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Volume 46, Issue 50
ON THE COVER
Photographer Brent Broza
Photo by Kelly Fajack
Photo assistant Logan Broza
20 Bro Hymn
by Mark McDermott
Brent Broza took a camera given to him by his dying father and
found a new life for himself.
26 Space for inspiration
by John Post
Photographer John Post finds inspiration in the flights and the
grounding of the U.S.A. Space Shuttle Program
34 Sports bar, set high
by Richard Foss
The food at King’s Cove in the Toyota Sports Center is very good.
But it’s hard not to be distracted by the NHL Kings and professional
figure skaters training on the rinks below.
48 Piper’s block party
by Randy Angel
Mira Costa High School junior Piper Monk-Heidrich credits her
mom with letting her find her passion and her coaches for helping
her to fulfill her passions.
8 Manhattan Beach Wine Auction
12 Utility Box Art
16 Beach calendar
18 RB Chamber Man, Woman of the Year
47 Service Directory
27 TMMC Golf Tourney
28 JMMF’s Benefiesta
34 Wellness in the Garden
35 Beach Family Business Guide
PUBLISHER Kevin Cody, ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Richard Budman, EDITORS Mark McDermott, Randy Angel, David Mendez and Ryan
McDonald, ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Bondo Wyszpolski, DINING EDITOR Richard Foss, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERS Ray Vidal and
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CLASSIFIEDS Teri Marin, DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL MEDIA Jared Thompson, GRAPHIC DESIGNER Tim Teebken, DESIGN CONSULTANT Bob
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restaurants and 80 regional wineries. To learn all the
foundation does, visit MBEF.org.
PHOTOS BY CAROLINE ANDERSON
1. Chef David LeFevre served up food from
his restaurants Fishing with Dynamite and MB
2. Ferrari South Bay donated a red Ferrari to
3. Tina Wu (left), Pennekamp mom, and Debbie
Tran (right), Meadows mom.
4. Manhattan Beach Councilmember Wayne
Powell and Senior Deputy to Supervisor Don
Knabe, Steve Napolitano.
5. Mary Kelley, the owner of 23rd Street Jewelers
in Manhattan Beach, shows off a
necklace from her store. Kelley donated a pair
of gold and diamond earrings worth
$21,000 for the auction.
6. Tables were well provisioned.
7. Over 2,000 school supporters attended
the sold out event.
8. Manhattan Beach Councilmember David
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HUB ART INSTALLATION
Hermosa a beacon to punk art world
unveiling will make Hermosa Beach a
beacon to the punk world,” Leadership Hermosa
Beach board member and Hermosa
parks and rec chairperson Jani Lange declared last
month at the unveiling of Daniel Inez’s mural on a
utility box at the southeast corner of Hermosa and Pier
avenues in downtown Hermosa.
The utility box’s four corners bore street signs with the
names of seminal Black Flag, Descendents, Circle Jerks and
Pennywise. Seven other HUB (Hermosa Utility Box) murals
were also unveiled last month. The project was organized by
Leadership Hermosa Beach, which prepares residents for civic
leadership roles. For more information about Leadership Hermosa
Photos by Kevin Cody
1. Leadership Hermosa 2016 members with artist Daniel
Inez (in black) and his tribute to Hermosa punk bands.
2. Rob Dob covered a utility box with four, troubled
looking, adolescent surfers.
3. Two tall, narrow utility boxes designed by Jeff Fieger
and Lisa Arnett celebrate Hermosa’s surf culture.
4. Jake Tedesco covered an elevated utility box with a
sparrow guarding her eggs opposite a garden scene with a
lizard, a bee and flowering vines.
5. Camilla Serrano with Uncle Manny and cousin
6. Hermosa Beach council members Jason Massey and
Carolyn Petty, city manager Tom Bakaly, Jani Lange and
councilwoman Stacey Armato.
7. Carissa Catalina drew an art deco-inspired Hermosa
sun logo hovering over a breaking wave.
8. Chris Miller celebrated early Hermosa, when the town
was divided into tracts named after poets. Her mural
includes early surfing and beach photos and quotes from
Shakespeare, Tennyson, Keats and Longfellow.
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S O U T H B AY
AVP Manhattan Open
THURSDAY, JULY 14
The “Wimbledon of Beach Volleyball” is second only
to the Olympics in prestige among volleyball players.
Open winners are memorialized with bronze plaques
on the Manhattan Pier Volleyball Walk of Fame. Qualifications
Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Main Draw Friday
through Sunday. Finals Sunday noon, live on NBC.
South Side of the Manhattan Beach Pier. For more information
winner of the 2013
will be among the
competitors at the
Open. Photo by
Retsina, baklava and dancing
FRIDAY-SUNDAY, JULY 15-17
The South Bay Greek Festival is to area Greeks what
St. Patrick’s Day is to everyone else. Music, games,
dancing and Greek food. Friday 5 - 10 p.m., Saturday
12 - 10 p.m. and
Sunday 12 - 9 p.m. St. Katherine Greek Orthodox
Church, 722 Knob Hill Avenue, Redondo Beach. Sbgreekfestival.com.
MONDAYS, JULY 18- AUG 15
Through Aug. 15. The Beach Cities Health District
hosts a free, Zumba class with heart-pumping hip-hop
music and Latin inspired dance moves. Wear comfortable
shoes, bring a towel and water.
Lincoln Elementary School, 2223 Plant Ave, Redondo
Beach. For more information, visit
FRIDAY, JULY 22
Ruby's Diner in King Harbor becomes a showcase of
cherished cars, from modern speed machines to pedal
cars. To display your own car, contact Larry Neville at
(310) 962-7438. Ruby’s Diner, 245 North Harbor
Drive, Redondo Beach.
White Light White Night
FRIDAY, JULY 23
The 10th Anniversary of the South Bay’s glitziest charity
evening features live music, tastings, cocktails and
auctions overlooking the LA basin. Celebrate the triumphant
spirit of families impacted by cancer. 5 - 11
p.m. The Top of the Plaza at Continental Park, 870 S.
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days of spirited competition in the water
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the Charlie Saikley six man volleyball
(and costume) tournament at the Manhattan
Pier on Thursday and Friday.
Thursday is the LA County Lifeguard
Medal of Valor dinner. Friday night lifeguards
compete in swim, dory, surf ski
and paddleboard races, preceded by
the Jr. Lifeguard competition.
Saturday events for the public include
R-10 paddleboard race, CBVA volleyball,
surfing, bodysurfing and a twomile
beach run. Saturday night,
Southern California lifeguards compete
in relay races for the prestigious Taplin
Sunday morning begins with the
Velzy-Stevens Pier to Pier Paddleboard
race followed by the Dwight Crum Pier
to Pier swim, sand castle contest, Junior
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OLYMPIC EQUESTRIAN, PINBALL WIZ
Named Woman, Man of the Year
1968 Mexico Olympics equestrian and a two-time pinball league
champion were named the 2016-17 Redondo Beach Woman and
Man of the Year at the Redondo Chamber of Commerce’s annual
installation banquet last Friday at the Crowne Plaza.
Woman of the Year and former Olympian Vicki Callahan Porter is a
South Bay native and Redondo Harbor commissioner with a 40 year history
of community service.
Man of the Year and pinball champion Mike Gin served on the Redondo
preservation and planning commissions before serving eight years
on the city council and in 2005 being elected mayor. Also recognized at
the award dinner were Redondo Beach Employee of the Year Mike Klein
and Chamber Ambassador of the Year Mark Applegate.
PHOTOS BY KEVIN CODY
1. State Assembly David
Hadley apologizes for being
overdressed, but redeems
himself by noting he is one
of the few elected officials
who was a chamber member
and business owner before
becoming a politician.
2. The newly installed
2016 Redondo Beach
Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors.
3. Chamber chair Ann
Garten presents a gift to
retiring Beach Cities Health
District CEO Susan Burton,
on the condition that Burdon
continues to serve on the
4. Chamber chair Ann
Garten thanks Chamber
CEO Marna Smeltzer for
her three decades of service
to the chamber.
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of the Year Mike
6. Redondo Chamber Ambassador
of the Year Mark
7. Redondo Beach Woman
of the Year Vicki Callahan
8. Redondo Beach Man of
the Year Mike Gin is congratulated
by last year’s
Man of the Year Steven
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Photographer Brent Broza, whose first
solo exhibit, "Then & Now", will take
place July 16 at Hermosa Design.
