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San Pedro’s Waterfront Makeover Leaves Some Restaurants on the Outs

Plus a new kind of tailgating Downtown, and Orange County updates

Crusty Crab, San Pedro
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

San Pedro’s problem

A monumental remodeling effort at the waterfront in San Pedro is leaving some restaurants with a sinking feeling, reports the Daily Breeze. Many of the area’s longest-running eateries, including Ports O’ Call, Crusty Crab, and others, are slated to be torn down come spring as the plans push forward — and there isn’t much anyone can do about it.

The news of the restructuring of the area is nothing new, but many restaurant owners are saying that they’ve been blindsided by the process and lost promises made during the start of construction. Finding access to the parking areas has become increasingly difficult, and many shop owners and restaurants have begun receiving eviction notices well before the timeline they were originally given.

Ports O’ Call, for its part, says they were told the restaurant would not need to close until it’s new location was build and ready, but that certainly doesn’t seem to be the case any longer. As for the developers, they argue their hands are tied with current litigation, but that the progress of the property changeover has more to do with the Port of Los Angeles’s timeline than their own.

Mix Mix hits the year mark

Santa Ana’s Mix Mix Kitchen Bar is turning one, and to celebrate the place is doing a collected four-course menu of their first-year favorites. The prix fixe meal runs $40 all November, though there is a big $85 anniversary blowout on Friday, December 1 for diners who want to celebrate with a little champagne.

Sky-Gating in style

Forget tailgating, it’s all about sky-gating in Downtown. That’s the new name given to the pre-game party happening at Nest at WP24 at the Ritz-Carlton before Friday’s Lakers versus Raptors match-up. The cost is $50 a head, but diners get access to a unlimited food stations served market style, plus beer, wine, and cocktails.

OC burger moves

Emerging fast casual mini-chain Burger Boss just landed its fifth location, this one at The Village at Tustin Legacy in Orange County. The restaurant first started back in 2011 in Riverside, and offers eaters the chance to customize their meal with giant interactive ordering screens. Hours run 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. most days, with an extension to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

Culinary masters, indeed

East Coast Japanese restaurant o ya is coming to The Strand House in Manhattan Beach on Monday, November 6, as part of the ongoing Culinary Masters Series. Tickets for the 11-course affair run $175 (including drinks).

$1 per wine

Restaurant newcomer Gesso turning up its charity efforts for those affected by the Northern California wildfires. All November the restaurant will be donating $1 from every sold glass of wine to the United Way’s wildfire relief and recovery fund.

Redlands loves Ritual Brewing

Out in Redlands, Ritual Brewing is turning five. The popular craft beer maker is throwing a big event on November 4 to celebrate, with ownership tapping a number of rare barrel-aged beers along the way. The primary party goes down from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.