Cohn Restaurant Group Expands North to the Historic Downtown Long Beach District with an Expansive Two-Story Restaurant & Rooftop Beer Garden on Pine Avenue
After months of anticipation, David and Lesley Cohn of Southern California’s Cohn Restaurant Group (The Prado at Balboa Park, C-Level & Island Prime, Corvette Diner, to name a few) are pleased to announce the official opening of BO-beau kitchen + roof tap, an expansive two-story restaurant and rooftop beer garden located in heart of Long Beach, California. Situated at 144 Pine Ave in downtown’s historic district, BO-beau is the first venture in Los Angeles County for the husband and wife restaurateurs, who own and operate more than 21 of San Diego’s most celebrated venues and have led an award winning team for the past 33 years.
Boasting nearly 14,000 square feet of space with a “bohemian industrial chic” aesthetic, BO-beau kitchen + roof tap is a re-defined extension of the Cohns’ original BO-beau project, which launched to critical acclaim in San Diego’s Ocean Beach neighborhood in 2010 and has been one of San Diego’s most sought after tables ever since.
“BO-beau kitchen + roof tap has been a true labor of love for all of us, we are definitely ready to bring our award winning food and service to downtown Long Beach,” says Operations Manager James Stephenson. “This expansion into the Long Beach market has been a long time coming – years in the making – and the community could not be more warm and welcoming.”
MENU: The menu features a modern twist on Cal-French classics, signature dishes from the original BO-beau project, as well as composed plates and shared-style offerings. Refined, yet approachable, dishes include the Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta, Parmesan and Balsamic, a Boeuf Bourguignon with Mushrooms, Pearl Onions and Fingerling Potatoes, as well as Brown Butter Seared Scallops with Pear-Marscarpone Ravioli. A custom-built wood stone oven also delivers a selection of flatbreads adorned with seasonal ingredients in the downstairs area. Upstairs, roof tap features a stand-alone kitchen and a modified menu, showcasing more casual offerings to complement the diverse beer portfolio. Roof tap menu items include Ballast Point Pale Ale Fried Chicken, Salted Caramel Kettle Corn, and Freshly Baked Bavarian Jumbo Pretzels.
EXECUTIVE CHEF: One of the region’s up-and-coming female chefs, Katherine Humphus, leads BO-beau kitchen + roof tap as the Executive Chef. A native San Diegan, Humphus mastered her culinary talents in a variety of kitchens, spending time studying under well-known chefs such as Thomas Keller of Napa’s famed The French Laundry and Wylie Dufresne of New York City’s molecular gastronomy-driven WD-50. Incorporating the flavors and fare of numerous countries known for their deep culinary roots, she honed her skills at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France with Le Grand Diplome in Cuisine & Pastry. Upon her return to Southern California and the subsequent opening of the premier BO-beau in 2010, the Ocean Beach venue was met with immediate fanfare, and Humphus was recognized for her bold flavors and modern, fresh take on classic French dishes. Katherine was also instrumental in the Cohns’ opening of the successful 100 Wines Kitchen + Bar in San Diego in 2012, and has taken home such accolades as “Best Local Chef” from Ranch & Coast, “Top Female Chef” by Riviera Magazine and “Chef of the Year” finalist for U-T San Diego.
DESIGN: The bohemian-meets-industrial chic venue is designed in partnership withSpacecraft, the high-profile hospitality design and construction firm based in Los Angeles. Taking inspiration from the rustic Provencal design of the San Diego flagship location, BO-beau kitchen + roof tap embodies a slightly more industrial feel. The exterior of the 1930’s art deco era building is restored to its original glory while the inside space mimics a contemporary warehouse–with exposed rafters housing slow-moving oversized fans, deconstructed brick arches and custom metal work throughout. The downstairs space, BO-beau kitchen, features a stylish high-design dining room, as well as an expansive 50-person bar and lounge. The second-story, roof tap–a play-on-words-title inspired by the 2,800 square foot open-air roof deck–is a convivial beer garden with peekaboo views to the street below.
BEVERAGE PROGRAM: BO-beau kitchen + roof tap features 50 rotating taps: 46 draught taps with an emphasis on craft breweries, 2 taps dedicated to house-made keg cocktails, and 2 taps featuring select wines. In addition to the eclectic beer and tap lineup, the venue presents a handcrafted cocktail menu, as well as an extensive vodka bar with over 100 varieties to choose from. BO-beau also features a “social hour” both upstairs and downstairs in the bar areas from 4:30-6pm (M-F), offering $4 well cocktails, $4 select wines and $4 select draught beers.
ABOUT BO-BEAU KITCHEN + ROOF TAP:
Located at 144 Pine Ave in the heart of downtown Long Beach’s historical district, BO-beau kitchen + roof tap opened its doors in May 2014. Raising the bar on the local dining scene with its “bohemian industrial chic” aesthetic, the restored 1930’s-era art deco building boasts nearly 14,000 square feet including the downstairs BO-beau kitchen as well as the second-story roof tap–a play-on-words-title inspired by the open-air roof deck with 50 beer/wine/cocktails on tap. An extension of the original BO-beau wildly popular location in San Diego, BO-beau kitchen + roof tap is the first Southern California venture into Los Angeles County for the renowned Cohn Restaurant Group. The menu, led by Executive Chef Katherine Humphus (BO-beau kitchen + bar, The French Laundry, WD-50), features a modern twist on Cal-French classics, signature dishes from the original BO-beau, as well as composed plates and shared-style offerings. A custom-built wood stone oven also delivers a selection of flatbreads adorned with seasonal ingredients in the downstairs area. Upstairs, roof tap features a stand-alone kitchen and a modified menu, showcasing more casual offerings to complement the diverse beer portfolio. BO-beau kitchen + roof tap features 50 rotating taps with an emphasis on craft breweries. In addition to the eclectic beer lineup, roof tap presents a handcrafted cocktail menu, as well as an extensive vodka bar with over 100 varieties to choose from. BO-beau will also feature a “social hour” both upstairs and downstairs from 4:30-6 p.m. on weekdays, offering $4 well cocktails, $4 select wines and $4 select draught beers. BO-beau is open 7 days a week: kitchen (downstairs) daily at 4:30 p.m. and roof tap (upstairs) is open at 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Saturday & Sunday at 2 p.m. To connect with BO-beau, please visit www.facebook.com/bobeaurooftap, or www.dinecrg.com.
ABOUT COHN RESTAURANT GROUP:
Over the past 33 years, David and Lesley Cohn have brought dining to a new level as the premier hospitality collective in San Diego. Beginning with one small diner in 1982, Cohn Restaurant Group now owns and operates 21+ restaurants within the San Diego area and two locations in Maui. While each restaurant varies wildly in terms of cuisine, ambiance and design aesthetic, they all share the same philosophy–they are “obsessed with hospitality.” Each restaurant has gained respect through numerous awards and accolades, including multiple San Diego Gold Medallion Awards, Restaurateur of the Year, Gaslamp Quarter Association Lamplighter Awards, and various honors from local publications and philanthropic organizations. Believing in the importance of giving back to the community, David and Lesley have been recognized for their strong community and industry support, including the National Restaurant Association’s “2014 Restaurant Neighbor Award,” California Restaurant Association’s “2013 Restaurant Neighbor Award,” Gaslamp Quarter Historic Association’s “Vision Award,” the San Diego Press Club’s “Entrepreneurs of the Year” Award, the San Diego City Schools for exemplary Support and Commitment to Partnerships in Education and the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Market Place Ethics. For more information about Cohn Restaurant Group please visit www.dinecrg.com or call 619-236-1299.