Seal Beach Backyard
The Backyard, a new California comfort food restaurant serving lunch and dinner, has opened in Seal Beach on Main Street. Anthony Koh, owner, and Sharbel Adeyemi, executive chef, are the creative team behind Messhall Kitchen, a popular Los Feliz restaurant. They say they chose Seal Beach for their second location, citing the “positive community vibe.”
“A backyard should be just that — a backyard,” Ko said in the release. “We want guests to feel like they’re walking into a loved one’s home and enjoy that comfortable, relaxed feel.”
Chef Adaimi’s menu includes many American classics, including a crispy chicken sandwich served on a house-made biscuit, lobster rolls, and an open-faced three-tip Santa Maria sandwich.
The Backyard is open noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday at 136 Main St. Details: thebackyardsb.com/ Instagram: @thebackyardsb
Is there an echo?
Ecco’s Pizza is becoming District 4 Pizza. Owner Ian Moston of the famous Kennedy’s Craft Kitchen has begun the renovation process, and he said in a text that they hope to open in early 2023.
Chef Ryan McIntyre has already started working on menu items for the family-run Los Altos pizzeria.
Best in the West
The Port of Long Beach, the nation’s second-busiest port, has been awarded the top honor as North America’s Best West Coast Seaport by shipping publication Asia Cargo News. The port handles $200 billion in trade annually, supporting more than 575,000 jobs in Southern California.
“To be named the West Coast’s Best Seaport in North America for the fourth time is a fantastic honor,” Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero said in a release. “I would like to thank our quayside workforce and industry stakeholders who work around the clock to keep cargo moving in an environmentally friendly way.”
“We would like to thank Asia Cargo News and its readers for the award; it is an honor to be recognized and we are proud to continue to be a satisfied supply chain partner while remaining committed to environmental sustainability,” Harbor Commission President Sharon L. Weissman said in the same release.
Not Kansas anymore
Last November, Long Beach entrepreneur Ryan Chura opened a boutique creative agency and called it Dorothy. The title comes from his “love of The Wizard of Oz and how Dorothy, through heart, mind and courage, guides people to find their best selves,” according to a social media post.
His team is currently working with Mobil 1 to transport a giant statue of the Silencer Man along Route 66 and plans to enter the Guinness Book of World Records three times along the way.
The first record – “The most milkshake flavors in the world” by creating 266 different flavors – has already been achieved. Mobil1 is sponsoring two more Guinness World Record breaking events on Route 66: the World’s Largest Corn Dog on September 24 at the Clown Dog in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the World’s Largest Dog Drive In on October 9 in Litchfield, Illinois at Litchfield Skyview Drive In.
The events aim to collect 66,000 signatures in support of Route 66 small businesses by promoting the campaign to designate the route as a National Historic Trail. To sign the petition, go to www.keep66kickin.com.
Tiki Taco Tuesdays
Bamboo Club on Anaheim Street has added four new tacos to its menu, and they’re only available on Tuesdays. All are served à la carte on corn fritters and start at $2.50 each. The tacos are vegan homemade soy sauce, vegetarian cheesy mashed potatoes, tempura grouper and glazed pork belly.