South Bay News

Apollo Landing Set to Open Fall 2017

June 20, 2017

Apollo Landing 2Continental Development Corporation announces Apollo Landing, a new three building complex on the Rosecrans corridor that will include six new full-service and fast-casual restaurants. The 13,500 square foot property located at 2171-2191 Rosecrans Avenue in El Segundo is nearly 100 percent leased and is scheduled to open this fall.

“We are excited to introduce additional dining options that will serve companies located in Continental Park and provide even more great choices for the residents in El Segundo, Manhattan Beach and the surrounding cities,” said Richard Lundquist, President of Continental Development Corporation.

Roman Aroma Gran Café to Celebrate Grand Opening

June 13, 2017

_6027 aRoman Aroma Gran Café opened a year ago and has been serving some of the most authentic Italian food, pastries and coffee drinks to be found anywhere in the South Bay.

As if this charming café didn’t already have enough to offer, they’ve just announced they are now serving beer and wine!

Mamma Mia, la vita e’ bella!

To mark the occasion, they’ll be celebrating with a Grand Opening this Father’s Day weekend, Saturday June 17 and Sunday June 18, with 25% off all alcohol purchases.

CA 101 Art Exhibition: Artisan Wine Tasting Recap

June 8, 2017

FullSizeRender 2The Opening Night Reception for the 2017 CA 101 Art Exhibition: It Takes a Village, took place on Friday, June 2, in the former Denee’s location on Avenue I in Riviera Village, Redondo Beach.

Presented by Friends of Redondo Beach Arts, this exhibition has quickly become one of the foremost art events in the South Bay. Opening Night was an absolute crush, drawing not only featured artists and art patrons, but shop owners, politicians, families, tourists, students, professionals, media and more.

Riviera Village was reminiscent of Times Square on New Year’s Eve (okay, I’m exaggerating just a bit!) with throngs of people descending on Avenue I…. not something you normally see in the Riv!

This sixth annual juried show features 137 contemporary artists in the gallery and 56 artists in the gift shop, with artists hailing from all over the state sharing their creative impressions of life today in California. It should come as no surprise, our insanely talented local artists are well represented!

Into The Wild Blue Yonder – A T6 Texan Flight Experience @ WMoF

May 21, 2017

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe South Bay offers an abundance of both natural and manufactured recreations for residents and visitors, but no discussion of the area would be complete without mentioning the remarkable chronicles of those magnificent men and their flying machines.

Aviation is an integral component in the history of the South Bay. During and after World War II, the South Bay became home and headquarters to the aerospace industry with all the key players landing here. While the local aviation industry has experienced vast changes and trials over the decades, the relationship is fundamental to the local zeitgeist.

Located in Torrance, the Western Museum of Flight is a non-profit, educational institution dedicated to preserving and displaying aircraft history and artifacts of Southern California’s aviation heritage.

GLAMSQUAD Launches in the South Bay

May 11, 2017

_3677GLAMSQUAD, the premier on demand beauty services company, launched its in-home hair, makeup and nail services in the South Bay beginning in April 2017.

The company, currently in NYC, Los Angeles, Miami, Washington DC, and now the South Bay, believes in empowering women by offering beauty services that are customized to their individual needs, anytime, anywhere. South Bay residents can now easily book GLAMSQUAD’s hand-selected and rigorously vetted professionals for a full VIP experience.

Bettolino Kitchen Offers Cooking Classes

May 5, 2017

bettolino-exteriorOne of the newest additions to the South Bay dining scene, Bettolino Kitchen is a family-owned restaurant in the South Bay with four generations of Italian restaurateurs.

Owners Andreanna Liguore, Sean Liguore, and Vince Giuliano wanted to add a modern twist to their restaurant’s ambiance and carefully crafted menu since their parents’ and great-grandparents’ restaurants serve traditional Italian cuisine. Their great-grandparents opened Giuliano’s Deli, while their parents started Gaetano’s, both Italian stalwarts of the South Bay.

Bettolino Kitchen delivers strong with homemade pastas and fresh takes on Italian classics, including duck breast risotto and braised veal cheeks.

South Bay Lakers New Brand

April 19, 2017

South Bay LakersThe Los Angeles D-Fenders today unveiled the brand marks for the South Bay Lakers, the future minor league affiliate of the Los Angeles Lakers, featuring primary and secondary emblems. The D-Fenders rebrand will follow the conclusion of the 2016-17 NBA Development League season.

The new primary emblem is inspired by the classic logo of the team’s parent club. It has been reimagined to incorporate the oceanfront views of the region while “South Bay” is adorned across the top, adding subtle but unique twists to the timeless look of one of the NBA’s most prominent brands.

Each of the team’s new marks have been designed to further increase the synchronization between the South Bay Lakers and their parent franchise, while also honoring the community that has been home to the D-League affiliate for more than a decade.

