Long Beach Tap House opens next week in Belmont Shore (alcoholic shakes included)

The Long Beach Tap House, a new concept from the original owner of the Five O’Clock Wine Bar in Alamitos Bay Landing, will take over the space formerly occupied by Tavern on 2 and open to the public, Thursday, Aug. 22.

Owners Dena Jones and Brent Scheiber announced the change of operations earlier this year, a much-needed ray of sunshine after a year which saw everything from a venerable watering hole to Babette’s Feast close up shop in the Shore.

Tavern on 2, closed indefinitely in September of 2018, faced an uphill battle with both public perception and the health department. In May of 2018, the restaurant was slapped with an assortment of violations, including a vermin infestation with animal droppings “too numerous to count,” according to the health report. On top of this, the restaurant’s LLC license had been suspended, according to California’s Secretary of State website.

Jones expects to turn the negativity surrounding the former tenant around with Long Beach Tap House which will feature 30 craft beers as well as eight wines on tap and take advantage of the full liquor license Tavern on 2 had but never built out a bar to accommodate. The Tap House will use that license beyond a cocktail menu with plans to create a “Sweet Temptations” dessert menu rife with alcohol-infused shakes.

“Our menu focuses on comfort food, specifically burgers,” Jones said. “And we mean all kinds of burgers that you can build. Vegetarian. Vegan. Gluten-free. Classic beef burgers… We want everyone to feel welcomed to choose different patties and toppings to create a burger that fits their dietary needs.”

That menu will be headed by Chef Matt Vailette who previously worked under Executive Chef Michael Rossi at his much-lauded Orange County restaurant, The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon.

“I used to frequent Tavern on 2—probably too much—when I lived in Belmont Shore and in all honesty, I was sad to see them shut down,” Jones said. “Belmont Shore is a great area with a great vibe and we are excited to be a part of the community. The restaurant certainly needs some TLC and we are going to bring a fun, laid back and quality concept to Second Street.”

Long Beach Tap House is located at 5110 E. Second St.

Brian Addison is a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post. Reach him at [email protected] or on social media at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.

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Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 16 nominations and two additional wins for Best Political Commentary for his work at KCET and Best Blog for Longbeachize, a section of the Long Beach Post. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.