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Ninth District Councilman Rex Richardson, right, accepts a giant check earlier this month from Natasha Mata, Wells Fargo West Region President, while Darick Simpson, Community Action Partnership executive director, looks on.

Three new restaurants will make their way to North Long Beach as part of the forthcoming Uptown Commons shopping center.

Frontier Real Estate Investments announced Monday, July 22, that customers can expect to find hot chicken, ramen and Asian fusion options at the development when it opens early next year at the northeast corner of Atlantic Avenue and Artesia Boulevard. Construction began June 10 at the site.

Main Chick, a night market pop-up known for its Nashville-style hot chicken, will open its second permanent location — a shipping container post in a shared patio — in the new development, after it first opens next month in Pasadena.

Uptown Commons also will be home to the second location of the ramen bar Shomi Noods, which will offer sit-down service. The joint’s original location is in Chino.

And the fast-casual Oi Asian Fusion, which offers rice bowls, buns and tacos, will open its fifth Southern California spot in the North Long Beach development. Like Main Chick, it will also be housed in a shipping container.

Developers previously announced a Chase Bank, a Starbucks and a Wendy’s would also open up in the shopping center. One more sit-down restaurant will join the project, but that tenant has yet to be named.

“Uptown Commons represents a watershed moment for North Long Beach, filling voids that our residents have been feeling for years,” Ninth District City Councilman Rex Richardson said in a statement.

“Thanks to my partnership with the visionary developers at Frontier Real Estate Investments,” Richardson added, “the center — nearly a decade in the making — will include the community’s first bank, drive-through coffee, and an array of new eateries.”

Urban Commons is one of several developments or redevelopments either underway or planned in the North Long Beach area. At what now is called Harding Plaza, a redevelopment called The Uptown will include a Tierra Mia Coffee and BurgerIM at the intersection of Atlantic and Harding Street. More development is expected around the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library further south on Atlantic Avenue.

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