South Bay Car Shows – Guest Post by Jason Mueller

April 17, 2018

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe following is a Guest Post written by Jason Mueller featuring the most popular car shows in the South Bay listed by city. Enjoy!

When it comes to car shows, there is no doubt the Southland hosts some of the best shows in the country, and the South Bay is the hub of the Southern California car culture!

Car show season is about to get underway, so whether you live near or far, when you want to see some of the most beautiful, unique, rare cars on the west coast, you will definitely want to check out these great shows.

Bettolino Kitchen Gives Back

April 6, 2017

bettolino-exterior 2Being a part of the South Bay community means showing your love and support for non-profit organizations that give back; Bettolino Kitchen does just that. Owners Vince Giuliano, Sean Liguore, and Andreanna Giuliano-Liguore have implemented a creative way to give back by allowing their employees to donate time to organizations that resonate the essence of what their restaurant stands for.

Bettolino donates an hourly wage of $10 to any employee who volunteers for a local charity, up to $100 a year. Once an employee has completed their volunteer hours, Bettolino will write a check in their employee’s name to donate to a charity of their choice.

Fill The Pool Fundraiser

April 4, 2017

Fill the PoolSouth Bay Sports, Health and Recreation announced today that the El Segundo Aquatics Center is kicking off the Fill the Pool spring community fundraising initiative to raise $500,000 towards the completion of the world-class facility.

The three-week fundraiser will run from April 4 until April 24, and proceeds are part of the effort to help raise the final $3 million still needed for the project. The facility is scheduled to break ground on Thursday, April 27, where the total from the Fill the Pool fundraiser will be announced.

Lucille’s Smokehouse & BBQ New Brunch Menu

March 28, 2017

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI was recently invited to Lucille’s Smokehouse & BBQ at Del Amo to sample the new Brunch Menu.

Anyone familiar with my website already knows I’m a big fan of Lucille’s. I’ve dined there regularly since they opened for business and I always bring visiting family and friends in for a meal.

The substantial menu offers something for everyone, the portions are generous, the quality is consistent, the staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and it’s just a really fun place to eat.

While the menu occasionally features new or seasonal items, I couldn’t imagine the food getting any better. Boy, was I wrong. The brunch dishes I sampled were extraordinary and there is something for every taste profile.

Killer Shrimp @ The Mermaid

March 8, 2017

killer shrimpI was recently invited to sample the new Killer Shrimp menu now available at The Mermaid in Hermosa Beach.

Killer Shrimp’s lease at their location on Pier Avenue came up for renewal last year, but instead of renewing the lease, the owners decided to combine two of their holdings, bringing the Killer Shrimp menu to the historic Mermaid property located on The Strand.

Some longtime South Bay locals will recall the Killer Shrimp location in the Redondo Shores shopping center about 20 or 25 years ago. There were a few other locations in Southern Cal at that time (Studio City, Marina Del Rey) and they were renowned for their signature Killer Shrimp dish – a large bowl filled with whole shrimp swimming in a rich, spicy broth, served with plenty of French bread to sop up all that savory goodness.

Shade Hotel Offers Locals Only Rate

February 15, 2017

Shade RB 6Shade, the new luxury waterfront boutique hotel in Redondo Beach, announced today the launch of their ‘Locals Only’ room rate for South Bay residents looking for the perfect seaside staycation experience.

South Bay residents can book one of the serene, luxurious guest rooms from now until March 31, starting at $199 and will also receive a $50 credit to Sea Level Restaurant and Lounge, the contemporary waterfront dining destination located on the grounds of the hotel.

Shade hotel’s ‘Locals Only’ rate entices neighbors to indulge themselves in a luxurious coastal escape, complete with first class amenities and opulent accommodations at an unparalleled value, without the hassle of traveling a long distance.

A Basque Dining Adventure

February, 7, 2017

_8391I was recently invited to sample the menu at A Basq Kitchen. Located on the International Boardwalk in Redondo Beach Marina, it has been one of the hottest destinations in the South Bay for the last year.

I’ve already attended several events at this restaurant – Chamber mixers; the one year anniversary blowout; and I would pop in during bike rides. I’ve sampled a few cocktails and noshed on appetizers but I had yet to have a sit down meal.

But before I continue, a little history…..

The rental units along the International Boardwalk were originally intended for boat and marine-centric storage. For whatever reason, that never took hold, and the spaces were eventually leased to a variety of businesses.

Catalina Kitchen Reopens

February 6, 2017

Catalina Kitchen 2Terranea Resort announces the reopening of Catalina Kitchen. The new restaurant features redesigned interior and exteriors and food and beverage menus, and offers guests an overall enhanced dining experience centered on quality ingredients, thoughtfully crafted dishes and sincere hospitality.

Chef de Cuisine David Tarrin’s menu is both broadly appealing and adventurous, with rustic plates that showcase local ingredients and an attention to sustainability.

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