The Long Beach Patch is reporting that Avenue Café Abruptly Shuts Its Doors [that’s the name of the article, so click that link to read the full story]. These are the same owners who did the same thing with short-lived bakery Everything Delicious, which closed after a month of operation last year [read – EVERYTHING DELICIOUS (And out of Business)].
I did a review of Avenue Café back in March 2011 and actually liked the place at the time, but my opinion has since changed and haven’t been back there in over a year.
As far as I’m concerned, Avenue Café (20 West Park Avenue) had two major problems:
- It was too big, yet didn’t have not enough seats for it’s size. Nobody wanted to sit upstairs and the bar area took up too much room.
- The menu was ridiculously large and confusing.
Here is my recommendation for any future café owners who wish to take that space with the same use: Go to Paninis and Bikinis (896 West Beech Street) in the West End and copy & paste. End of story.
Related Post: March 8th, 2011 Avenue Café – REVIEW (formerly Monterey [formerly Corbin & Reynolds])
Groupon has a great deal for the Avenue Cafe on Park Ave today.
– For only $7, you get $15 worth of breakfast or lunch fare
– For $15, you get $35 worth of dinner fare
I’ve not been there yet (it always just seemed like a diner to me), but at such a steep discount, I will most certainly be stopping in for a visit. Anthony checked it out a few times already and you can read about it here.
You can check out the deal here which will be up for two days.
1. Red Mango is coming to 32 E. Park Ave.
Do we have room for another yogurt place? Everybody (including me) loves Tutti Frutti (28 West Park Ave). We love that place so much that we completely ignored Krazy Kiwi (151 E Park Ave ), which is now out-of-business. So here comes Red Mango, which according to it’s website will be a self-serve joint.
2. Cuban Crocodile, a new Cuban Restaurant will be opening very soon – in as little as two weeks. They are taking the former Ay Caramba Bar & Grill space @ 26 East Park Ave. (Please note: Ay Caramba @ 6 W Park Ave is still open. Yep, there were two.) Welcome to the neighborhood Cuban food!
3. Remember that short-lived bakery/coffee/ice cream place EVERYTHING DELICIOUS? I just noticed that they still exist, but at their parent-restarant Avenue Cafe. Makes sense, who wants to pay two rents by selling the same product on the same block? (see Ay Caramba above) Still no word on the former-Everything Delicious location.
So I went to Avenue Café (20 West Park Avenue ) this past Saturday night. It opened the previous weekend, but I like to wait a week before I try a new place. You need to let the dust wash off the pans. The previous-joint Monterey, which I reviewed a few times (one & two) was just a disaster & the Monterey-Hell’s Kitchen make-over didn’t make it any better. While I appreciated the organic menu, it lacked identity and taste – and all with a high price. So when I heard that Monterey closed, I wasn’t surprised. Now we have Avenue Café. How was it? Well, to sum it all up, it’s basically a glorified diner and I am perfectly fine with that.
When I go to a diner, I’m automatically in the mood for breakfast, no matter what time it is. So I ordered a Spanish Omelet which came with a spicy tomato sauce. It was delicious. A little pricey, but delicious. Not greasy and they used real eggs. I’ve been to some diners that don’t (sad, but true). The coffee, which is one of the most important aspects of a diner, was great too. I drink my coffee black with no sugar, so I am a coffee snob; good coffee is very important to me. My wife ordered minestrone soup and a chicken & veggie dish – all delicious.
The decor seems to be the same as the previous joint-Monterey and it should – they spent a fortune on it. It would of been a total waste of $ on a full-makeover. Some of the colors might be different, but I can’t really tell when they’re washed out. Nothing bold, just safe and typical. The place was crowded. We got there around 7:15pm and had to wait around 30 minutes before we were seated.
I, for one, welcome our new glorified diner to Long Beach. I will gladly pay the dollar or two more for a better meal than what is offered at other similar places. Just don’t go there expecting a fancy meal. We have enough places in Long Beach for that. This place is more affordable than Monterey and feels more fitted for our community. The sign outside says 24/7 which is freakin’ awesome. This town needs a place to go to at 3am when you are drunk and in the mood for cheezy fries and gravy. Not sure how long the 24/7 will last, but the location is perfect, the food is great and it steps up the game as far as diners go in a town already crowded with diners.
- FOOD: Great
- DECOR: A diner in Monterey-clothing
- SERVICE: Typical Diner service: Old men wearing black pants, white shirts and black ties. Diner-professional.
- PRICE: A few bucks more than your normal diner, but I think it’s worth it.
Side note: The owners of Avenue Cafe are actually the same people that owned Ocean Park Diner– which I am hearing will be converted into a bakery / ice cream shop. Not sure when and if that will happen. Can somebody place confirm that for me?