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Restaurant Week: April 19th to May 5th [Support the Locals!]

Screen Shot 2013-04-17 at 10.07.08 AMCome support local businesses and eat prix fix menus from great local places such as:

Cha-Ba ThaiDuke Falcon’s Global GrillLola’s Kitchen and Wine BarVillaggio Ristorante Sugo, Atlantica (Allegria), La Rioja, Meson Iberia, Serata, Nagahama, Himawari, Geri’s, The Beach House, Lambrous, etc.

I refuse to mention one of the participating restaurants on this site anymore, so if you want the full list, visit the Chamber’s website: thelongbeachchamber.com/restaurant_week. Press release is below.

PRESS RELEASE:

COME CELEBRATE LONG BEACH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE RESTAURANT WEEK!

Friday, April 19, to Sunday, May 5, 2013
Prix Fixe Menus from $19.99*
The Beach Communities of Long Beach, Lido Beach, Point Lookout, Island Park and Atlantic Beach

Participating Restaurants Participating Sponsors
Long Beach, New York – the best place to live in America!

Located in Nassau County, Long Beach boasts a wonderful lifestyle complemented by exceptional community spirit, year round recreational activities, some of the finest quality restaurants in the New York Metro area and a wonderful blend of Boutique Stores and shopping. The Barrier Island consists of the City of Long Beach, Lido Beach, Point Lookout and Atlantic Beach. The City of Long Beach is the county’s largest city, featuring two distinct areas; the East End and the West End, both functioning as separate downtown enclaves.

The city boasts over 60 fine eating establishments featuring an eclectic array of restaurants form American to Asian, Latin to Italian, European to Mediterranean and Sea Food to Indian: Fine Dining Restaurants and Bars and Grills featuring night life and entertainment. Whether it is an elegant night dining, a relaxing night in a casual atmosphere or entertainment, the establishments of Long Beach, Lido Beach, Island Park, Point Lookout and Atlantic Beach offer all of these pleasures. No matter what time of the year these restaurants bring a touch of summer into your life all year with their décor, cuisine and the friendly hospitality of the establishment owners and staff.

The Long Beach Chamber of Commerce is proud to sponsor the Semi Annual RESTAURANT WEEK CELEBRATION from April 19, to May 5, 2013 and get a taste of the wonderful restaurants, the shopping, the beach and atmosphere of the famous Barrier Island. During RESTAURANT WEEK take advantage of the unique tastings the restaurants will be offering with their Prix Fixe menus of $19.99 and under. Whether you’re a first time visitor or a frequent guest we’re sure you will enjoy our restaurant celebration.

The Long Beach Chamber of Commerce Restaurant Committee would like to welcome you to the City By The Sea and vicinity for our RESTAURANT WEEK CELEBRATION of April/May 2013.

For complete information contact the Long Beach Chamber at 516 432-6000.

Chamber of Commerce Welcomes You To Long Beach (In the middle of Long Beach)

(Corner of E Park Avenue & Long Beach Blvd. The sign posts and backside have been painted white since these photos were taken.)

I’ve been pretty hard on the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce lately. One time I accused them of not coming through with their Quiksilver Pro coupon books [read – Missing Coupon Books-by-the-sea? Frustrated Merchants & Chamber of Commerce? Quiksilver Pro coming back? (OH MY!)]. Another time I blogged about them possibly losing whatever power they have due to the Local Develoment Corporation (LDC) coming to town [read – (Opinion) WENCA & LB CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Two organizations about to lose power?]. Yeah, I’ve been pretty hard on the Chamber.

Well, this time I’ll give credit where credit is due. While I do find it odd seeing a ‘welcome sign’ in the middle of Long Beach, I appreciate the effort. Yes, it’s not the classiest sign in the world (it should have been made out of wood), but I like how bright it is. The lighter blue is a nicer touch compared to the dark navy on our other “Long Beach Welcomes You” signs (which are all falling apart, by the way).

So while we sit around scratching on heads trying to figure out what else this group does, at least we have a sign to remind us that they still exist.

And a back view for those who like back views. Of course, it’s gonna be a while before those shrubs grow and hide the ugly backside.

Restaurant Week Continues… (and ends Sunday, April 29th)

I just wanted to remind everybody that the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce sponsored Restaurant Week is still going on. Head over to their website where you will find the complete list of participating restaurants, including: All Good Electric, All Star Real Estate Brokers, Broward Limousine, E. H. Haines Electric, Fire Command Co. Inc., KoKo Fit Club, MacDonald Plumbing & Heating, Mark Tannenbaum, Patch.com, Prudential Douglas Elliman RE/Lorraine Egloff, Raymond Givargis, Servpro of Long Beach/Oceanside, The CYBERNET Place & Z-Best Maintenance Company.

…. ALL PLATE LICKING GOODNESS! YUMMY YUM YUM.

Oh wait.. what? Is that the right list? Anyway, The last day is next Sunday, April 29th.

I went to Duke Falcon’s (36 West Park Ave, Long Beach, NY 11561) this past weekend and had a wonderful prix fixe meal: BBQ Chicken, mashed potatoes, cole slaw, fried onions, beans, salad and key lime pie. DE LI CIOUS! I definitely recommend!

 

 

Restaurant Week Starts this Friday, April 13 through April 29th.

