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Long Beach Restaurant Burns Down Two Weeks Before Scheduled Reopening

Dogz Bar and Grill was under construction after flooding forced it to close last year

Dogz Bar and Grill
The bar at Dogz Bar and Grill
Sheela P. via Yelp

Dogz Bar and Grill’s reopening stalled in a major way on Tuesday morning, when an early morning fire completely destroyed the restaurant. Dogz Bar and Grill was only weeks away from opening after a flood forced it to close in 2017. Located on Belmont Shore, it in one of Long Beach’s most coveted dining neighborhoods.

Firefighters arrived at 5:19 a.m. on June 12 and took 45 minutes to snuff out the fire, according to the Long Beach Press Telegram. The first-responders kept the fire from spreading to adjacent buildings, and thankfully no one was injured.

Tuesday’s fire is a second wave of bad luck for the restaurant. In January 2017, a delivery truck clipped a fire hydrant, which left Dogz Bar and Grill completely flooded. After the first accident, co-owners Norm Turley and Rod Frontinotook took 18 months to rebuild. The partners planned for a late June reopening. Dogz Bar and Grill originally opened in 2011 in the former Belmont Station, and was known as a specialty hot dog and dog-friendly establishment. The cause of the fire is unknown.

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