Celebrity chef Michael Mina’s next Los Angeles-area project is almost here, as the Bay Area mainstay has partnered with nightlife operator Brent Bolthouse to open a Long Beach location of the famed Bungalow sometime this summer. The plans have been in the works since 2018, but now reps for the lounge say an arrival is imminent, once more structured reopenings begin to happen around Los Angeles County during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Per Mina’s team, the Long Beach version of the Bungalow will in some ways mirror the Santa Monica original and Huntington Beach offshoot, meaning lots of lounge seating set inside the structure of a namesake California bungalow, complete with dark woods, fireplaces, and a covered patio. Design firm Studio Collective is behind the project build. Bolthouse, who has been a popular Hollywood personality over the years and formerly worked with SBE before opening the first Bungalow in 2012, will oversee the upcoming Long Beach opening, as well as the eventual fourth location in La Jolla.
Michael Mina, meanwhile, will oversee the early creation of the casual menu, which will lean into snack fare, pizzas, salads, and the like. Mina has been trying to slowly grow his Southern California footprint over the years, opening restaurants like Bourbon Steak in Glendale and Orange County, though his projects at the Beverly Center — including a scuttled atrium-level food hall — have been scuttled.
There is no official opening date for the Bungalow in Belmont Shore at 2nd and PCH, but expect an arrival sometime before Labor Day 2020.