Following catastrophic fire, Restauration begins re-build with hopes to open soon

After facing a fire that all but burnt down the entire building, Restauration, the Fourth Street bistro and patio owned by Dana Tanner and chef Philip Pretty, is set to reopen no later than Mother’s Day.

“We’re honestly hoping by the end of April or early May—but you know that these type of things never run on a perfect schedule,” Tanner said. “But we will for sure be open by Mother’s Day.”

The return of Restauration is sure to receive a warm Welcome Back from the neighborhood since it will add some much needed air to the small cluster of businesses near Fourth Street and Temple Avenue: Kafe Neo closed up shop to make way for a marijuana dispensary; Do Good Donuts closed after being open for less than a year; and Mr. Makoto, the ramen shop from the folks behind the now-shuttered Seoulmate, was only open for a few months before closing its doors.

Having opened in 2014, Restauration took over a building that had long been mired with unsuccessful restaurants. Since then, it has long held a reputation for upping the city’s food game (and was named by the Post as one of the city’s best restaurants), especially since Tanner took on chef Pretty as its head-of-kitchen.

The pair—Tanner made Pretty a full-time partner in the restaurant shortly after hiring him—made the restaurant boom with creativity, color, and coolness while its community involvement increased, partially because of the pair’s support of urban farming. Restauration has its own plot at Organic Harvest Gardens in North Long Beach, where it procures over half of its produce. Pretty visits three times a week while the garden, in return, visits Restauration twice a week.

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 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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