Photo by Kelly Fajack Photography
Photo Brent Broza
by Mark McDermott
How Brent Broza became one of the South Bay’s most vital photographers
Brent Broza was living a good dream on the day the phone call came.
The South Bay native and lifelong surfer had moved to Maui in 2005.
He was 36 years old, and he’d built a successful career selling wine.
He spent his days driving around tasting and talking about wine, surfing,
and immersing himself in the beauty of South Pacific island life.
But on that day in July 2008, life suddenly stood still. Broza stood silently
for a moment, phone in hand, looking out across the ocean, taking in what
he’d just heard. His father Claude was dying. He had terminal cancer and
only a short time to live.
He and Claude had an unusually tight bond. His mother Michelle had
died of breast cancer at the age of 50, nearly two decades earlier, when
Brent was still at San Diego State. He’d studied communications and while
working in restaurants had discovered wine. He possessed a “good palate”
and a natural affability that he’d inherited from his big-hearted, convivial
father — a big, strapping man who’d operated a home inspection company
in the South Bay who was legendary locally for his fun-loving ways. Broza
was hired by a division of Kendall Jackson straight out of college as a wine
rep. They asked him to return to the South Bay to cover nearby territories,
and eventually the Beach Cities.
He was only too happy to return to his native stomping grounds, and he
and his father — to whom Brent bears a striking resemblance — shared a
great decade together, a son getting to know his dad as an adult, and a
friend. Brent and Claude cooked together, drank wine together, and at one
point, in 2004, took a photo class at Paul’s Photos in Torrance together.
Brent found the class too technical for his liking, but afterwards his father
gave him his first real camera, a Nikon N80, which he took on a surf trip
to the Mentawais later that year.
A few years later, after he’d moved to Hawaii, his father would give him
his first digital camera, a 4 megapixel Kodak.
“I'd go around and shoot stuff, just what I thought was cool,” Broza said.
“Of course waves. Seascapes, Monkeypod trees, Kiawe trees, just whatever –
the ocean, the water, the reefs.”
He gave little thought to it; taking shots was a meditative practice. He tiptoed
into the dawning era of social media. “You are invited to join Facebook?
What it that?” he remembers thinking. “But yeah, I posted a few shots on
Facebook, and MySpace.”
The day he found out his father was dying, Broza quit his job in Hawaii.
He packed up, shipped his car, and arrived back in Manhattan Beach two
“I had no job, basically nothing,” Broza said. “I came back to spend time
with my dad and to care for him as much as I could. He had a Canon Rebel
there, a new one – I don't think he had a chance to use it. He was just kind
of tinkering around with it.”
Claude was dying quickly. The heaviness of his father’s impending passing
weighed on Brent.
“You appreciate moments. Everything else in life is trivial,” he recalled.
“It's real. You are witnessing death happening. You are witnessing pain and
suffering. You are watching your parent die. It's hard.”
Encounters with death change perception. Time slows down. Moments
become precious. Transience is made real. Light upon the earth, upon the
water, seems to shimmer. Broza saw the South Bay with different eyes.
Brent Broza cont. on page 23
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Brent Broza cont. from page 21
“I was pretty much tripping,” he said. “I’d take that camera, during my
breaks from watching him, and shoot sunsets, the waves, the piers, Palos
Verdes, the Avenues…. It was a therapeutic thing for me to kind of release
some creativity during that time.”
His father only lasted a month. After he died, Broza decided he’d stay in
the South Bay. He started posting his photos more regularly on social
media. He was surprised at the positive response he received.
“This is kind of how, with all these nice comments, I started to get a little
more confident,” Broza said. “And then shooting just kind of clicked. I was
self-taught, and just started to figure things out.”
A month after his dad died, a friend, Paul Hatter, helped him obtain
photo credentials to a Jack Johnson concert in Santa Barbara. He gave the
photos to Johnson. Later, Johnson’s wife reached out to him. The concert
had been recorded and was going to be released as an album, “En Concert,”
and they wanted to use one of Broza’s photos for the CD booklet.
“I was like, ‘Hell yeah,’” Broza said. “What an opportunity.”
Broza is one of those guys who is almost a social media network unto
himself. He knows people, and through those many circles, more opportunities
arose, such as an offer to shoot the premiere of Kelly Slater’s surf
movie, “The Ultimate Wave Tahiti.” Those photos appeared in Surfer magazine.
Broza’s photography career was up and running.
He’d taken another job in corporate wine sales, but his focus was increasingly
turning to photography. Soon, he had surfing shots in Surfer.
Over the next few years, his shots appeared on Surfline.com, in American
Art Collector magazine and on the covers of Easy Reader and Beach. His
photography wasn’t any one niche — he photographed artists Shepard
Fairey and Craig “Craola” Simkins in their studios, South Bay landscapes,
seascapes, musicians, landmarks and personalities.
“I don’t have any one focus,” Broza said. “I just shoot what I think is
Even in its variety, his work developed a distinct identity. An example is
a shot that his lifelong friend, singer Jim Lindberg, used as the cover art
for “The Black Pacific,” the band he led in his period away from Pennywise.
The photo looks north at perhaps the most commonly photographed subject
locally, the Manhattan Beach pier. But it’s a vision of the pier unlike
anything that had appeared before. Rather than the sunny, happy beach
vibe the pier so often represents, Broza’s shot is in dramatic black and
white. Its backdrop are the stacks from the NRG El Segundo power plant,
smoke billowing above the entire scene.
Lindberg said that shot, like much of Broza’s work, documents a side of
the South Bay only a native would have the eyes to capture.
“An outsider couldn’t really come here and get the essence of the place,
or understand the different facets of South Bay life,” he said. “That album
cover is a perfect example. It shows the stacks down in El Segundo, and
kind of a windy day — it shows the stormy nature of the coast, not the
typical sunny beach day. Anyone who grew up in the South Bay knows
those kinds of days well. There is a big brightness here, but there are some
dark corners, as well.”
Broza also very consciously, and respectfully, comes from a local tradition.
He admired the work of pioneering surf photographer LeRoy Grannis
all his life, as well as the comprehensive photographic documentation of
his friend Robi Hutas, who has spent six decades photographing everything
from the disappearing Old Redondo waterfront to every major volleyball
tournament in Hermosa and Manhattan Beach.
“I don’t think anyone has documented the South Bay better than Robi
Hutas,” Broza said. “And for me, after growing up here – I try to document
things that mean something to me, and try to shoot them before they are
gone. I mean, I didn’t really start until I was 38, so I’m trying to make up
for lost time.”
Daniel Inez, the founder of the local design company M1SK, and a
staunch defender of South Bay culture, said that Broza’s photographs speak
a uniquely local language.
“This is Brent's backyard so his point of view is not one of an outsider’s...whether
it's taking photos at a punk show or at the Breakwall,
Brent Broza cont. on page 26
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Brent Broza’s photo of Aaron Gold at Jaws, January 15, off the Hawaiian island of Maui. The photo earned Gold the World Surf League award for biggest
wave paddled into in 2016. Broza was also honored at the April awards ceremony.
Bluff’s Cove, Palos Verdes.
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“Fire on the water.” Photo by Brent (brozaphoto.com)
“Skaters.” Photo by Brent Broza (brozaphoto.com)
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Brent Broza cont. from page 23
he's shooting things that he's had
lifelong relationships with,” Inez
said. “This makes his work not only
genuine, but easy to get behind and
support...If there's a story about the
South Bay it makes sense that people
from here tell it. I think that's a
big part of why people dig his
stuff – he's one of us, not just some
random person with an expensive
Broza now makes his living primarily
as a photographer, running
his own wine distribution company
as a sideline. On July 16, he will
have his first solo exhibition, “Then
& Now,” at Hermosa Design.
“Photography has been amazing
for me,” he said. “It's given me a lot
of freedom. I can go out and do it
whenever I want. If I want to be out
at 2 o'clock in the morning, I can do
it. It's created a life for me.”
Though his work is rooted locally,
Broza’s reputation has spread globally.
Kim Riley, whose Manhattan
Beach gallery was the first to show
his work, said that Broza has become
a brand name, and done so in
large part because he has given the
world a new perspective on iconic
South Bay themes.
