Simmzy’s Prepares to Open in Old Shore House Location
2012-04-13 · By Editor
Simmzy’s, one of the original craft beer bars in Los Angeles and a leader within the contemporary pub-grub movement, will bring its acclaimed selection of craft beer, small batch wine, and upscale gastropub fare to the bustling bayside community of Belmont Shore in Long Beach later this month.
The nearly bottle-less beverage program at Simmzy’s, curated by co-founder Mike Simms (Tin Roof Bistro, M.B. Post), offers a selection of quality artisan beers and small batch wines on draft and reflects Simmzy’s pioneering efforts in all things craft. The 30 rotating craft beer taps will highlight the best beer out there, from limited allocations to special releases (think Pliny the Younger and Golden Road Brewing). Listen for that “keg’s blown” bell rung by GM Micah Schiesel, and know that another artisan brew is being freshly tapped and thrown in the rotation. Their “small but mighty” selection of 10 boutique, small production wines are also exclusively on draft, giving patrons that “straight out of the barrel” experience. Available by the 3- or 6-ounce glass, Simmzy’s selection is sure to please every palate – even if that palate leans toward their Signature Sangria.
Executive Chef and co-founder Anne Conness (Campanile, EM Bistro, Napa Valley Grill, Tin Roof Bistro) will showcase local, thoughtfully-sourced, seasonal ingredients in the form of eclectic, refreshing pub grub – whose present-day notoriety she helped garner. Conness will impart her fine-dining skills on Farmer’s Market Fritters of carrot, zucchini and yellow squash with Drake Family Farms’ goat cheese, mint & dried fruit chutney; Grilled Fish Tacos made with fresh, wild-caught Oregon Rock Cod and topped with thinly-sliced fried fresno chilis; and wood-fired pizzas like the Arugula Foldover – a goat cheese and pesto pizza topped with a peppery arugula salad. Let’s not forget the upscale, yet unfussy namesake Simmzy’s Burger, Angus beef, chow chow onions, melted cheddar, garlic aioli, Tanimura & Antle Artisan lettuce and tomato piled atop a Breadbar bun.
Located in the former Shore House Café space, the Belmont Shore location boasts a larger open dining room and more seating than its Manhattan Beach sibling, which lends itself to a group-friendly atmosphere. To be sure, Simmzy’s family-style specials like Lemon Fried Chicken, Campfire Trout, and Chili Verde Mac ‘n’ Cheese will be served nightly, and will offer a Shore Kids’ Menu to accommodate local families.
Also not to be missed is Simmzy’s brunch, available on the weekends from 10:30am to 2:30pm. Conness’ “Weekend Eye Openers” encompass both sweet and savory, like the Short Rib Hash, poached eggs, breakfast potatoes, horseradish cream, braising jus and the “fancy” French Toast with Bruleed Berries,date-mascarpone & maple syrup.
Designed by architect Stephen Francis Jones of S.F. Jones Architects (Wolfgang Puck’s Spago and Chinios, M.B. Post), Simmzy’s was inspired by the lifeguard towers that line the shores of Long Beach. The 3,000 square foot eatery will seat approximately 98 guests in a space comprised of communal and individual tables, a counter, and a patio – each seat with a “blue sky” view, to boot.
Vintage tinted mason jars are repurposed as light fixtures, complementing the reclaimed wood floors and exposed rafters that together create an ambiance that is airy and casual. Communal tables encourage lively conversation among friends and soon-to-be friends, channeling the community’s relaxed and inviting bay-side culture.
Located at 5271 E. Second Street in Long Beach’s Belmont Shore neighborhood, Simmzy’s will be open Monday through Thursday, 11am to 11pm; Friday and Saturday 10:30am to Midnight; and Sunday 10:30am to 11pm. Simmzy’s is walk-in only and does not accept reservations. For more information, please visit www.simmzys.com