A Japanese-inspired tavern opened its doors in Bixby Knolls.
Called Tokyo Guild, the the restaurant seats 55 guests and offers a small menu of Japanese American fusion bites and cocktails.
Founder Takashi Sada (who is also behind Redondo Beach's restaurant Japonica), said that he first planned on opening the restaurant with a focus on ramen, but later changed his mind.
"Long Beach is very diverse, so I thought it was better to have a restaurant that was more diverse than just ramen," he said.
The Bixby Knolls restaurant will feature "sandos," sandwiches made with fluffy shokupan (milk bread) and slices of meat, cheese and for a sweet sando, fruit and cream. Gastropub favorites like brussel sprouts and wings also made the menu, each with a Japanese twist.
But fear not, Tokyo Guild's menu will still include Tonkatsu Ramen (pork) and Tan Tan Ramen (beef). Sada said that the menu will include vegetarian options as well.
"So I wanted to create something new and serve traditional food in a modern concept, so it's both authentic and new," he said. "My hope is that the Long Beach people will enjoy it," Sada said.
On the menu, Ramen is about $11 and sandwiches are about $8 each, he said, adding that the menu might change slightly within the first few weeks as Sada and his team of chefs monitor how patrons respond to the menu items.
And as for the Bixby Knolls location, Sada added that he couldn't have picked a better spot.
"I would come here (to Long Beach) to try coffee and the new ramen spots," he said. "Long Beach appreciates new things here, so I thought Bixby Knolls was the way to go with the Tokyo Guild concept."
Currently there is no website for the restaurant, but Instagram users can check out their profile at instagram.com/thetokyoguild.
Tokyo Guild is at 4260 Atlantic Ave.