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Breweries have begun selling baked goods. Restaurants are offering grocery items by converting their otherwise empty dining spaces into mini-markets.
In these weird times, restaurants and bars—having been closed or limited due to the spread of coronavirus—and their owners are adjusting to a new reality by pivoting to meet the needs of customers.
Here is a list of places currently offering market items.
210 E. Third St.; 562-491-2100 in Downtown Long Beach
In Downtown, Michael’s owner Carl Dene is converting the entire restaurant space into Giuseppe’s Family Market, an ode to Chef Giuseppe Musso, who heads their kitchen.
Handmade pastas, housemade sauces, meats, cheeses, wine, and even toilet paper will be offered at the market.
“Basically, we’re doing everything we can to not only support our staff but to support a local community from having to stand 45 minutes to an hour in line outside the grocery store only to go in and find out that they can’t get anything,” Dene said.
Long Beach Beer Lab
518 W. Willow St.; 562-270-3253 in Wrigley
Long Beach Beer Lab owner Levi Fried and his wife Harmony Sage describe their brewery-meets-bakery as being “a fortunate existence” because, while being able to provide baked goods and even fermented products, they also have bulk access to a ton of the basics: milk, eggs, flour, sugar and grains like rice.
“We were approached by our distributor and rep—whom we’ve worked with for years now; he lives in Wrigley—and he told us that they had these items and we could provide it to the community,” Fried said.
After talks with Councilman Roberto Uranga’s office to receive legal confirmation they could move forward, she said the Long Beach Beer Lab taproom has become a full-fledged convenience grocer. The result? Sage continues to sling out pizzas and bread while also being able to provide essential products to the neighborhood.
Vino e Cucina
4501 E Carson Street, Suite 105; 562-421-0124
From 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Vino e Cucina will “open their pantry,” in the words of owner Lorenzo Mottola. This means meats, pastas, tomatoes, vino and more.
This tiny space is particularly special to me: It is the type of place that lacks any sense of pretense. Bright yellow walls meet white tiles and various hung knick-knacks. It reminds of a place my Grandpa Natalino and Mom would enjoy and, more importantly, one they would both cook at.
Mottola and his team make food that isn’t fussy or complicated; it’s simple, straightforward Italian food made great—and their pantry should prove no less.
95 Pine Ave.; 562-983-1776 in Downtown Long Beach
After owner and chef Chris Krajacic filleted and gave away 1,000 pounds of fresh fish, he has now turned his attention toward creating a mini-market that will hopefully cater to the the needs of the community.
Lola’s Mexican Cuisine.
Owners Brenda Riviera and Luis Navarro have long been community champions—and this time is no exception. For a full look into what they are offering, click here.
237 Long Beach Blvd.; 562-436-4954
“I know we’re not the only ones doing this which I think is great,” said owner Bobby Hernandez. “Figured the grocery stores aren’t really the best places to practice social distancing right now and they don’t have some basics like eggs and milk. So if we could be a less impacted space with less foot traffic and the ability to keep distance better than grocery stores for everyone, I’m happy to do it.”
Eggs, milks (whole, oat and almond), breads from Crema Cafe, and toilet paper will be available while they have it—and, of course, coffee.
For the offerings and prices, click here
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting Tuesday, Mar. 24.
Rasselbock Kitchen & Beer Garden
4020 Atlantic Ave.; 562-912-4949 in Bixby Knolls
“It’s about the little things right now,” said Bjoern Risse, owner of Rasselbock in Bixby Knolls, orienting tables covered with eggs, pasta, milk and sparkling water.
“I’m just trying to use our long-term relationship with our vendors to secure items that might be hard to come by for others in our neighborhood. We are starting with the basics and seeing what we can do to help.”
Michael’s on Naples
5620 E. Second St.; 562-439-7080 in Naples
Michael’s on Naples is offering an online market where people can purchase handmade pastas, sauces, and more.
