Restaurant / Store Updates [April 2013 Edition]

  • Cuban Crocodile (26 E. Park Avenue) closed due to “issues with their landlord.” They did post on their Facebook page: “Taking a little vacation and we will rebuild somewhere else … It’s been a long 6 months.” I wish them luck and hope to see them back in LB soon.
  • The Bungalow (669 E. Park Avenue), which is a great little place in the east end, is opening up Bungalow West at the former-Jake’s Wayback Burger location (945 W. Beech Street). The Bungalow has great burgers (better than Jake’s), a juice bar and I just heard they serve great breakfast sandwiches.
  • 7-11 is coming to the West End. You are all against this, but will unwillingly support it. They are taking over the former Bally Bannon spot (969 W. Beech Street).
  • Muscle Maker Grill, whose website says they serve Great food with your health in mind, is coming to Park Avenue. Look for a grand opening this May (www.musclemakergrill.com).
  • The waffles at Gentle Brew Coffee kicks some serious ass. Seriously.
  • It looks like work resumed at NYSC (265 E. Park Avenue). Will it reopen as a NYSC? They still list Long Beach as a location on their website: mysportsclubs.com/clubsched/nyscclubs.htm.
  • Still no word on Long Beach Cinemas.
  • Karma’s Angel is taking over the old Sweets For Shore spot.
  • The seasonal, bi-weekly Farmer’s Market starts May 1st. Arts in the Plaza will soon follow.
  • M’s Family Restaurant (4160 Austin Blvd) in Island Park finally has a real sign. Well, that’s a good sign!
  • Walmart Supercenter IS NOT coming to the super block, but Peter Luger is.
  • Do not believe any Long Beach rumor that involves Peter Luger.
  • And the newest business in town is FOOT SPA, for all your foot spa needs. You can spot their giant red sign from a mile away.

Anything else? I just did this off the top of my head, so let me know what’s missing.

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27 thoughts on “Restaurant / Store Updates [April 2013 Edition]

  1. I was forced to close the my storefront because of financial issues but am launching a full Pheobe’s boutique website and offering one on one private shopping experience for those that still want Pheobe’s…..Just a call or text to come over and check it out 917-402-4729

  2. Good “sign”. Peter Luger’s. Thanks for the laughs. 🙂

    I really liked the Bungalow on the East End, but rarely go there because of the horrible service. One cook, one server, LONG waits. It’s almost like they want to fail. Hope they improve on the West End.

  3. I know Peter Luger’s is NOT coming, but we really can use a good and reasonable Steak House here in Long Beach, maybe now that the 2 old George Martion locations are available someone might think about that.

  4. Long Beach needs a good upscale Restaurant. There is NO fine dining around here for miles. We desperately need a place with excellent food and service and atmosphere, and big on Steak and Seafood entrees.
    Long Beach used to be the Restaurant Mecca of the South Shore, but it no longer is, Every restaurant out there is either a Pub or a Hamburger joint and most of them do not understand what customer service means.
    I understand the decline in restaurants are partly due to the down economy, but I’m sure that the right place with the right food and service can and would do well here.

    PS The Cuban Crocodile was doomed to fail, they just did not offer the right kind of Cuban food that their patrons wanted, read their reviews on yelp and see.
    M’s Family Restaurant, may try, but he does really offer much else but trying hard.
    Can’t say much about The Bungalow, as I was never there, the atmosphere turns me off.
    And what happened to the Bahia Social Club, I passed it and it looks to me as of they are gone.
    And how about Paninis & Bikinis?
    I also heard that Cha Ba Thai is opening up a branch in the West End.
    And Caffe Laguna has a For Rent sign in the window.

  5. Long Beach needs a good upscale Restaurant. There is NO fine dining around here for miles. We desperately need a place with excellent food and service and atmosphere, and big on Steak and Seafood entrees.
    Long Beach used to be the Restaurant Mecca of the South Shore, but it no longer is, Every restaurant out there is either a Pub or a Hamburger joint and most of them do not understand what customer service means.
    I understand the decline in restaurants are partly due to the down economy, but I’m sure that the right place with the right food and service can and would do well here

  6. Pinup Clothing is alive, well, loaded with great new clothing & temporarily located in the walks (my home!) until right timing and location happen .(in Long Beach, of course!) Call 516-431-1565 for exact location.

  7. Long Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Commercial Real Estate need to step in and stop this! Please! It’s a tough enough sell to attract new stores with a partial resident base – what can we do to help these shops and restaurants get back to business… it’s been 6 months! There are no breaks on rent from building owners. I do not want to see chains and franchises where we had wonderful local shops.

  8. Love Bungalow … their breakfast sandwiches are amazing. The Foot Spa’s sign needs to GO!

    Our Chamber of Commerce is pretty pathetic. Take a look at Hoboken’s Chamber of Commerce and see what they do on a WEEKLY basis, pretty impressive.

  9. Bungalow is one of my favorite places in town, everything on the menu is good. Always on Watch is correct, though, there really isn’t any fine dining in Long Beach. I’ve seen a steady decline in the quality of food around town over the past 5 years.

  10. Alexis Is a Pretty Good Chef When He Wants to Be, the Trouble Is that he doesn’t always want to be, or lat least it seems that way.

  11. Always on Watch said
    “Long Beach needs a good upscale Restaurant. There is NO fine dining around here for miles. We desperately need a place with excellent food and service and atmosphere, and big on Steak and Seafood entrees.”

    You got that right my friend. What happened to Long Beach, it seems as if all the really good places are gone, and all we have left are Burger Joints and Pubs.
    Even some of the mediocre places have gone down hill. Maybe we really DO need a few good upscale Restaurants here.

  12. What?! Didn’t anyone go? Or have a comment? About Chuck Shumer biking in from Brooklyn or Joan Jettt making a cameo. And finally info about Beach admission procedures and costs.

  13. it’s been said before and I’ll say it again, Sugo is the bomb. i guess it’s not ‘fine dining’ but you’d be hard pressed to find better food for your dollar.

    that said, it begins and ends a pitifully short list of high quality restaurants in our fair city. for shame.

  14. over by the jackson hotel i saw tons of boxes for small hotel sizes safes in their dumpster this weekend….glad i dont own a car…just hope my bicycle doesnt get stolen again

  15. I totally agree. We lived in Astoria for a few years before moving back to LB and we are so disappointed in the options for high quality food. A place like LB should be filled with a variety of restaurants and cafes with healthy, fresh, amazing food.

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