19 New Shops And Restaurants Coming To Pacific City
Just a few blocks south of the Huntington Beach Pier sits the ongoing 11-acre construction site of a city within a city. It answers to the name Pacific City, one of city's very early titles, and it promises boutique restaurant and retail gems come November 2015. News of tenants like Santa Monica's The Bungalow, Ways & Means Oyster House, Lemonade, Bear Flag Fish Company, Simmzy's, Ola, and Equinox have already been announced, and we have more than a dozen newcomers to introduce.
What is the American dream meal, you ask? Why, it's burgers, beers, and fries, of course! Promising authentic, innovative burgers with a twist, the Lot 579 anchor will also pour more than 60 IPA brews. Lot 579 is an artisanal community at Pacific City featuring homegrown food vendors and other merchants.
Backhouse Yakitori + Sushi
Poised to enter the scene as the first Orange County location of this Los Angeles-based Japanese restaurant, Backhouse will plate fresh sushi and sashimi and authentic robata style Yakitori in an open kitchen design. Huntington Beach will be added to its location roster, alongside West Los Angeles, Burbank, and Koreatown. Happy hour specials are also on the menu.
The culinary visionaries behind Orange County's The Burnt Truck, think gourmet sliders, and Burntzilla, a marriage of The Burnt Truck and Dogzilla, are opening their first gourmet sandwich shop at Pacific City. Pulling from the traditional deli, the eatery will offer housemade slow-roasted and braised meats, brined and pickled vegetables and fruits, hand-cut sides and fresh condiments, and warm artisanal bread.
Old Crow Smokehouse
Chicago, or rather the Dirty South, is coming to Huntington Beach by way of this zippy barbecue joint, which has only one other location in the Windy City's Wrigleyville neighborhood. Southern barbecue styles from the Carolinas, Memphis, Kansas City, and Texas will fill the menu, paired with southern cocktails and live country music every Friday and Saturday night.
Huntington Beach will play guinea pig to this new restaurant concept, which quadruples as a pub, cafe, bakery, and cheese purveyor. Yes, yes, yes, and yes. The menu will pull from the southern United States, as well as Europe—namely Switzerland.
Hans' Homemade Ice Cream
Because there's always room for ice cream. Born in Santa Ana in 1972, Hans' Homemade Ice Cream is still homemade and will open its third shop at Pacific City. Good old-fashioned ice cream will be churned out onsite in small batches, and guests will have their choice from cones, shakes, sundaes, chocolate-dipped bananas, and more.
Five words: Handcrafted gelato on a stick. Made in small batches of 26 bars at a time, these sweet treats boast natural, fresh, gluten-free ingredients and customizable toppings. With thenew Huntington Beach location, the global company ups its U.S. presence to three shops, with New York City and Anaheim already on the roster.
Top Dog Barkery
Our four-legged friends deserve the very best in canine cuisine, and with Corona del Mar-based Top Dog Barkery moving north to Pacific City this fall, they'll get it. Treats include personalized cakes, pastries, healthy chew sticks, and packaged "Made in America" bites. Accessories, toys, and grooming supplies and services will also be offered to spoil pups on every level.
Pie lovers rejoice! Pie-Not, an Australian-style bakery, will open its second Orange County location at Lot 579, offering gourmet meat and veggie pies, salads, pastries, desserts, and Aussie beer and wine. An interactive experience, the fast-casual eatery invites diners to watch their pies prepared from start to finish.
Another first in Orange County, The Plantation currently outfits Hawaii with unique coastal chic gifts, jewelry, home furnishings, and accessories. Looks like Huntington Beach might be in for a complete home makeover.
Petals and Pop
Seal Beach's favorite chic flower shop will open its second location at Pacific City, creating fresh arrangements for the table, home, and garden daily.
Ocean Blue Art + Design
A brand debut, this gallery will showcase fine art and design, including contemporary paintings, photography, prints, mixed media, and sculpture by internationally renowned, Southern California, and Huntington Beach artists. Rotating exhibitions and events will grace the lineup, showcasing pop, abstract, graffiti, street, mural, installation sculpture, and Southern California landscape styles. Custom artwork and furniture will also be featured.
Heirlooms and Hardware
Acclaimed for its custom reclaimed wood furniture, antique wares, and vintage novelties, Heirlooms and Hardware will call Pacific City its second Orange County home, behind its first location at The Lab in Costa Mesa. Workshops in succulent planting and leather will also be offered.
Shockingly enough, Sephora has yet to doll up Huntington Beach...until now. A 5,000-square-foot beauty boutique will open at Pacific City, servicing makeup, skincare, and fragrance needs. Ladies, you know what's coming.
Ways & Means Culinary
As if we weren't excited enough for Ways & Means Oyster House's move to Pacific City, the talented team has decided to debut their first culinary retail shop right next door. Featuring global chef-inspired contraptions and concoctions, the store will be stocked with cookbooks, instructional videos, packaged goods, kitchen smallwares, culinary apparel, housemade sauces and rubs, and the team's new private label wine. Expect special tastings and in-store demonstrations by top chefs.
Housing one-of-a-kind baby and children's clothing creations by Huntington Beach mother-daughter duo Becky Pierce and Stephanie Holdridge, Smocking Birds will feature traditional hand-smocked dresses and rompers, boys and girls clothes from newborn to size 6, beach accessories, gifts, and classic books—many made by local designers.
After opening its first bohemian boutique in Huntington Beach in October 2014, Irene's Story will make it two with a second shop at Pacific City. Inside this Southern California boutique awaits trendy, affordable women's clothing in almost every color, pattern and fabric, as well as stylish footwear, mod jewelry and scented products—all carefully arranged on racks, shelves, tables, mannequins and charming, rustic chic displays.
Seal Beach's Tankfarm will open its second location at Pacific City, bringing its classic, educated, and rooted in tradition aesthetic to neighboring Huntington Beach. A stylish general store for gentlemen of sport and leisure, Tankfarm stocks all of the manly goods, from mustache brushes and classic sunglasses to graphic tees and classic boots.
World-renowned for its fast-fashion, H&M will open its first Huntington Beach shop right by the sea. It's rare that women, men, teens, and kids can peruse the same shop, and this multinational Swedish retail company makes it all possible, affordable, and stylish.
This post has been updated from its original version to include additional featured newcomers.