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More Outdoor Dining Decks are Underway in Manhattan Beach

Mar 19, 2021 03:24PM ● By Jeanne Fratello

Looking up Manhattan Beach Blvd. from the Manhattan Beach Pier at two new dining decks under construction.

More outdoor dining decks are underway in Manhattan Beach, most notably two large decks at the base of Manhattan Beach Boulevard with views of the Manhattan Beach Pier.

The pierside dining decks, which are currently under construction, will serve patrons of The Strand House, Rock'n Fish, and Brewco.

Jenna Ritter, director of marketing for the Zislis Group, which owns the three restaurants, told DigMB that the hope is that the construction will be finished and the decks will be open for outdoor dining by next Friday, March 26.

Ritter said that the decks would add 32 seats for Rock'N Fish and Brewco. For The Strand House, she said, the Manhattan Beach Blvd. deck would replace the current outdoor deck on Ocean Ave., due to traffic issues.

The new decks west of Ocean Ave. take up ten parking spaces along Manhattan Beach Boulevard.

Carrie Tai, Manhattan Beach's director of community development, told DigMB that the decks are subject to review on a month-to-month basis.

According to Tai, staff members will provide feedback on the decks to the city's COVID-19 Long Term Business Solutions Ad Hoc Committee, which will make the decision about continuing.

"This is similar to all other decks," Tai said. "They are constantly reviewed to ensure a balance between private dining decks and public use needs."

Planning Underway for More Dining Decks

Manhattan Beach City Manager Bruce Moe explained at Tuesday night's City Council meeting that after Manhattan Ave. was briefly shut down to traffic to allow more outdoor dining, city staff had been working with the Downtown Manhattan Beach Business and Professionals Association "to explore additional opportunities for outdoor dining to level the playing field for restaurants that were not able to take advantage of that one [Manhattan Ave.] block."

Moe noted that an outdoor dining deck at Culture Brewing on Manhattan Beach Blvd. (between Morningside Ave. and Highland Ave.) will be coming soon. Construction on that space, which will take up two parking spots, has not yet begun.

Additionally, Manhattan Beach Traffic Engineer Eric Zandvliet told DigMB that other establishments were in the process of applying for outdoor spaces. Kreation Organic Juicery has applied for a street encroachment permit for their business on Highland Ave. in downtown Manhattan Beach, and Baja Sharkeez (which is temporarily closed) on Highland Ave. in North Manhattan Beach is also applying for street dining.

Uncorked Wine Shop, which has taken over the Bacchus Wines tasting room, has also requested a sidewalk dining permit on Manhattan Ave. in downtown Manhattan Beach, said Zandvliet. 

How long will outdoor dining spots last?

Moe noted in his report to City Council that currently the city's timeline for outdoor dining (as specified in Manhattan Beach's Emergency Order 21) allows for the use of public property to continue up to ninety days after L.A. County allows indoor dining. By that measure, it would expire on June 15 if the city council takes no further action.

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