Mulberry Street Closes, New Italian Eatery to Come (Extreme Restaurant Makeover)

Mulberry Street Restaurant on Park and Long Beach road, has long been a place I’ve walked by and never gone in.  It seems I’m not the only one, because this week, when I walked by it, it was closed.  On Tuesday, the lights were out, but a sign said Cafe Picasso was coming soon.

Great!  Looks like one Italian restaurant closes, another one opens.  I have no idea if they are going to be doing renovations (I saw no signs of construction or permits) or if this is just a management swap.  Did anyone like Mulberry?  Predictions for Cafe Picasso?

Personally, I think this is a tough town to open another Italian eatery in.  Pizza places, casual Italian, and “classy” Italian are abundant – and all very tasty.  What there’s a dearth of is seafood restaurants – which still makes no sense to me at all, considering this is a “City by the Sea.”

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9 thoughts on “Mulberry Street Closes, New Italian Eatery to Come (Extreme Restaurant Makeover)”

  1. I was at Mulberry Street just a few weeks ago. The Grande white pizza, made in their wood burning oven, was excellent and a few weeks before that I ate there on a Restaurant.com coupon, which meant to me that they were low on business. I believe that they changed management recently so this may be an attempt to jump start business with a name change; at that time they had changed the decor slightly, changing the paint color on the walls, etc.

    What I would love to see is an Indian restaurant in town! But if they are sticking with Italian there, I hope that they at least keep that wood burning pizza thing going.

  2. Whats the point?

    The place is closed and NOW you want to review it?

    What next?

    Predictions about the 2008 elections?

    By the way, the place had very good food, particulary the wood fired pizza.

  3. I was at Muberry once a few years ago. I didn’t think it was that great and we have too many Italian places around here already. WAY too many. We do need a seafood place, or good Indian.

    I can’t understand why Coastal Grill changed… George Martin really messed up on that one. I mean, the new places are fine (Grill Fire & Tuscan Grill-whatever), but they just seem like the same place.

  4. I like both those restaurants, but I feel like Coastal Grill and Nick Di’angleos offered more variety. sorry to get off topic…

    I did a google search and it looks like there was a Cafe Picasso in Williston Park, but they’re out of business. I wonder if it’s the same owners.

  5. I didn’t get the idea that he was reviewing the restaurant from reading this article? It opened the discussion for what new restaurant we would like to see in LB. Personally, I think we need a really great seafood place- we are definitely missing that in Long Beach!

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