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Love It or Hate It – Irish Day 2011 is Coming

The bag pipes and Irish limericks.  The dancing, celebrating, and sea of green.  The Long Beach-themed t-shirts.  The fights, the public urination, and the disorderly conduct.  Ah…. Irish Day is in the air.

I love Irish Day.  It’s a great way to see the whole City out, enjoy my Irish heritage – that the rest of you non-Irish get to share in for a day – and enjoy a few adult beverages.  I love the parade and the music.  But, I also don’t pick fights and urinate on private property.  Also, I don’t live in the West End.

Without a doubt though in skimming through some comments, I can see there’s a lot of negativity from West End residents.  I can see that it’s not just blanket negativity for the sake of negativity.  There are great points in there.

I don’t think anyone is against having a great parade that honors the heritage of many of this City’s Irish residents, what’s at issue is the excuse to be drunk and disorderly, and how that effects the residents of that community.

The bar owners love Irish Day because it is such a great hit for business and they have no economic motivation to intentionally irritate their neighbors with out-of-control patrons.  They certainly have to be part of the solution to help mitigate those effects.

West End residents – clearly, this is part case of “not in my backyard,” but even if you don’t live there you should understand their concerns.  And this is just another example of the sort of drama that happened leading into the Quiksilver Pro.  Complaints about rowdiness, fighting, and drinking next to people’s homes, without any real “approval” by each resident.  And of course, West-Enders have had to deal with this for years.

But so there it stands.  Irish Day attracts thousands of revelers in green tees: from families with kids, to those just looking to hit the bars and go wild.  It also attracts great bands and amazing music.  How to balance then the well-founded concerns of the West End residents, with the interests of the bars and restaurants in the area, and the desires of other residents and non-residents who want to just come down and have a good time.

I assume this is what the West End Neighbors Civic Association is all about – and I’m sure they’ve been working hard on it.  I’ve reached out to them to ask (actually, I can’t find an email for them, but the offer stands, Alright, now I found it – thanks commenters.  For future reference it is: info@westendneighbors-longbeach.org)  if they want to have some internet page inches to contribute to the conversation here.  I’ll update if they get back to me.

So:  West Enders, East Enders, “Central” Long Beachers, chime in.  How do we make sure Irish Day is fun for all, but residents are not negatively impacted by the irresponsible types that an event like this is bound to attract?

Irish Day is run by the Ancient Order of Hiberanians and will be held October 2nd, 2o11.  The parade starts at Washington Blvd.

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.”

Summer Review Round-Up (Long Beach Eats and Drinks a Lot)

We’ve spent most of the summer out and about, surfing, running, and beaching – but occasionally found time to eat.  Alright, realistically, we ate a lot.  Long Beach received a bunch of new places this summer so we felt obligated to head down and try them out.  Here’s a summary of this summer’s reviews – in no particular order.

First off, Biddy Mulligan’s.  This new pub on Park Ave had decent food, good atmosphere, and amazing specials.  Now that they’ve been there longer and settled down – any updates from the community?

Barrier Brewing Company:  Long Beach’s own brewery – though located in Oceanside.  A great duo making amazing beer.  Growler fills should be on everyone’s Saturday schedule.

Pop’s Seafood Shack & Grill:  Without a doubt, one of the most contentious reviews and most heavily commented articles on this site.  People love it, people hate it.  Jersey Shore on the bay of Island Park or the perfect complement to this City’s nightlife and eating choices?

Jake’s Wayback Burgers:  Our latest review from our newest contributor.  “Everything was decent” – though they don’t have bacon!

Bahia Social Club: This trendy tapas spot takes over the dingy Tiki Bar.  Some were up in arms that I considered it expensive.  Now that it sounds like every reader of this blog has gone – what do you think?

John Henry’s:  Though packaged as a wing throwdown, John Henry’s shined as the winner of the best wings in Long Beach

JAX Tacos and Dogs @ Sugo: Anthony went down to Sugo – the seller of so many different kinds of food that I’ve lost count.  The Tacos?  Amazing though!

Bahia Social Club (Tasty Tapas, a bit pricey)

Bahia (say it with me [ba-HE-a]) Social Club is a newer spot to come into the West End at 832 W Beech St.  Bahia, meaning bay in Spanish, is described as a “Tapas Style Brazilian Cuisine & Social Club,” and I found the food good, but the bill high.  More impressions follow below.

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