swan boats

Swan boats are lined up and ready to go.

Sweet Spot?

The storefront at 5305 E. Second St., where Paradis Ice Cream was located in Belmont Shore, will soon be a Cinnaholic. The shop will offer create-your-own cinnamon rolls, that are fresh-baked and 100% vegan, dairy and lactose-free, egg-free and cholesterol-free.

According to James McLean, the franchisee, the shop will open in late April or early May. In 2014, Shark Tank star Robert Herjavec, who internet sources claim to be worth in excess of $100 million, became one of the early investors in Cinnaholic, in a deal cut on national TV. (Owners Florian and Shannon Radke negotiated a $200,000 investment for 40% of the company.)

Customers select from a variety of toppings to customize their cinnamon rolls that cost about $5 each, according to the company’s website.

Tennessee Jack’s

Last October, Anaheim Street’s Red Leprechaun, located in the Zaferia neighborhood, sold after a successful seven year run. Owner and founder Tracy Ames reported this week that the new owners are currently remodeling the pub and restaurant space that will reopen as Tennessee Jack’s — with a Nashville theme.

Ames, who is currently consulting for a hotel group near Los Angeles Airport (LAX), said she will continue to be active in the industry sharing her knowledge as a consultant and added, “I am still the president of the Zaferia Business District and actively involved locally, including the Coalition of Business Alliances (COBA) for the city of Long Beach.”

Tennessee Jack’s should be open early this summer.

Ruth’s Chris

Steakhouse chain Ruth’s Chris Steak House will be on the ground floor of the office building at 180 E. Ocean Blvd. in downtown Long Beach, directly adjacent to the Convention Center walkway near Pine Avenue.

Completed in 1984, the 12-story building has a granite-clad lobby and octagonal floor plates. Most recently the property was owned by the Salvation Army, who sold the office tower in August 2018 to Thrifty Oil. According to local residents, sections of the first floor were a tea room when the building first opened.

Ruth’s Chris has yet to announce an opening date. Currently, there is a Ruth’s Chris in Anaheim, and former employee Sami Zuhour said, “Long Beach was on the restaurant chain’s radar for many years, they were just waiting for the right location and found it on Ocean.”

Swan Boats

Swan boat rentals launched last week in downtown Long Beach at Rainbow Lagoon near the corner of Shoreline Drive and Pine Avenue. Tourists and locals will now have the opportunity to paddle the lagoon by swan boat.

The new swan boats come in two sizes, the large swan boat seats up to five guests, while the small swan boat seats two adults and two young children. All boats come equipped with a Bimini top for sun shade.

Guests can bring food and drinks aboard the swan boats (no alcohol or large coolers allowed), and life jackets are included.

Also premiering at Rainbow Lagoon are the popular Swan Boat Night Rides, with the swans glowing with LED lights that are mounted onto the sides and neck.

Social List

The Social List’s Havana Nights will be celebrating its fourth anniversary and this year’s kick-off is today, Thursday, March 12. The restaurant is located in Retro Row at 2105 E. Fourth St.

The Cuban theme will continue on the second Thursday of every month this year. Sponsored by Copalli Rum, the evening includes food, music and beverages in support of the theme.

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