Circa to Close; Simms Restaurants to Open New Concept in the Space
Sep 26, 2014 09:41AM
● Published by DigMB Staff
In a deal he says "made a lot of sense," Mike Zislis has reached agreement with Mike Simms, the South Bay's other most notable restaurateur, to close Circa
in downtown Manhattan Beach so that Simms can open a new restaurant concept in the space.
“Circa was not for sale,” said Zislis. “However, Michael Simms approached me with a strong offer and an exciting new concept that will be a great addition to the Manhattan Beach dining community. The space that Circa occupies is the right location for this project."
The 100-seat Circa, a collaboration between Zislis, notable mixologists Julian Cox and Josh Goldman, along with Operating Partner Luis Villaneda, will close on Sunday, October 12.
Simms' new concept is targeted for a mid-2015 opening in the approximately 5,000-square-foot space located at 903 Manhattan Avenue.
“Michael Zislis and I have a tremendous amount of respect for each other, and we are both dedicated to supporting and celebrating the dining community in Manhattan Beach,” said Simms. “We needed a special space for our new restaurant, and Michael Zislis had just the right location.”
Zislis is also the driving force behind the rapidly expanding Rock & Brews restaurant brand, with KISS front men Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley as co-founding partners. The brand currently has eight locations and is rapidly expanding throughout the United States and Mexico.
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