Coffee lovers are lamenting the closure of the popular Peet’s Coffee, set to shutter its Belmont Shore location on Friday, Jan. 25.
The Bay area-based Peet’s first opened Second Street’s corner coffeehouse in the summer of 2003 (taking over the former home of Chipotle, and before that Johnny Rockets, and before that Howie’s Market) at 5246 E. Second St.
Coffee has been popular in Belmont Shore for a long time — with Peet’s always directly across the street from the Starbucks (at the time of its opening, there were actually two Starbucks locations on Second Street), and it competed with longtime local favorite Polly’s Gourmet Coffee, which has been just down the street since 1976.
Whatever the reason for Peet’s closure, there are still plenty of veteran shops and newcomers on the scene for its fans to migrate to: from the recently opened Vibes Café on the Peninsula to the popular Aroma di Roma, which has been around for more than 15 years.
Crave The Dates
SoCal foodies can meet, eat and repeat during the annual Dine Out Long Beach, Restaurant Week 2.0 happening only a month from now. Mark your calendars for Feb. 24 through March 2.
It’s a seven-day event where diners can enjoy two-course brunches and lunches starting at $10 or three-course dinners or small plates starting at $20.
More than 50 restaurants from across the city, representing casual to fine dining, are participating in the effort sponsored by the Grunion Gazette and organized by public relations expert Elizabeth Borsting.
The first two nights during Dine Out Long Beach participating restaurants have the option to be partnered with a local nonprofit organization with 10 percent of the evening’s sales donated to the charity’s cause.
For details, visit DineOutLongBeach.com.
Time To Bake
There’s still time to sign up for the Homemade Chocolate Dessert Contest, part of the 15th Annual Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival set for Saturday, Feb. 9.
Registration is open for the best chocolate desserts worthy of awards, according to Belmont Shore Business Association Executive Director Dede Rossi.
The BSBA organizes the festival, and Rossi said the Homemade Chocolate Dessert Contest is a community tradition. A panel of judges will sample the desserts and choose winners in three categories: Chocolate Cakes & Pies; Chocolate Cookies & Brownies; and Unique Chocolate Treats.
Contest entrants pay $10 per dish. Signups are available on the BSBA website.
Besides the dessert contest, the festival allows attendees to purchase tickets to exchange for sweet samples from more than 25 participating businesses. There’s also a Hof’s Hut Chocolate Pie Eating Contest.