Walt’s Return

Walt’s Wharf, 201 Main St. in Seal Beach, will be reopening soon with outside dining. Per their recent social media post, Mona and Brenda Babcock said, “Same owners ... The Babcocks and limited menu but all the favorites will be there — ESPECIALLY the artichoke.”

Lining Up

Somi Somi, the new soft serve ice cream shop at 3900 Atlantic Ave. (next door to Ramen Hub) in Bixby Knolls has opened. Since opening on Oct. 9, locals report a steady of line of customers waiting to try the frozen treat. The website offers a description: “We serve a special Korean dessert known as ‘Ah-Boong,' a fish-shaped waffle cone filled with your choice of filling and topped with soft serve.”

Bixby Outdoors

The Allery (Art-Alley) at Atlantic and Burlinghall is open. Diners can now order food and drink options from EJ's Pub, Dutch’s Brewhouse, Bixby’s Brooklyn Deli, or Wood & Salt Tavern (special BBQ menu) and eat outdoors in a creative space filled with artwork.

The Long Beach Community Foundation provided the grant that paid for the new furniture, signage, and other equipment to create this outdoor dining experience.

Zero Emissions

The Port of Long Beach continues to live up to its moniker as a Green Port.

Just recently one of the container shipping terminals started using new, zero-emissions cargo-handling tractors to test the readiness of the equipment to handle the workload at the port. The Port’s Pier G is operated by International Transportation Service and they are testing the use of battery-electric yard tractors for one year.

“We need equipment that can make it through an entire shift, with recharging during breaks,” Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero said. “That’s one of the requirements for zero-emissions equipment to demonstrate that it can function in a real-world environment. Alongside partners like ITS, we are leading the industry to a more sustainable future.”

According to port officials, the project is part of a $9.7 million grant awarded by the California Energy Commission, which involves the design or creation of 21 new or converted electric cargo handling vehicles. The grant covered the bulk of project costs that will help the Port of Long Beach meet its goal of a zero-emissions cargo handling fleet by 2030.

Downtown

"Quarantine Halloween" is an on-line event offering a Virtual Taste of Downtown. It will stream live on Facebook from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23. The link for more information is:\ //fb.me/e/48jacKQA7.

The event will encourage viewers to celebrate Spooky Season at home while their favorite Downtown businesses go live entertaining viewers with a variety of Halloween tricks and treats.

No tricks

With trick or treat activities on hold, 31% of all adults have plans to stash some of their favorite candy away for themselves, according to a recent poll conducted by Morning Consult on behalf of the National Confectioners Association.

The same poll found 79% of parents fess-up they have taken candy from their children after a night of trick-or-treating.

Carbo-loading

October is National Pasta Month, and Oct. 17 is National Pasta Day. Long Beach has plenty of pasta options.

On line reviews offer some options to celebrate, including Fettuccine at Wood & Salt Tavern on Atlantic Avenue in Bixby Knolls, and Ricci's Italian Restaurant for its spaghetti. The Italian comfort food restaurant was formerly a Long Beach gem but has recently moved further down into Bellflower, at 16601 Bellflower Blvd.

Oi Asian Fusion at 6600 Atlantic Ave. opened in Uptown in September specializing in Asian fusion style rice bowls — an alternative to pasta.

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