“His stuff is just amazing, and just
keeps evolving,” Riley said. “The
work people buy now is so much
different from the standard shot of
the Manhattan Beach pier that has
been photographed the same way a
million times. His art has great
value, and we ship it around the
world...Brent’s work has a new feel
Probably the biggest star in the
South Bay photo scene today is Bo
Bridges. He remembers Broza coming
into his first studio, in Hermosa
Beach, about six years ago, peppering
him with practical questions.
He’s watched with admiration as
Broza’s work has expanded. He
praised how Broza’s work is embedded
its own singular style,
standing out in an increasingly
“The market is so saturated with
photographers these days,” Bridges
said. “And the technology has made
it almost so you can just push a button
and get a good shot but doing
that isn’t enough to make a name
for yourself. That’s the hard part,
and he’s done a great job at
it....What he has done is just brilliant.”
Both Bridges and Lindberg said
the secret to this success isn’t some
mysterious alchemy, or even its
Brent Broza with his father, Claude, in Maui, Hawaii, circa 2005.
local roots — it’s the thousands of
hours Broza has devoted to his craft.
“That really comes from dedication
and putting the work in,” Lindberg
said. “Pretty much every day
he’s up at dawn, taking photos...It’s
like in music — very rarely does
anyone just take up songwriting and
start writing great songs. He had
that drive. He put in the time.”
“He was hurting because of the
loss of his parents, and like any
great artist, he channelled that emotion
into something positive…and in
so doing captured the beauty of nature
around the South Bay and
other parts of California. It’s really
cool to make that your work of art.
And really, he’s just begun.”
Broza is now living another
dream, one that his father helped
hatch in the final days of his life.
“Basically, it went like this: my
dad gave me this gift on his way
out,” Broza said. “If that camera
hadn’t come into my hands the way
it did, I don’t believe I’d be shooting
photographs today. It’s weird. But
he’d be so stoked.”
Brent Broza’s “Then & Now” runs
from July 16 through August 14 at
Hermosa Design, 618 Cypress Avenue,
Hermosa Beach, with an opening reception
July 16 from 7 to 10 p.m. B
26 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • July 14, 2016
TORRANCE MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
Raises Funds for the North Patient Tower
he 30th annual Torrance Memorial Golf Tournament proved to be another great success.
Funds raised from the June 6 tournament will help to fulfill the overall fundraising goal
toward renovation of the North Patient Tower to benefit women’s and pediatric services.
After a full day of golf at the Palos Verdes Golf Club, participants enjoyed a cocktail reception,
dinner, silent auction and awards banquet. City National Bank once again served as the tournament
sponsor this year. Don Douthwright served as the tournament chair. The honorary chair is
late George L. Graziadio, Jr.
PHOTOS BY DEIDRE DAVIDSON
back row: Brett Dillenberg.
4. Christina Ochoa, Deverie
Fernandez, Lyn Kornoelje,
5. Tracy Bracken, Chris Wilson,
Dave Klein, David Clinton, Song
Cho, Steve Lopes, Helaine
1. Don Douthwright, Carole
Hoffman and Stuart Dogan.
2. Front row: Craig Leach, Larry
Rausch, Mark Rouse; back row:
Steve Thompson, Laura
Schenasi, Scott Rouse.
3. Front row: James Sanders,
Michael Bolcher, Scott Davis;
July 14, 2016 • Easy Reader / Beach magazine 27
Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation
The 2016 BeneFiesta, benefiting the Jimmy Miller
Memorial Foundation, was held in the imaginatively
reconfigured lobby of the Manhattan
Country Club last month. Cocktails from Wicked
Tango, Deep Eddy and Manhattan Margarita and food
from Silvio’s Brazilian BBQ and other local restaurants
were offered prior to a live auction by AVP and Time
Warner Sportsnet announcer Chris “Geeter” McGee.
The Jimmy Miller Foundation provides ocean therapy
for the physically and mentally ill, including military
veterans. Jimmy Miller volunteers offer surf lessons to
wounded veterans from the Veterans Hospital in West
Los Angeles and at Camp Pendleton. For more information
visit Dig4Kids.org or
PHOTOS BY KEVIN CODY
1. Debi Lamotte and Jay Gleason.
2. Dorothy Courtney with Jennifer and Greg McNally.
3. Nancy Miller with David and RL Peters.
4. Dennis and Crystal Jarvis.
5. Zen and Diana Del Rio.
6. Aleta and Gary McPeak and Chris Brown.
7. Jeff Miller tells the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation
8. Mark and Diane Silva.
9. Jim Miller, center, with Barsha Wine’s Adnen and
10. Jason and Leslie Kelso.
11. Carly Rogers and Chyo Baldocchi.
28 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • July 14, 2016
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Down the street,
into the history books
ET-94 is reunited with Space Shuttle Endeavor
ET-94 rounds a tight bend on Manchester Boulevard, at Hillcrest Drive.
ET-94 moved through the streets at four miles per hours.
Story and photos by John Post
An era in space exploration passed through the
streets of Los Angeles and into the history books on
Saturday, May 21. That day, the last flight-qualified
Space Shuttle external fuel tank was driven east down
Manchester Boulevard to Vermont Avenue and then north
to the California Science Center. There ET-94, as it is
known, was reunited with the Space Shuttle Endeavor,
which had followed a similar route to the Science Center
in October 2012.
The 154-foot long, 66,000 pound tank was brought by
barge through the Panama Canal to Marina del Rey, where
it was unloaded. The 11.5 mile journey to the California
Science Center took 18 hours.
Spectators who lined the streets could see where sections
of orange insulation foam had been removed for investigation
after the Shuttle Columbia was lost during reentry
I have witness U.S. Space Shuttle walk outs, lift offs and
landings and have been convinced that the U.S. space program
represents the best of what humanity can achieve.
Parents looking to give their kids an experience that may
change their lives for the better should visit Space Shuttle
Endeavor and ET-94. The California Science Center is at
700 Exposition Park Dr, in Los Angeles, just south of the
University of Southern California. For more information,
visit CaliforniaScienceCenter.org. B
30 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • July 14, 2016
STS-135 Atlantis lifts off at the
Kennedy Space Center for the
Space Shuttle program’s final
flight on July 8, 2011.
Space Shuttle Endeavour winds down Crenshaw Boulevard on October 13, 2012 on its way to the California
ET-94 draws a crowd along Arbor Vitae in Playa Vista.
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At the Botanic Garden
he 20th Annual Celebrate Wellness Food &
Wine Tasting, held June 26 at the South Coast
Botanic Garden, was again a success! More
than 600 guests helped raise a record $175,000.
Hosted by the Cancer Support Community Redondo
Beach, this special outdoor fundraiser benefited its
programs for cancer patients and their loved ones.
1. Volunteers Jill Gray, Claudia Welch, daughter
Kim Marinkovich with mother/survivor Yvonne
2. Barsha Wines & Spirits owners Adnen and
3. Entertaining Friends Catering’s Anthony Eulloqui,
Brandon and Grace Tombyle, owner Jean
Cordero with their large selection of fruits,
cheeses, vegetables and more.
4. Kincaid’s Tyler and Reggie Thomas serve
jambalaya to Scott and Kelli Trantina with Kathy
and Mike Grogan.
5. Redondo Beach locals Brittany Veneris and
Happy Hour Beverages co-founder Kristin Jolley.
6. CSCRB co-founder Anne Clary, guest survivor
speaker Deb Patrick and CSCRB’s Theresa
7. Misto Caffe’s Luis Alvarez and Opi Lepe with
Ahi Tuna Tartar for Castle Rock Winery’s Honey
8. Ian Ryan and Michael Amalfitano of San
Pedro’s Lattes On Location.
9. Jus’ Poke’s Christian Hernandez, Rachel Loo
and owner Stefanie Honda.
10. CSCRB CEO Judith Opdahl with
co-founders Anne Clary, Dr. Tom Simko and Jean
34 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • July 14, 2016
For the three Chong brothers, Fernando, Roberto and Marcelino,
the journey to success in the restaurant business began in their
mother’s very own kitchen.
“She had a passion for cooking, not only Chinese, but also Cuban
and Peruvian cuisine. I picked up a lot of things from her,” recalled
Roberto, who would grow up to become the executive chef of the
family’s restaurants.It may be noted from Roberto’s quote above,
that the three brothers were born in Cuba and raised in Peru before
settling in California. Once here, Roberto furthered his culinary education
while working for California Cuisine pioneers Robert Bell and
Michael Frank at Courtney’s, in downtown Manhattan Beach.
