Canadian restaurant chain Joey landed large in Los Angeles back in 2019, opening a sweeping space in Downtown LA that immediately drew in crowds of Financial District drinkers and diners. Now the sleek, upscale casual chain is out for a third space, opening a long talked-about location well west in Manhattan Beach early next month. A second space opened in Woodland Hills last year.
The arrival of Joey at Manhattan Village is not a surprise, considering locals have been anxiously awaiting its appearance since last year, and the company has been hiring lots of staff of late. What is new is the opening date, which is now slated for March 4, and a first look at the Shawmut-built facility itself.
For starters, the new South Bay Joey will — per necessary public health guidelines as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic — begin life as a patio-only restaurant, with distanced tables and staff wearing the usual personal protective equipment and following all COVID-19 protocols. The good news for anyone dining on-site at restaurants right now is that Joey’s patio is large enough to make social distancing feel somewhat comfortable, at over 1,400 square feet.
Ultimately the restaurant will add another 7,800 square feet of indoor dining space, all wrapped in dark wood and glass and steel. There’s even a bespoke art piece from local abstract graffiti artist Amber Goldhammer.
As for the food at Joey, expect everything from housemade hummus to pan-fried gyoza to salads, sandwiches, burgers, sushi, and butter chicken — along with lots of cocktails, craft beer, and wine. The new Joey opens in Manhattan Beach on March 4, with hours from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily, (midnight on Sundays) and happy hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.