Long Beach Rooftop Restaurant Sky Room to Close Up Shop April 30 for 2-Year Renovation

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Photo courtesy of the Sky Room.

DTLB rooftop staple The Sky Room has announced it will be closing up shop on April 30 for two years to make way for new additions to the upcoming Breakers renovation as an independent hotel.

(Side note: huge bummer for me because its upstairs bar, known as Cielo, had made both my essential happy hours and essentials tacos list—and was the antithesis to the mediocrity served at Sky Rom. But then again, if the group behind the renovation project known as Pacific 6 do what they plan to do on the scale they plan to do it, we might even score something more spectacular.)

Owned and operated by father and son team Bernard and Jonathan Rosenson since 1998, shortly after Bernard acquired the Breakers building, the Sky Room has been a Breakers staple—in and out occasionally due to ownership changes—since it originally opened in 1946.

Plans call for Pacific 6 to re-open the restaurant under possible new ownership, which could only benefit the space given its lackluster food service for the past decade.

The closure was announced via an optimistic email sent out by the Rosensons, including tidbits about their future restaurant endeavors in San Francisco and Calabasas.

It reads as follows:

Dear Sky Room Patrons and Friends,

After 21 years of ownership, we are relinquishing ownership of the Breakers Building, The Sky Room restaurant, and Cielo to a company called Pacific 6- a business partnership comprised of locally-focused people. Their intent is to convert the entire building back into a grand hotel (its original iteration) with multiple restaurants and bars.

After having given our all toward reviving the glorious past of all of the spaces in the building, emphasizing grandeur, great food and service, and plenty of music and dancing, we leave Long Beach and the building in the capable hands of Pacific 6 to carry on this storied establishment’s already long legacy for many years to come. We will miss the restaurant, the rooftop view, our beloved guests, the City of Long Beach, and the unparalleled, dedicated staff we’ve belen lucky enough to have.

With any end always comes a new beginning, and we’re happy to say that we are now the proud owners of Chateau Sureau in Oakhurst, and The Mansion on Sutter in San Francisco (Early Summer 2018), Ampersand Restaurant in Calabasas (opening Fall 2018), as well as the continued proprietors at The Mirabelle Inn/First & Oak in the Santa Ynez Valley. We welcome you to visit us at any of our new ventures in the future and wish to thank everyone for their support over the past decades. We leave The Sky Room and Cielo on a high note, and are beyond grateful to have been given the opportunity to share in your celebrations, dinner plans, and unforgettable moments.

Our best wishes to all,

The Rosensons

To view the au revoir menu, click here.

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Brian Addison has been a writer, editor and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food to politics to urban transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 12 nominations and an additional win for Best Political Commentary. Born in Big Bear, he has lived in Long Beach since college. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.
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