Last night James Republic soft opened at the Courtyard Marriott in Downtown Long Beach. The new farm-to-table restaurant from chef Dean James Max (Woodside, Brasserie Savoy) plans to serve all day, with breakfast items like poached eggs with creamy organic farro, lunch things like parma ham sandwiches with burrata and pentrils, along with dinner courses like grilled Pacific tuna with white miso and roasted black cod with mushrooms and padron oats.
The shipyard-inspired space has a large communal table in addition to bar seating and tabletops all around, both indoor and out on the patio. The craft beer menu has a heavy local focus, with brews like Figueroa Mountain's Hoppy Poppy IPA and Wheat Wacker from Black Diamond. There are about a two dozen wines by the glass, mostly California-centric, as well as cocktails like the El Diablo, which is topped with house-made ginger beer.
Currently soft open with breakfast (7-10:30 a.m.) and dinner hours (5-10 p.m), with expanded lunch to come. [Eaterwire]
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