In the early 1990s the three brothers opened the family’s second
Chong’s at the corner of PCH and Artesia. Subsequently, other
Chong’s would open in Long Beach and Costa Mesa. Roberto, however,
wanted to stretch his culinary legs. When the opportunity presented
itself to open a formal, 80-seat restaurant in Manhattan
Beach, they seized it.
Ws China Bistro
China Grill, like the family’s other restaurants, enjoyed immediate
success. With its western influenced menu and upscale décor, the
restaurant is often compared to PF Chang’s. But Fernando noted a
critical difference. Unlike corporately owned restaurants, “because
we are family owned, we are quality driven, instead of bottom line
driven”. The western influences, Robert noted, allow him to use
flavors that are bolder than traditionally mild Cantonese food. Ginger,
garlic, peppers and other exotic spices are used to enhance the
natural flavors. Over time, influences from the countries of their
upbringing have worked their way into the menu, such is the case
of the Asian Paella and the Peruvian Saltado.
Continuing in this tradition of entrepreneurship, their sisters,
Meiyen and Meiling, are opening their own restaurant in Hermosa
Beach this summer, named Rabano.
No doubt, a new dynasty in Chinese/Asian cooking was started
right here in the South Bay.
Ws China Bistro 1410 S. PCH, Redondo Beach (310) 792-1600 • www.wschinabistro.com
China Grill 3282 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach (310) 546-7284 • www.chinagrillbistro.com
July 14, 2016 • Easy Reader / Beach magazine 35
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Sergio should feel
very flattered indeed. Sergio’s Continental Gourmet Market
has risen to prominence most notably on the strength of its
empanadas, which are Argentine dumplings filled with meat,
poultry, cheese, spinach and the like. For the past decade or
so, competitors have been trying to duplicate those flaky pastries,
but without the same success. The 36-year-old store in
Hawthorne specializes in hard-to-find foods and wines from
Argentina, Peru, Guatemala and other Latin American countries,
working hand-in-hand with its sister business, Continental
Gourmet Restaurant in Lomita.
But the development of the perfect empanada gave the
Continental brand a signature product that has drawn flocks
of customers – and the Food Network’s cameras – to the
store. That development involved tireless rounds of studying,
testing, tasting, refining, and starting all over again. “I started
reading books about how different flours react with different
shortenings and butters. We finally arrived at a recipe that
works for us, and it took off. We got the dough to that certain
flakiness, and people responded to that,” Sergio said. “In the
last five to ten years, a lot of empanada specialty places have
come around, and we see competitors try to do some of the
same things,” he said. They have even copied Sergio’s practice
of stamping letters into the dough of each empanada so the
customer can tell which flavor he’s about to bite into.
Sergio worked on the empanada recipe with Continental’s
patriarch, his father Roberto. “He always said, if you’re going
to make something, make the best,” Sergio said. He learned
the business from his father, who used to bring him in on Saturdays
when he was just a toddler. “He would bring me in, in
the morning, and we’d make dough together. He’d teach me
how to make sausages, fillings for stuffing,” Sergio said. “I’d
wake up at 4 or 4:30 in the morning. If I was not able to go in
I would throw a fit, I’d cry.” As the years passed, Sergio learned
the business “from the register in front, to receiving merchandise
in the back,” and all the meat, bakery and deli matters in
between. “I worked other places too. When it was time to take
over [Continental] it was second nature. I felt I could do it with
my eyes closed.”
At age 84, his father now puts in fewer hours, while Sergio
runs the business, with wife Sandy taking care of payroll and
other matters. They visit the Lomita bakery very early every
Sunday morning with their two kids, 5-year-old Robbie and 3-
year-old Abbie. These young children “actually help pull and
push the ice chests, holding freshly baked empanadas for the
farmers markets.” That’s a family business! Both Robbie and
Abbie will eventually learn the ropes of the business as their
father Sergio did from his father. And the new Continental
Gourmet Gardena is coming soon!
Continental Gourmet Market
25600 Narbonne Ave., Lomita (310) 530-3213
12921 S. Prairie Ave., Hawthorne (310) 310-676-5444 • www.continentalgourmetmarket.com
36 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • July 14, 2016
Today, with ten restaurants from Santa Barbara to Newport
Beach, co-owners Ron and Greg Newman must be doing
something right. Growing up in Inglewood, Ron Newman
was originally in the camera business, following in the footsteps
of his father Ike, who owned Newman’s Photo and Sound, in Hermosa
Beach. But Ron kept in touch with his Morningside high
school buddies, who were working in the restaurant industry.
Seeing their ventures’ productivity, Ron Newman joined one of
them to open the Red Onion Restaurant in Westchester in 1966.
With its success, Ron, with a few more Morningside friends,
opened the Red Onion in Redondo Beach in 1973. As a “workaholic”,
he recognized opportunities and good timing, and by
1981, had 10 restaurants, eventually 17. Located in areas including
Palm Desert, Woodland Hills and San Diego, these locations
thrived as they offered delicious food and the then-popular party
Then, times changed. And Ron realized he needed to make
some changes, too. Diners and drinkers were no longer going to
the big clubs. And his son Greg, who had helped him since he
was 15 years old, was about to graduate from USC. Baja Sharkeez
was about to be born.
With the young energy and connections of Greg and the selftaught
restaurant expertise of Ron, they together opened the
Manhattan Beach Baja Sharkeez in 1993. As the recession was
hurting most businesses, Baja Sharkeez was attracting more. It
“clicked” with the young, smart college crowd and locals, offering
cheap drinks and tacos. This casual, “no frills Baja-style restaurant/bar
with sawdust on the floor” was an immediate hit. But it
took the leadership and long hours of the father-son team to
make it happen. Employing no managers, Ron and Greg did it
on their own together, working days and nights, countless hours
to assure it operated just right.
And it did - so well, that the Newmans opened Newport Beach
Baja Sharkeez in ‘96 and the Hermosa Beach Baja Sharkeez on Pier
Avenue in ‘97. As Pier Plaza was just opening with its clean, nocar-traffic
appeal, the timing for Hermosa’s was perfect. It attracted
major numbers, with its no frills, sawdust on floor, cheap
prices, like Manhattan Beach. From there, Ron and Greg opened
Baja Sharkeez in Santa Barbara and Huntington Beach, Panama
Joe’s in Long Beach, Killarney’s in Huntington Beach, Sandbar in
Santa Barbara and the first upscale restaurant on Pier Plaza in
Hermosa Beach, Palmilla.
Today, some exciting moves are being made. Hermosa Beach’s
Palmilla is expanding its outdoor patio space, which is key for the
outdoor dining preferences of locals and tourists near the beach.
And the most exciting opening of Tower 12, formerly Fat Face
Fenner’s Fishack, is scheduled for mid-September. This new
Tower 12 will enhance the South Bay with an upstairs, ocean view,
indoor-outdoor restaurant/bar with a “retrospective” look and
feel. Sporting a surfboard table made by Spyder Surf Shop’s
founder Dennis Jarvis, this classy, but “familiar” casual venue will
also display vintage couches, shelves with old, beachy collectibles
and ‘70’s skateboard and punk rock memorabilia. Its menu of
food and drinks will include California-style eats with the newest
syrups and bitters used in cocktails, the “what’s happening now”
in the food/beverage industry.
The challenging goals of this “family business” team, father Ron
and son Greg Newman, would not have been achieved without
the help of managing and corporate partners, the “fiber of the
company.” Their success will continue, due to the support of the
communities surrounding their venues, their 600 employees and,
most importantly, the strong bond of a strong family.
52 Pier Avenue Hermosa Beach • (310) 318-0004 • 3600 Highland Avenue Manhattan Beach • (310) 545-8811 • www.sharkeez.net
Palmilla 39 Pier Avenue Hermosa Beach • (310) 374-4440 • www.palmillarestaurant.com
Tower 12 57 Pier Avenue Hermosa Beach • www.tower12hb.com
July 14, 2016 • Easy Reader / Beach magazine 37
or more than fifty years, Paul’s Photo has been part of the South Bay
community providing superior customer experiences. Founded in 1961
by Paul Comon, this family business has grown to incorporate three generations
of Comons. While Paul still comes into work, Mark Comon, his son,
working with his wife Sheryl, are now in charge of all operations. Wyatt is the
resident computer wiz-kid of the business. But don’t think that the family is
defined so narrowly; as Mark says, “I consider our family business to include
our clients and students, volunteers, employees, and vendors.” No wonder
that for 18 years running they have been voted the Easy Reader Best of the
Beach Camera Store!
