Brent Bolthouse, who’s already expanded his popular The Bungalow lounge into a second location in Huntington Beach, is taking it to two new locations: Long Beach and La Jolla. And he’s bringing along chef Michael Mina, who’s already opened places like Bourbon Steak and Cal Mare in Los Angeles, to helm the menus at the new Bungalows. The Bungalow in Long Beach will span 8,000 square feet in Belmont Shore with a nice harbor view and fall 2019 anticipated opening date. La Jolla, just north of San Diego, hopes to open in early 2020.
Michael Mina will produce new dishes for the Long Beach and La Jolla restaurants, with small and large shareable plates, plus cocktails. The Bungalow first opened back in 2012 in Santa Monica at The Fairmont resort, taking over a wide outdoor space boasting a relaxed Baja vibe with retro appointments.
It regularly draws long lines of nightlife goers looking for cocktails and a party atmosphere just steps from the beach. This move for Mina is one of many the San Francisco-based chef is taking in Southern California. Mina’s big food hall at the Beverly Center is close to opening, while the chef recently converted longtime Dana Point restaurant Stonehill Tavern into another outlet of Bourbon Steak.