With the closing of Lasher’s Kitchen in Belmont Shore—one of several over the past year—the area once known as Long Beach’s prime destination is now facing an identity crisis as other neighborhoods like Retro Row and Downtown flourish.

Sarah Bennett and Brian Addison sit down with veteran Chef Raquel ‘Roq’ Jubran, who has not only been the chef at both Lasher locations but has also proved to be one of the most resilient people in Long Beach’s ever-changing food scene.

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