Open on the northwest corner of Pine Avenue and Ocean Boulevard since 1997, Rock Bottom Brewery’s Downtown Long Beach location will permanently close its doors, according to sources associated with the location.
The announcement marks the first major closure of a restaurant during the COVID pandemic, shuttering one of the city’s most prominent restaurants in Downtown, one that simultaneously caters to conventioneers and locals in the Landmark Square building.
CraftWorks Holdings, the company that oversees the Rock Bottom locations nationwide, along with management, was contacted and told the local business will be getting rid of product—including the selling off of its brewing equipment, a much sought-after commodity throughout the state, according to sources who did not want to go on record because they were not authorized to speak.
CraftWorks has been in financial trouble since early March of this year, filing for bankruptcy and closing locations in New York, Virginia, Maryland, California, Arizona, Texas, Idaho, Hawaii, Mississippi and Washington, D.C.
The financial impact on restaurants from the loss of dine-in service, conventions, retail and shopping and tourism has been substantial. Some establishments, such as George’s Greek Cafe, have pushed forward with delivery service, while others, like Bo-beau, have opted to remain closed. Whether others will announce they are shutting doors permanently remains to be seen.
CraftWorks Holdings, which mainly owns brewpubs popular along the East Coast, did not return a call for comment.
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