Paul’s Photo is so much more than a camera store. Encompassing today’s
entire photography ecosystem, the personal touch of their customer service
ensures each individual achieves his or her photographic goals.
Their camera staff will understand your photography desires and lifestyle.
This ensures you are equipped with the right tools and knowledge that fit
your needs and budget to unleash your creativity. Knowledgeable staff can
discuss all the models and brands on the market today. “When I went in several
months ago to upgrade my camera,” said Kathleen Bullard who now works
there, “I was sure I knew exactly what model I wanted due to the features and
price. But Mark pointed out that I would be disappointed since the features
I was familiar with would be hard to access. So instead I got a higher level camera,
but with generous trade-ins on my existing equipment I got it at the price
I could afford.”
Started by Mark Comon to address the need for photography education in
the South Bay, the Creative Photo Academy doubled the size of the business.
They offer a wide array of educational experiences for photography students
of all ages, skill or interest level, covering every aspect of the photographic
process. One way students can choose to learn is through hands-on education
in the classroom. Their extremely popular 6-week Boot Camp is for photographers
who want to master all the settings in their camera applied through
targeted assignments. Intermediate and Advanced Classes meet all year
slanted toward a particular theme or skill.
The Creative Photo Academy also hosts professional photographers to lecture
and/or provide workshops. Many with years of specialized experience,
they share their knowledge to provide insight and inspiration. Specialized
short workshops such as Macro Photography or Lightroom Modules allow
photographers to hone in a special skill.
For those who want to put their photography skills into action, the Creative
Photo Academy Photo Adventures provides such opportunities! Photographers
can go “in the field” to learn, create and shoot. One can travel around
the globe or just down the street for hands-on training on location. One example,
“Night Hawks” is a monthly Adventure that meets at various locations
around LA to capture dramatic night shots. Excursions include shooting the
Vincent Thomas Bridge, the Disney Concert Hall downtown, and of course,
every year includes Christmas Lights. Photo Walks provide similar opportunities
during daylight hours on the weekends.
For the more adventurous, more extensive trips include the Eastern Sierras,
Yosemite, Bryce and Zion, and Alaska. Still not enough? One can sign up with
like-minded photographers and take an international tour to Kenya, Cuba, or
Japan, to name a few locations.
The Creative Photo Academy Gallery features the work of their family of
photographers. The gallery displays work by the student of the month, various
classes, and from the Adventure trip series. Exhibit space changes with the
First Tuesday Event which includes the evening gallery opening, open critique,
and pro talk. Always an exciting evening, check in with the Creative Photo
Academy website (www.creativephotoacademy.com) to view the current
month’s opening featured photographers and speaker.
Paul’s Photo is home to one of the best photo labs in Southern California.
The Lab at Paul’s Photo does more than just print. The staff understands how
important it is to preserve and share your favorite memories. They are expert
in all aspects of printing and preservation, and love helping customers select
and produce their images. Want to turn your photo into outdoor art or create
an album of baby’s first year? They can do that in addition to offering printing
of all sorts, from bound books to wedding invitations, metal prints to canvas
wraps, and do so with the utmost professionalism. They are happy to help
customers who are unfamiliar with the production process and guarantee
that they will love the results!
Located conveniently just north of PCH on Hawthorne Blvd. in Torrance,
Paul’s is the photographic hub of the South Bay with the tools and knowledge
required for today’s photography. Whether you’re a regular or a new
face, Paul’s Photo welcomes you to their family of photographers.
23845 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance, CA. 90505
310-375-7014 • Paulsphoto.com • Creativephotoacademy.com
38 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • July 14, 2016
irtually every pie that you buy from a grocery
Vstore chain, fast food chain, national pie chain
or various corporation contains a host of toxic
chemicals that are used to make the pie attractive,
give it shelf life and make it taste edible. We
at Hermosa Pie & Cake are driven by this very fact
which is why we produce wholesome, 100% nat-
Hermosa Pie & Cake Company
ural, all fruit pies with fruit
solely grown in the Pacific
Northwest. Our fruit is
gmo, wax, gas (xenon), radiation
free. We strongly believe
that there is a direct correlation
preservatives in store
bought pies and birth defects.
Our pies have no
more than 5 ingredients,
and are as follows... Pacific
Northwest fruit, non
gmo flour, organic butter,
organic cane sugar and
ice water. We challenge
you, our friends and customers
to show us a pie
that YOU have bought at
a grocery store or national
pie chain, which
contains no more than 5
ingredients. The last time
Chef checked, a pie from
the grocery store had 57
ingredients - 45 of which
came from a chemical
laboratory. Come down
to our pie shop for the
real thing. We love you,
be well, Chef David and
133 Hermosa Ave. Hermosa Beach • (310) 374-2323 • www.hermosapieandcake.com
975 Aviation Blvd, Manhattan Beach (310) 318-5959
150 N. Sepulveda Blvd. El Segundo (310) 426-9494 • www.valentinospizza.net
or the past two and a half decades,
FValentino, along with his wife Connie
and two sons, Joseph and Anthony,
have been serving and delivering
Brooklyn Style Pizza, Pasta, Subs, and
more. Keeping to their Italian traditions
- using only the finest and freshest
ingredients, their pizzas are hand
tossed, made with 100% real mozzarella
cheese and prepared with fresh
toppings. They offer homemade
lasagna and meatballs while their bread
is also homemade and baked on the
premises - for that perfect sandwich
and garlic bread. The family
also offers mouth-watering
Valentino’s opened its doors in Manhattan
Beach in 1990, and their second
location in El Segundo opened in 2004.
Since then Valentino’s has won many
awards for their pizzas, Italian food and
delivery service. While both locations
deliver, providing fast and pleasant
service, Valentino’s also offers catering
for large parties. Or you can bring your
party to them; their El Segundo location
has a large dining room that seats up
to 50. You can see their online menu at
www.Valentinospizza.net Bon Appetite!
Attending the World Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, Steve Hodges
didn’t anticipate it would change his life. But it did. That’s where he met his wife,
Lisa in 2010. Originally from and living in Vancouver, Lisa moved down to the South
Bay, where they were married in 2011. Now with two daughters, 3-year-old Shiloh
and 1-year-old Shelby, the Hodges have brought a bit of “Cajun Country” charm to
Growing up in Torrance and working at the Lamppost Pizza for 25 years, Steve had
always wanted to open his own restaurant. After Ragin Cajun moved from its original
location in Hermosa Beach to Redondo Beach, its founder Steve Domingue and the
Hodges started working together. In 2014, with its founder’s help, Steve and Lisa
were able to get the newer location “off the ground.”
Today, the Hodges offer the same delicious traditional “Weeziana” choices as the
original Ragin Cajun did. But they’ve added lots more to the menu, like Fried Chicken
and Alligator - one of its most popular appetizers. If you’re not a spicy food lover,
don’t fret, as Steve and Lisa have many “mild” choices, too. With its signature Gumbolaya,
Ragin Cajun also offers a full bar, with over 50 Bourbon choices, Moonshine
flights and signature drinks like the Hurricane and Skull cocktails. Plus, they’ve colorfully
decorated this restaurant so well that you feel you’re actually in Louisiana!
Ragin Cajun Cafe is the perfect place for private parties, any special occasion and
is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. The best part is that you’re bound
to meet either Lisa or Steve. After a smiling employee greets you at the door, one,
if not both of them, will most likely be there, with bright smiles, treating you with
that genuine southern hospitality and charm. Laissez le bon temps roulez!
RAGIN CAJUN CAFE
525 Pacific Coast Highway • Redondo Beach • (310) 540-8441 • www.ragincajuncafe.com
July 14, 2016 • Easy Reader / Beach magazine 39
hen LA Weekly refers to Baran’s
W2239 as the “best new restaurant
that (almost) no one is talking
about,” that’s saying something.
