curtain: A Pacific Coast Highway is set to open in July with their 5,400 square-foot space housing 175 seats and a 2,500 square-foot enclosed and weatherproofed patio with views overlooking Alamitos Bay. The Orange County food giant is behind the base moniker legends that are A Restaurant and A Market in Newport Beach as well as A Crystal Cove on the Newport Coast. Read their press release here.

Rascals Teriyaki Grill to close

Rascals Teriyaki Grill will close after its landlord—the YMCA—has informed the owner it will not renew its lease. The owner said they expect to close “within the next few months” and reopen in Carson. The YMCA has yet to return comment as to what they plan to do with the space.

The Vegetarian Cafe opened near the Traffic Circle. Photo by Dennis Pham.

The Vegetarian Cafe opens near Traffic Circle

The Vegetarian Cafe, located near the Traffic Circle at 1726 Clark Ave., has officially opened. The casual coffeehouse focuses on two things: coffee and vegetarian food, from espresso drinks to avocado toasts.

Carne asada tacos with habanero salsa from Bubu’s. Courtesy of Jesus Garcia.

Mexican breakfast-and-lunch space Bubu’s opens

Bubu’s Restaurant has officially opened at 2017 Orange Ave., bringing with it affordable and accessible Mexican breakfast and lunch thanks to owner Jesus Garcia who insists “everyone is welcome” at his tiny-but-mighty establishment. What to expect? The usual Mexican suspects, chilaquiles to carne asada.


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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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