Azúcar Caribbean Restaurant, at 1169 E. 10th St., near Orange, recently opened. Owner Abby Marin has furnished most of the trendy restaurant by recycling and up-cycling mirrors, chairs and other decorative items. She spray painted, reconfigured and designed the entire interior, with the help of some top artists who drew murals to enhance the decor.
The restaurant’s entrees have a strong focus on Cuban cuisine. Some of the popular entrees include Cuban Paella, Empanadas, Churrasco, Lemon Caper Sea Bass, Pollo a La Plancha, and Dutch Baby Crepes. The beer and wine menu includes house-made Hibiscus Sangria.
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Urban Plates at 2ND & PCH has teamed up with skateboarding legend and 13-time X Games gold medalist Nyjah Huston on a signature dish designed to inspire diners to “get the most out of themselves,” featuring a special Nyjah Bowl.
The bowl, served with fried cauliflower rice and topped with microgreens, features grilled chicken, roasted sweet potatoes, grilled red bell peppers, and onions.
A new eatery will open in the Pike Outlets this fall. Restaurant Kalaveras will occupy the space where Broken Drum used to be on Pine Avenue. The chain has 12 restaurants in California that serve classic Mexican food and craft cocktails.
Founded in Long Beach in 1907, Farmers & Merchants Bank recently partnered with Harbor Interfaith Services, Inc. and Excelerate Housing Group to secure $1 million in grants to expand access to affordable housing.
Locally, the grant funding will transform a commercial office building into a modern 77-unit apartment building for previously unhoused individuals and low-income families.
The reinvented building at 3590 E. Pacific Coast Highway is called the 26 Point 2 Project. It is named after the distance of a marathon to represent the strength of persevering through obstacles. The project also contributes to the environmental health of the community by restoring an abandoned oil well on the property.
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