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 previously occupied by Tavern on 2 in Belmont Shore.

Owners Dena Jones and Brent Scheiber announced the change of operations this week—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—and told the Post that they hope to be open within the coming months, specifically aiming for mid-May.

“We are doing a full renovation of the entire restaurant, building a bar and redesigning the kitchen,” Jones said. “[The former owners] had a lot of issues with the health department so we will be openly and frankly addressing all issues and bringing everything up to code.”

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.

Facing health concerns and suspension of LLC license, Tavern on 2 in Belmont Shore closes indefinitely

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; taking 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.

“We are developing our menu with an emphasis 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 will be 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.