Opening in mid-March of this year,
Baran’s 2239 is owned and operated
by two brothers, Jason and Jon
Baran, and the executive chef Tyler
Gugliotta, and all three are natives
of the South Bay. With the Baran
brothers’ sister Jenna waiting tables,
her boyfriend Chris as head
server and Jason’s wife Greyci working
once a week, this is assuredly a
family business - and one doing
With freshly baked Focaccia and specialties
like Gnocchi Nero - king crab, calabria
chile and herbs - and the most
popular Smoked & Fried Chicken, Chef
Tyler also offers Hamachi Crudo and a
Bistro Filet. His unique, progressive and
“unexpected” choices originate from his
and the brothers’ experienced culinary
background. With a father who was chef
at Chez Melange, Tyler has worked in
many successful restaurants, including
the Tasting Room in Venice. Jon, who majored
in Hospitality and Restaurant Management,
experienced his first cooking
position under Tyler at a local restaurant
in Hermosa Beach. And Jason has also
worked in several South Bay cooking establishments.
So when the timing was
just right for these three, Baran’s 2239
Interestingly, Its name, Baran’s 2239,
has 100% to do with the family and cooking.
Jason and Jon’s grandparents ran
Brotherton’s Farmhouse from 1937 to
1987 in Pasadena. This restaurant’s address
was 2239 E. Colorado Boulevard:
therein came Baran’s 2239. And the
brothers owe much of its early success to
the “encouragement” of their grandparents,
parents, aunts, uncles and brother
Jeff, all USC alumni. This family support
has enabled the three partners to offer
the South Bay one of the most "family
friendly and delicious" restaurants
502 Pacific Coast Highway Hermosa Beach (424) 247-8468 www.barans2239.com
Matt • (310) 540- 4444
Matt Schatan helped several
of his friends on their
home -based projects, and he
often listened to their suggestions
that he start his own
company. Schatan did just that
in July 1998, using his talents
to make a better living. Handyman
Schatan prospered from
the start. It has meant a lot of
work, but also a lot of satisfaction.
” I am overwhelmed
sometimes with the amount
of work I have,” says Schatan,
noting that he is often answering
the telephone as late
as 10 p.m. Work has been
“busier than expected” and
the rewards have been gratifying.
He is on call from sunup
to sundown. His goal to create
a thriving enterprise has been
The Neighborhood Meeting Place” is not just a slogan, but states the truth about
Hennessey’s Tavern - all 10 of them! Now it their 40TH YEAR serving Irish Hospitality,
owner and founder Paul Hennessey says he’s looking forward to the next 40
It all started on Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, September of 1976 when the first
Hennessey’s Tavern opened for business. At half the size then, this flagship location
has grown westward and up to offer diners spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean
while enjoying great food and drinks. Each Hennessey’s offers a full bar & menu,
serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
Paul Hennessey couldn’t stop with just the one concept. Apart from 10 Hennessey’s
Tavern locations throughout Southern California and Las Vegas, Paul also
proudly owns H.T. Grill, The Lighthouse Café, The Wine Bistro & Whiskey Bar in Dana
Point, and three additional concepts in Las Vegas; LVCS, a live music venue, Brass The
Lounge, a hipster hangout, and Mickie Finnz Fish House & Bar. Most recently Paul
has partnered with 3 of his senior management team, to create Rebel Republic Social
House in the Riviera Village which he’s hoping to take to other City’s in the near future.
Paul Hennessey, married with 3 daughters and 5 grandchildren actively participates
in the daily operations of all 17 of his locations. No matter what, the respected business
& family man promises, when referring to his locations “You always run into
someone you know there”. And that’s what has kept the Irish Hospitality going for
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100 S. International Boardwalk Redondo Beach • (310) 372-6408 • www.qualityseafood.net
uality Seafood was founded in kets on the West Coast. The market
Q1953 by Nick Dragich and his son continues to be family run, with Pete
Peter Dragich Sr. After years of fishing
from Alaska to South America,
Dragich Jr. and Ann Belson at the
they decided to open a market and helms. And recently the 4th generation
of Dragich family members
bring the freshest possible seafood
from the boats directly into Redondo
Beach. Prior to the redevel-
came aboard to help keep things
running smoothly for years to come.
opment of the pier, the Dragich
family owned four separate seafood As Cassie (Dragich) and her husband
markets in Redondo. In 1968 the Jeff Jones recently relocated back to
family combined those markets into the South Bay, together, they foresee
continuing the family legacy of
Quality Seafood Inc., and opened its
current location on the International
Boardwalk, where it remains one of providing a truly unique experience
the largest and finest seafood mar-
and fresh seafood to all.
Hermosa Mexican Restaurant
824 Hermosa Ave. Hermosa Beach (310) 937-5606
riginally from Jalisco, Mex-
the Orozco family specialties, the Orozco family
Borracho Soup, one of their
moved to Los Angeles in the also serves big Breakfast Burritos
all day! They are “happy to
early 80’s. For over 20 years,
Matias and his family have
been in the restaurant business
– in Hermosa Beach for 11 nity” and hope to continue sat-
be of service to the commu-
years. Daughter Myra says “If isfying their customers for
you haven’t seen us, we’re not many years. Open Sun-Mon
surprised!” as their Hermosa
9am-2pm, Tues-Sat 9am-9pm.
Mexican Restaurant is a small,
almost hidden gem. For a Dine in or Take Out. Serving the
small venue, they sure do offer BEST Mexican Cuisine to your
a lot of choices! From Tortas to community for 11 years!
ony’s On The Pier today is known for its fresh seafood, ocean
Tview sunsets and best customer service. Back in 1952, when
Tony Trutanich opened its doors, it had that same positive reputation.
Growing up in San Pedro, Tony was a successful tuna fisherman,
and as the boat Captain, would be out to sea for months
at a time. Just plain “tired of the long hours and extra hard work,”
Tony decided to bring that tuna to the tables of his own restaurant
- Tony’s On The Pier.
With only 20 tables at first, Tony’s On The PIer grew quickly and
was soon frequented by movie stars, as hundreds of photos on
the walls depict. In 1964, Tony added the famous “Top of Tony’s”
where guests, still today, walk up stairs to enjoy the most beautiful
sunsets, full bar, food and live entertainment. His son,
Michael, started working there when he was just 15, as a busboy
and dishwasher, doing anything he could to help his father’s business.
Moving up the ladder to become General Manager, Michael
continued working with his father until he passed away in 2006.
“Dad stayed active all the way to the end,” Michael recalls. “He
taught me everything. I worked for him all my life.”
Retiring two years ago, Michael still works for Tony’s, ordering
all of the seafood, even living in Idaho. He communicates daily
with now GM Regina Fong, who’s been at Tony’s for 39 years. And
that’s not uncommon. In fact, the average employee has worked
there for over 20 years. Downstairs bartender Billy Morgan has
been there for 46 years while upstairs bartender Manny Jimenez
just hit his 37 year anniversary. Tony’s son Michael says his father
was such a “role model” and treated everyone at his restaurant
like family. Today, Tony would be proud as everyone at Tony’s On
The Pier is still his family.
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Seymour’s 97th Birthday with Scott
and his sister Gail
ather and son team, Scott and Seymour
Bilowit, have been owners of
Seymour Jewelers, located in Hermosa
Beach since 1950. Here they are
in a photo above, with sister Gail, on
Seymour’s 97th birthday - this year!
Scott took over from his father with
pride to maintain the long-established
1212 Hermosa Avenue Hermosa Beach
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fine jewelry house thirty years ago.
Both Scott and Seymour have been
long-standing Honorary members of
the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce,
the Hermosa Beach Kiwanis
Club and members of the California
Known locally as “the gem of the
South Bay”, Seymour Jewelers provides
a high level of fine jewelry excellence
with professional friendly
on-site staff, complimentary giftwrapping.
They specialize in custom
creations for unique and personal designs
of heirloom quality. Seymour
Jewelers are purveyors of gold, Tahitian
pearls, and fine diamonds. Also
featuring vintage and estate jewelry,
Seymour’s specializes and caters to
the discerning and avid watch collector.
