Little Coyote pizza officially opens in East Long Beach

The popular Retro Row pizza place, Little Coyote, is officially opening its second location in East Long Beach Wednesday, according to an announcement made on the business’s Instagram account.

Owners Jack Leahy and Jonathan Strader had hoped to open earlier this year, saying in April that they were targeting June 1 as their grand opening, but Wednesday’s opening gives the business partners a much more symmetrical business anniversary.

“It is exactly 444 days after our opening on 4th Street,” the post said. “To look back on what we have accomplished and the support from the local community we are beyond grateful.”

A screenshot of the Little Coyote Instagram post announcing the opening of their second location.

The East Long Beach location at 3500 Los Coyotes Diagonal has a much larger footprint than the Retro Row location and is capable of seating about 80 customers on its patio. The 1,900 square-foot building also provides Leahy and Strader with a much larger kitchen.

“Hopefully, this new location will be a bit more community and family oriented, a bit more like an old-fashioned pizza parlor,” Strader told the Post in April, noting that the Fourth Street location, with little room for diners, is more of a “grab-a-pizza-and-go” place.

Starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday the East Long Beach community can begin patronizing its new pizza parlor.

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Jason Ruiz has been covering City Hall for the Post for nearly a decade. A Long Beach resident, Ruiz graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a degree in journalism. He and his wife Kristina and, most importantly, their dog Mango, live in Long Beach. He is a particularly avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys and the UCLA Bruins, which is why he sometimes comes to work after the weekend in a grumpy mood.