From the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce Website:

The Long Beach Chamber of Commerce is proud to sponsor the Semi Annual RESTAURANT WEEK CELEBRATION from April 13th to April 29th, 2012. Came and get a taste of the wonderful restaurants, the shopping and the boardwalk and atmosphere of the famous Barrier Island. During RESTAURANT WEEK take advantage of the unique tastings the restaurants will be offering with their Prix Fixe menus. Whether you’re a first time visitor or a frequent guest we’re sure you will enjoy our restaurant celebration.

The Long Beach Chamber of Commerce Restaurant Committee would like to welcome you to the City By The Sea for our RESTAURANT WEEK CELEBRATION of April 2012.

Missing Coupon Books-by-the-sea? Frustrated Merchants & Chamber of Commerce? Quiksilver Pro coming back? (OH MY!)

“Where are those damn coupon books?” asked a local merchant* during our phone conversation this past Thursday. She was referring to the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce-sponsored coupon books in which this merchant bought ad space. These books were to be distributed at the Quiksilver Pro early this September. Sprinkle them all over Long Beach during the Quiksilver Pro and you have thousands of potential customers. It sounded like a win-win to me, but wasn’t, since these books were allegedly nowhere to be found.

Let’s start this from the beginning:

This matter was brought to my attention when I asked Quiksilver to design a long Beach-themed shirt for next year’s event. Mark Tannenbaum, Executive Vice President of the Long Beach Chamber Of Commerce got involved with the discussion by writing: “If you want LB shirts contact the chamber of commerce to get that done.” ALS, a local merchant in Long Beach, balked at that idea:

”Go to the Chamber of Commerce to get that done? Are you kidding? It is actually the Chamber that disappointed me the most in the Quiksilver event. The Chamber went door-to-door promoting a coupon book to businesses that they would be responsible for circulating at the various surf events and at the Allegria…..

Did anyone ever see this booklet? I attended several of the events…never saw a booklet.”

Coupon books? As a writer for this blog, I look for anything I can get my hands on. I was at the Quiksilver Pro almost everyday and I didn’t see any of these so-called coupon books. I contacted ALS on the phone to hear what she had to say:

“They (The Chamber of Commerce) asked us to pay $325.00 for a one-sided ad which was going to be printed in 30,000 books. 5,000 were supposed to be distributed at the (LIRR) train station, while the other 25,000 at the Quicksilver Pro event, but they were nowhere to be found. Where are those damn coupon books?….Nobody knows where they ended up.

When asked if any customers came to her store with a coupon from the book she said, “No, how could they? Nobody had them.”  Adding to the fire, another LB retailer contacted me with this little tidbit:

“25,000 books were delivered to the Chamber….but they refused to receive them and told the deliverer to bring them to the surf site.” 

So these books were printed, but somehow got lost between the Chamber of Commerce and the Quiksilver Pro site? Scavenger hunt on National Blvd anybody?

I contacted the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce and got to speak with their President Michael J. Kerr. After telling Mr. Kerr about the missing books and merchant frustration, he said, “The Herald won the bid to print the coupon books. 1,000 were to be sent to the Chamber of Commerce, 5,000 to the Long Beach & Jamaica train stations and the remainder were going to the Allegria Hotel to be distributed by Quiksilver, which was under an agreement with them. They were delivered to the hotel…..We had an agreement and we were acting as co-sponsors or like agents. We anticipated a lot more people, but with the festivals being cancelled last minute, we were in a bind.”

Ok, so now it’s the Allegria’s fault?

When told about Mr. Kerr’s remarks, ALS said, “They’re (The Chamber) the ones that solicited us; walking door-to-door to every store here. Why would it be Quiksilver or the Allegria’s responsibility to distribute them?” Well, she does have a point. I know nothing about this distribution agreement, but The Allegria and Quiksilver had enough on their hands that week. Even if such agreement was in place, the Chamber should have followed up on behalf of the merchants and made sure they were distributed properly.

I could call up Quiksilver & The Allegria and continue this game of cat & mouse, but I won’t. I’m just a person that writes for a blog and not an investigative reporter. It’s unfortunate when a merchant such as ALS invests into a program only to get nothing in return. It’s also a shame that the festivals were cancelled and that the amount of people the Chamber of Commerce expected didn’t materialize. Let’s just hope the Quiksilver pro goes as planned next year and the last-minute chaos of this year goes away. But will there one in Long Beach next year?

I asked Mr. Kerr  about the general feeling amongst posters on this blog how [Chamber Executive VP] Mark Tennanbaum’s public comments might be scaring Quiksilver away from hosting in Long Beach again. Mr Kerr said, “Mark spoke out of frustration, even at the last City Council Meeting. His best interests are with the merchants. We are all disappointed with the canceling of the festivals. We have no control of the weather [Hurricane Irene] and the city council has their reasons. It is what it is……We are currently in talks with Quicksilver about them coming back and we hope they do.”  Well, whether you like them or not, at least the Chamber of Commerce indeed wants the Quiksilver Pro back in Long Beach.

Going back to the coupon books: If anybody knows of their whereabouts or actually received one, please let us know how you got it and where.

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*The merchants that I spoke to wanted their identity revealed. It was my decision to keep them anonymous. I support our local merchants and don’t want anything said in this article to jeopardize their businesses. I will attest that they are actual merchants in long Beach.