They buy, sell, trade and consign diamonds,
gold, silver, colored gems and
Rolexes. Offering fine jewelry cleaning,
watch repair and insurance replacement/appraisal
by appointment. Seymour
Jewelers offers full-service
for all your jewelry needs. Seymour
Jeweler’s staff pride themselves on their
outstanding level of quality and distinctive
craftsmanship for their discerning
clientele and the longevity of Seymour’s
fine jewelry business.
ell-known, well-liked and well-re-
in the South Bay restaurant
community, brothers Scotty and Shane
McColgan actually began their South Bay
professions in a different industry. Moving
from Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in
1983, these two brothers began work in
the fitness industry. While Shane was a
tip-top body-builder, owned Pulse Fitness
and Ironworks, Scotty operated
Boxing Works and trained WBO champion
Sammy Fuentes, the “Hermosa Hurricane.”
Their entrance into the
restaurant industry began in 1989
when Shane opened Shark’s Cove in
Hermosa Beach, and then, together,
they opened Club Sushi in ‘96 and
Point 705 in ‘98.
Point 705 was a phenomenal success
story, offering fine dining, a sushi
bar, a jazzy nightclub and live bands -
all in one place. The brothers then
opened another successful venture,
Shark’s Cove in Manhattan Beach,
bringing a sports bar with flatscreens,
full menu and live entertainment to
downtown Manhattan Beach. Since
then, the brothers found opportunities
outside of the beach cities: Shane
partnered with Jason Rath to purchase
The Crest in Torrance while
Scotty, with his wife Melinda, run Kings
Cove at El Segundo’s Toyota Sports
After their father Mickey passed
away in 2012, Shane built and opened
Mickey McColgan’s in honor of their
father, “to carry on his legacy.” Brothers
Scotty and Shane owe much of
their success to their father. “Such a
hard worker, MIckey would do anything
for us.” Seeing the McColgan
brothers’ success today, their father
surely did a great job.
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Mickey McColgan’s 934 Hermosa Ave. Hermosa Beach (310) 372-9700 www.mickeymccolgans.com
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King’s Cove 555 N Nash St. El Segundo (310) 414-4022 www.kingscovebar.com
riginally from Guadalajara, Mexico, Rafael
OSolorzano has been in the food industry for
over 30 years. As Executive Chef of PV Grill and
Salsa Verdes, Chef Solorzano specializes in catering
to groups from 30 to over 300. He serves a
variety of international cuisine, including Italian,
French, Asian, American and his native, Mexican.
Currently catering at weekly meetings for the Kiwanis
Club of Hermosa Beach, he also prepares
food for worthwhile fundraising events throughout
the year, such as Cancer Support Community’s
Celebrate Wellness Food & Wine Tasting
Event and Adrienne’s Search for Children’s Cancer
Cure hosted by the Woman’s Club of Hermosa
At his PV Grill restaurant in the Lunada Bay area,
Chef Solorzano delights diners with specialties like
Prime Steaks, Fresh Fish & Homemade Pastas.
Salsa Verdes offers a festive selection of traditional
Mexican choices. With free parking and a
great selection of Beer and Wine, this location is
also the perfect place for private parties!
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The sports viewing at King’s Cove only seems like virtual reality. Photo by Brad Jacobson (CivicCouch.com)
by Richard Foss
The food at King’s Cove rivals the best sports bars, but its sports viewing is unrivaled
We were halfway through lunch when I
was transfixed by an astonishing display
of grace and athleticism. An ice
dancer glided across the rink in a wide arc and
then performed a dazzling series of leaps and
spins. Some of the people watching gasped, while
others who were used to the spectacle murmured
or nodded in appreciation.
We weren’t in a sports bar, and we weren’t
watching TV. We were at at King’s Cove, a restaurant
inside the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo,
where professional skaters, including the
NHL Kings train.
The place has different character at different
times. It’s a walk-up counter by day, a restaurant
after 4 p.m. when the bar area opens. By day the
food counter is hard to find. There’s no sign visible
and you find it down a corridor by the closed
bar. In the evening there is table service, but by
day you stand in line to order and take your food
to one of the tables overlooking the ice rinks.
The counter opens at 8 a.m. On our first visit
we tried two breakfasts – the Hawaiian sweet
bread French toast and a cheese and vegetable
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omelet. The presentation was unimpressive because
everything is packed in to-go containers,
but both were good. I’m not generally a fan of
Hawaiian sweet bread, but it makes good French
toast and this had a little cinnamon in the batter
to add another layer of flavor. The omelet was
well made, generously stuffed, and came with
crisp potatoes. It covered all the bases, too.
The other selections on that visit were a Santa
Fe chicken sandwich, a Greek salad, and a cup
of chicken tortilla soup. There’s not much room
for creativity in a Greek salad and this one was
just what it was supposed to be. But the other two
items exceeded our expectations. The tortilla soup
was warmly spicy, a chicken broth with just
enough chile and cumin to be interesting right to
the bottom of the cup. It was topped with cheese
and tortilla strips, but not the cilantro that is traditional.
This is the kind of thing that is a great
winter warmer, and since it’s always winter out
on the ice I’d imagine they sell a lot of it.
The Santa Fe sandwich put similar flavors between
slices of bread, though the spicing was
more emphatic. There was real heat and smoky
flavor in the sauce that bound together the
chicken, caramelized onions, and roasted peppers.
The cheese and avocado that were also on
board put plenty of variety in every bite. I’d have
happily had one of these even without the show
on the ice, and with the continuous show factored
in, King’s Cove became a destination to
A few days later we took a visitor and her
teenage daughter who were in town for the holiday
weekend. This time one of the rinks by the
dining area was occupied by figure skating students,
while at the other end hockey players practiced
shooting goals from unlikely distances. We
chose the view of the figure skaters and watched
raptly, sometimes delighted by their grace and
sometimes wincing as a difficult move resulted
in a fall to the ice.
This time we ordered a turkey burger, cheesesteak
sandwich, and a Los Angeles Lakers pizza.
(Since we were at the home base for the LA Kings
I considered the pizza named after that team, but
it involves Canadian bacon, pineapple, and
jalapenos, and I just don’t think pineapple be-
longs on pizza.) The Lakers pizza was topped with chicken, spicy barbecue
sauce, mozzarella, red onions, and cilantro. Mine was a bit over-sauced so
it was a tasty mess. The sauce had a nice blend of sweetness and spice,
and the medium-thick crust was firm and had a bit of crispness so that it
held together. Pizzas take a bit longer than other items, but this was worth
The cheesesteaks were surprisingly good, the seasoned meat tossed with
bell peppers that were sautéed just long enough to bring out the sweetness
but preserve some texture. It was made with white cheddar rather than
the traditional provolone or American, and the slightly more assertive flavor
was an asset. It was slightly under-stuffed but delicious.
There was no question of the turkey burger being undersized. It was a
full half-pound of meat with all the usual fixings. The person who ordered
it chose a side salad rather than fries. It was a varied mix of lettuces,
tomato, and cucumber. If you are health conscious this combination could
be the way to go, because it was filling without being heavy.
The kale salad was slightly out of balance, with a huge amount of
chopped kale topped with fresh strawberry slices, but not enough of the
almonds and cheese. The 0lemon-poppy dressing was a smart choice to
complement the rest of the ingredients, but if I order this again I’d ask for
extra cheese and a few more almonds.
Wine and a selection of beers are offered, but on both visits we had soft
drinks and their house-brewed ice tea. Had the coffee offered free refills
we might have nursed them and stayed even longer to watch the show.
Was we only left as soon as we did because we had another appointment.
I plan to return to King’s Cove when the bar is open and there is table
service, but it’s a destination for the whole family no matter what time
you go. If you have ever enjoyed watching the grace of humans on ice, or
the speed and power of a hockey game, turn off your television and go
watch it in real time. You can ditch the chips and dip you’d have at home
and dine in style.
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Mira Costa High School junior
focuses on beach volleyball and
a future at UCLA
by Randy Angel
Racing down the slopes on her
snowboard, 10-year-old Piper
Monk-Heidrich was doing her
best to keep up with older sister Indigo,
an Olympic hopeful training for a berth
on the U.S. Snowboarding 2014 Winter
But when the aches and pains suffered
by falling on the hard-packed snow began
to take their toll, coupled with a growth
spurt, Piper decided to change sports.
Although Monk-Heidrich swam and
played soccer and volleyball as a young
girl, she had been picked up by Burton
Smallz as a snowboarder when she was
only seven years old, riding for the Burton
By the time she was nine years old,
Monk-Heidrich was so tall that she outgrew
the Burton youth clothing, forcing
her to have Burton’s outerwear specially
tailored for her so that she could model
in their photo shoots on the mountain.
