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Dogz Return

You cannot keep a good dog down, as they say, and that’s certainly true for Dogz Bar and Grill.

The Belmont Shore business reopened this month after being closed for more than two years, first to repair damage caused by a hydrant flood and then again for destruction caused by arson. It first opened in 2011.

Owner Rod Frontino said the place is back and better than ever, with modernizations that include sliding glass doors, more windows facing Glendora Avenue, higher ceilings, a sparkling kitchen, televisions, modern bathrooms and a redesigned dog-friendly patio. The back take-out window will remain as it was before.

“It’s been a long, tough road, but the business was worth fighting for,” he said. “The community missed it and was looking forward to having it back.”

Frontino, a versatile businessman who was born and raised in Long Beach, has said from the start of Dogz that his goal has been to create a bright and welcoming family-style restaurant by day and a fun bar and grill by night at 5300 E. Second St.

Frontino, a true Long Beach restaurateur, also announced that he’s close to opening Jade Restaurant in Marina Pacifica (formerly Forbidden City). He anticipates an opening within the next two months.

Westin Revamp

A $23 million renovation of the Westin Long Beach is underway and set to be unveiled this summer.

Part of the improvements include the addition of a restaurant and bar called Navy Proof Food & Spirits, plus a coffeehouse called Bluestone Lane. California coastal-themed modernizations and art installations are being added to the lobby, guest rooms and public spaces at 333 E. Ocean Blvd.

“Transformations like the one we are currently going through bring a new, fresh dynamic to the overall cityscape of Long Beach but also instill a sense of pride for our loyal team members who have been with us since the beginning,” according to Westin Long Beach Managing Director John Thompson. “For the community and guests alike, the Westin’s new spaces will set the tone for an innovative way to gather, interact and connect.”

The Westin, originally built in 1988, includes 469 guest rooms and suites being redesigned by architect Houston Tyner and designer Vanrooy Creative Group.

For details or reservations, call (562) 436-3000.

Fresh Cut

The Next Level Barber Studio will take its first snips Sunday during its grand opening at 4494 California Place.

Started by Master Barber Percy Burries and his wife, Yvonne, the studio will host a celebration from 2 to 6 p.m. April 28, in the Bixby Knolls Shopping Center, where it will offer services for men, women and children.

Eight barbers and two stylists will have booths within the studio, where the motto is: “Taking haircuts and styles to the next level.”

“We want to become a trusted haven where our clients can come and renew their personal images, replenish their energy and network with members of the community," the owners stated.

Call (562) 423-2700 for details.

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