“We introduced the small online market over the weekend,” said said General Manager Massimo Aronne. “The wine list is for sale also at 50% off and we are selling negronis and aperol spritzers to go.”
460 Pine Ave.; 562-432-7999 in Downtown
Long Beach’s master chocolatier Romeo Garcia is also converting his shop into a mini-market beginning Wednesday, Mar. 26 from noon to 5 p.m. and then fully the week after from Wednesday through Sunday during the same hours. You can always, of course, pick up dessert and wine as well.
Pantry will include eggs, flour, sugar, tomato sauce, produce, cheese, charcuterie, toilet paper, beer, wine bottles to go and chocolates.
The Firkin Pub & Grill
3411 E. Broadway; 562-433-3769 in Belmont Heights
“We are filling a reusable market bag with fresh produce, eggs and toilet paper rolls,” said manager and owner Mia Cornelius. “Happy customer pictured above! The packages are $30 and profits go to a staff fund.”
Sura Korean BBQ & Tofu House
621 Atlantic Ave.; 562-495-7872 in Downtown Long Beach
Owners Brandon and Claire Kim has converted his tiny-but-might tofu house into a market that includes toilet paper, water, eggs, and rice.
“We are also selling jarred kimchi and pickled banchan,” Brandon said.
Primal Alchemy Catering
Primal Alchemy plan on setting up shop and doing pantry items at the Farmers Market every Sunday in Alamitos Bay. Jams, jellies, charcuterie, tapenade, Romesco, and even things like smoked beet hummus—all in addition to their family-of-four meal packs.
“I also love the charity aspect we have going—all of our delivery fees are going to a different charity every month since their big fundraising events have been cancelled so they are hurting,” said co-owner Dana Buchanan. “Children Today is the rest of March and April; Pathways to Independence is May; Rotary Foundation is June. Others to follow include The Guidance Center, CCEJ, and Long Beach Fresh. We plan on making this division of our business permanent.”
The Crooked Duck
5096 E. Pacific Coast Hwy.; 562-494-5118 at Park Estates
Employee Mary McFadden said the location will “have some household items, groceries, and food to-go while still offering delivery.”
76 1/2 62nd Pl.; 562-343-5572 on the Peninsula
“In addition to healthy & sustainable takeout options we are aiding our community by offering groceries, provisions, and sanitation products for purchase,” said owner Mackenzie Hendrix. “We’re offering free delivery for any customer on the Peninsula and $5 delivery in the surrounding 5-mile area. For questions or to place orders, give us a call.”
They’ll be offering everything from toilet paper and plastic gloves to organic Clover milk and meats. For a list of offerings and prices, click here and scroll through their post on Instagram.
233 E. Anaheim St.; 562-308-7722 in Central Long Beach
Trademark Brewing is doing a communal order, where you ask for what you need and they will order it for you. All orders will be taken through this form and pickups will be held at the brewery’s location.
“We have 75 fresh loafs of awesome sourdough bread arriving on Sunday, and we’re putting together a list of other items that are in short supply in stores but available at our wholesalers,” said owner Steffan Sterling. “To participate, please fill out the form and indicate what you need. Bread arrives Sunday; everything else should be Monday or possibly Tuesday. Our supplier told us that eggs are not a problem. Rice, beans, and paper goods are unknown—but we’ll do our best.”
Johnny Rebs’ True South
4663 Long Beach Blvd.; 562-472-2740 in Sutter
The southern food staple has converted its space into a market featuring rolls, hot dog buns, fresh produce, and more.
Hi-lo Liquor Market
707 E. Ocean Blvd., Unit A in Downtown Long Beach
“We do have a lot of market items and more coming every day,” said owner Talmadge Lowe.
Willmore Wine Bar
3848 Atlantic Ave; 562-492-5951 in Willmore
Willmore Wine Bar patrons can not only take their wine and beer to go but now they can shop for necessities, including fresh produce.
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