Photos and renderings courtesy of SteelCraft. Howard CDM and SteelCraft are finalizing the design with Studio One Eleven and Turpin Design Group. The 12,500-square-foot development will include 14 containers and approximately 400 seats.
Long Beach’s SteelCraft concept is gaining popularity with its Garden Grove and Bellflower locations in progress, so it’s worth noting the tenants announced for the Bellflower version include local ice cream maker Long Beach Creamery and Signal Hill-based Ten Mile Brewing.
Nine tenants, seven announced at the groundbreaking ceremony in May, will be setting up shop, according to developer Howard CDM, whose media contact Julia Lemke said today they’re still in talks with the last food tenant. Five of the food offerings will also be open to the street in an effort to further activate Bellflower Boulevard.
“I am humbled that so many people attended to share our excitement for the project and welcome the incredible tenants we put our hearts into curating,” said Founder Kimberly Gros in a statement.
The outdoor eatery made of repurposed shipping containers is expected to open late this year, according to the announcement.
Food tenants will include Lakewood-based Cassidy’s Corner, which offers morning meals in the form of homemade bagels, bagel bites, acai bowls and more; the brainchild of Neal Fraser, Redbird’s award-winning chef, Fritzi Coop offers brined chicken fried or grilled, sandwiches, wings, bites and salads; and Pholanthropy, a Vietnamese joint created by two former trauma center nurses, Vincent Pham and Kim Nguyen, which donates a percentage of all proceeds to a charity.
The Standing Room has its own novel background, with Lowell Bakke first selling homemade burgers out of a tiny space in the back of a Redondo Beach liquor store. Now with a sizeable cult following, Bakke’s small operation has expanded to a brick-and-mortar in Hermosa Beach, with Bellflower set to be its third location.
SteelCraft guests can look forward to devouring The Standing Room’s Napoleon Burger (braised short rib, bacon, caramelized onions, cheddar cheese, smoked gouda, Korean aioli, tomato jam, arugula, truffle parmesan fries and a fried egg), which, fun fact, was used to compete during a cook-off hosted at SteelCraft Long Beach.
To drink, the aforementioned Signal Hill brewery, Ten Mile Brewing, will open a satellite taproom. The father-son duo started a home-brewing operation about a decade ago, named it Ten Mile in 2012 and opened their first location in September 2017.
And Artesia-based, made-to-order coffee roasting company, Solid Coffee Roasters, will offer pour-overs and Nitro Cold Brews (its owners are local residents).
Long Beach Creamery will open its third location at SteelCraft Bellflower. It’s also of note that Ten Mile has recently collaborated with Long Beach Creamery in the form of a beer float, made available June 19 at the experimental ice cream shop’s downtown location.
“SteelCraft is a creative and revolutionary way to provide savory fair to our diverse community. We are looking forward to the energy, creativity and opportunities provided by SteelCraft Bellflower,” stated Bellflower City Manager Jeffrey Stewart.
SteelCraft Bellflower will be located at 16500 Bellflower Blvd. in Bellflower.
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