Long Beach Foodie Update: Metta World Peace’s Coffee Meets Advocacy; Beer Fest to Offer Pours at Historic Rancho

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Rendering courtesy of MHA.

After years of controversy and struggle, a long-anticipated Mental Health America (MHA) facility, bringing a federally-qualified health clinic that will provide free and low-cost services to neighborhood residents, will come to fruition when it breaks ground in Central Long Beach on September 22.

And they will also be bringing a coffeeshop with them.

Dubbed Third Wave Coffee, it is backed by Lakers giant Metta World Peace—who will be on hand for the groundbreaking—and will be operated by Alex Kaginaris and Charles Lew.

“I look forward to MHA providing service, education, advocacy, and training for our Long Beach residents who suffer from mental illness, and we know they are going to honor the good neighbor
agreement by protecting the surrounding neighborhoods,” said Councilmember Dee Andrews.
“Metta World Peace’s Third Wave Coffee brand is expected to provide employment opportunities for Sixth District residents and clients of MHA while adding a much needed amenity for our community, which includes the use of a community room.”

Third Wave will also act as a market in South Wrigley, bringing in a health-oriented eatery concept comprising of take-out options, juicing stations, and coffee, according to Lew.

Groundbreaking will take place at the future location, 1955 Long Beach Blvd., at 10AM on September 22.

Above: Rancho Los Cerritos. Photo by Brian Addison.

Long Beach’s next beer festive, Craft Beer LB Fest, will be invading the historic Rancho Los Cerritos for a family-friendly event that will feature stuff for the kids and pours for the adults on September 23.

Featured breweries include:

  • Ballast Point
  • Beachwood Brewing
  • Belmont Brewing
  • Congregation Ales
  • Hog Canyon Brewing Co.
  • Dutch’s Brewhouse
  • Liberation Brewing Co.
  • Long Beach Beer Lab
  • Rock Bottom
  • Smog City
  • Ten Mile Brewing
  • Timeless Pints

Kids under 15 are free and general admission tickets are $20 while VIP will cost you $40. For more information, 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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