She had also been playing beach and
club volleyball, but just for fun.
Athletic genes run in her family. Older
brother Julian, 24, was a standout water
polo player at Mira Costa. Indigo, 21, was
a professional snowboarder before an
ankle injury cut short her career and
younger brother Slater, 13 played soccer
and swam for the Dolphins Swim Team
in Manhattan Beach although his true
passion is playing bass in a rock band.
“When I was 12, I began to take volleyball
seriously,” Monk-Heidrich said. “It
became a great passion of mine.”
She played indoor volleyball for acclaimed
coach Joy McKienzie-Fuerbringer
at Mizuno Long Beach and during
her first two years of high school for Mira
Costa’s storied indoor program.
“Playing indoor helped me with the basics
like serving, passing and the proper
form in setting, which translated to my
beach game,” Monk-Heidrich said. “I
learned a lot last year even though I was
playing middle blocker, which was a new
position for me. I pulled a ligament in my
right elbow at the end of the season,
which took me out of beach training for
a few months.”
As she prepares to enter her junior year
(she turns 17 on July 27), Monk-Heidrich
has opted to forego the indoor game to
focus on her beach volleyball career in
preparation for college. She has committed
to play beach volleyball at UCLA.
“Beach is not as specialized as indoor
volleyball,” Monk-Heidrich explained.
“You have to learn every aspect of the
game in beach volleyball, plus the atmosphere
is much freer and more laid back.
You get to choose your own partner and
the tournaments you want to play in.”
Standing 6-foot tall with a reach of 7-
foot-11, Monk-Heidrich played a key role for
Mira Costa’s girls beach volleyball team. It
captured its fourth consecutive Interscholastic
Beach Volleyball League (IBVL) championship
Monk-Heidrich and partner senior Emma
Smith were the Mustang’s No. 1 team for head
coach and 2000 Olympic gold medalist Eric
Fonoimoana. The duo also won the IBVL Pairs
“Winning the IBVL was so exciting for me,”
Monk-Heidrich said. “Mira Costa has such a
great tradition in beach volleyball so to continue
the winning streak was a fantastic feeling.
Also, winning the Pairs Championship
with Emma Smith was so much fun. It was
great to have the opportunity to play with such
a talented partner.”
On April 14, Monk-Heidrich won the Mira
Costa Queen of the Beach tournament besting
Mustang teammates Maddie Micheletti and
Lea Ungar who placed second and third, respectively.
Monk-Heidrich became the first
Mira Costa players to have her name inscribed
twice on the Mira Costa Beach Legacy Trophy.
Monk-Heidrich also trains with Elite Beach
Volleyball, a program run by Fonoimoana. It
includes beach volleyball Olympians Holly
McPeak and Barbra Fontana, who serve as
coaches and mentors.
“It’s been a great experience and I feel very
fortunate to work with three Olympians who
all have different views, so I gain something
from each one of them,” Monk-Heidrich said.
“Every aspect of my game has improved. The
coaches are very inspirational and continue to
help me prepare for the next level of competition.
Having Eric as a coach on the Mira Costa
team and at Elite, has been a big plus for me,
providing the opportunity to play with and
against the top young players in the game.”
Fonoimoana is excited to see Monk-Heidrich’s
development on the sand, noting her
strengths of siding-out and blocking.
“Piper is a good teammate and easy to play
with,” Fonoimoana said. “She has a great demeanor
for the game, not getting too emotional
when she is winning or losing. She is a well
rounded player. I tell Stein (Metzger), the
coach at UCLA, that he is going to be very
happy with her. She has a bright future and I
get two more years to teach her what I know.”
Monk-Heidrich, who feels her strong hitting
and play at the net are her biggest assets,
began to make a name for herself on the sand
in 2013 when she won 11 California Beach
Volleyball Association (CBVA) tournaments in
the girls U14 and U16 divisions.
In 2014, she won two USAV tournaments
and had nine second-place finishes in the U16
division. She also won a silver medal at the
AAU Junior National Championships.
Moving up to the U18 division in 2015,
Monk-Heidrich won two USAV tournaments
and was runner-up twice. She also captured
three AAU championships.
She finished second in the U18 division at
Piper Monk-Heidrich feels she is strongest at the net, both hitting and, pictured here, blocking.
Photo by Kat Monk
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the AAU Southern Pacific District Championships on June 5 while partnering
with Huntington Beach’s Cami Sanchez. Last weekend, she competed
in the AAU Junior National Championship in Hermosa Beach.
Monk-Heidrich and Sanchez will team-up again when they attempt to
qualify for the Main Draw at the prestigious Manhattan Beach Open July
14-17. Ranked No. 14 and No. 15, respectively, the girls are the second- and
third-ranked players from California in the USAV Girls U18 national rankings.
“Cami and I have played against each other since we were young girls,”
Monk-Heidrich said. “We’re on the USA Beach Volleyball High Performance
team together and will both be playing at UCLA. Qualifying for the Main
Draw is really difficult, so our hopes of making the Main Draw aren’t too
high. All of the teams are amazing so the experience of playing against such
high competition is what matters most.”
Along with winning the USAV High Performance Championships, Monk-
Heidrich has the goal of winning the CBVA Cal Cup, to be held in Manhattan
Beach Aug. 20-21. She will have four local tournaments including
Dockweiler (July 24) and Hermosa Beach (Aug. 20-21) to earn an automatic
berth with a championship.
“Winning the Cal Cup is a goal of every player,” Monk-Heidrich said.
“You’re playing against the best in California, which always produces top
beach volleyball players. I just want to keep improving, getting to that level
where I can step right in and help the Bruins my freshman year.”
Monk-Heidrich said the highlight of her beach volleyball career has been
making the USAN High Performance team the last five years, joining
Sanchez as a member of this year’s Girls U19 Youth Beach National Team.
Her mother Kat Monk has her own favorite memory.
“Pip has just finished seventh grade and she was playing in a CBVA AA
tournament just for practice with a new partner (Mima Mirkovic),” Monk
said. “It was a very hot day and every top-ranked youth team was there, as
well as many adult teams. After they lost in pool play, it wasn’t looking very
good. However, once playoffs started they played out of their minds and
won the tourney, earning their AAA ranking. The tourney started at 8:30
a.m. and we left the beach at 8 p.m. I was so proud of her.”
Choosing UCLA was a no-brainer for someone who also wants to attend
“Ever since I was six years old I have wanted to go to UCLA, so there
were no other colleges I even considered,” Monk-Heidrich said. “The campus
is beautiful and I really like the Westwood area. They have great academic
and athletic programs and Stein Metzger is a great coach.”
Her mom completely supported her decision.
”I couldn’t be happier for her,” Monk said. “Not only will she be going to
UCLA but her coach, Stein Metzger, is one of her favorite coaches. Playing
indoor for many years she learned through that process exactly what type
of coach she would like to play for in college and Stein embodies what she
is looking for in a coach.”
Monk-Heidrich hopes to contribute immediately to the Bruin’s beach volleyball
program, eventually playing professionally and possibly having the
opportunity to represent the U.S. in the Olympics.
Meanwhile, she will be focused on her other passion of filmmaking.
“I love directing and film editing,” Monk-Heidrich said. “I directed a fiveminute
film for my final film class project at Mira Costa, I wrote the script,
cast the actors and picked the settings. It was so much fun but a lot of work.
It took about two weeks just to edit the film.”
Maintaining a 3.5 GPA, Monk-Heidrich enjoys reading, particularly history
and, of course watching films. She credits her mother, an accomplished
photographer and owner of Kat Monk Studio, as being the major influence
in her life.
“She is such a strong, confident and independent woman,” Monk-Heidrich
said. “She has been so supportive of me and my siblings allowing us
to choose our passions in life.”
Monk attributes her children’s abilities to having had the opportunity to
discover at a young age what they preferred to do after being exposed to a
variety of activities.
“When I was growing up my mom, a single mom, was not able to help
me discover that photography was my passion, so it wasn’t until I finished
my master’s degree in political science that I decided to give up everything
and follow my passion,” Monk said. “I always just wanted to allow my children
to discover their passion early – whether it be volleyball, water polo,
snowboarding or music. I allowed their individual personalities to rise to
the surface.” B
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