Fifth Street Revival: What's Coming To Downtown Huntington Beach
Fifth Street, the calmer cousin of Main Street, is freshening up its coastal drag of eateries and shops in 2017, including a departure from its branded name "The Strand." Nowadays, it answers to "5th & PCH." Here's a rundown of facelifts and newcomers.
The Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel, Fifth Street's longtime anchor, is undergoing a $3 million renovation, featuring refreshed rooms, a revamped fitness center and 40-foot wide rock climbing wall, new furniture in common spaces, and a Pacific Rim-inspired restaurant, Pacific Hideaway. The elevated surf shack is currently under construction in the former Zimzala space, and should be completed in the spring, possibly late April. Additionally, you'll notice that the Shorebreak's exterior, along with all exteriors on the block, recently scored a fresh coat of paint.
Across the street, The Pizza Press will open in early spring as part of its apparent Southern California expansion. Serving up a newspaper-themed make-your-own pizza concept, the pizzeria's menu offers custom creations, aptly named signatures pies like "The Tribune," and craft beer. The best part? You'll be tickled with nostalgia as you order from a newsboy.
Taking over the former RA Sushi location along Pacific Coast Highway, HQ Gastropub of Woodland Hills will open its second Southern California location in Huntington Beach. Inside the music-influenced gastro lounge by the sea, expect a diverse menu ranging from fried pickles to chicken pot pie to gourmet burgers to fresh sushi, 32 beers on draft, 27 wines by the bottle or glass, 20 craft cocktails, 48 flatscreen TVs, and a music video station loaded with more than 200 hours of watchable tunes.
Shakeaway fans, better fill up on your favorites, as the milkshake bar plans to transform into Grater Grilled Cheese, a SoCal favorite under the same ownership. Already slinging gourmet grilled cheeses all over San Diego, the eatery promises your favorite sammie with a twist. We've got our eyes on "The Mariachi," which packs their signature five-cheese blend, soy chorizo, refried beans, and jalapeño. Si, por favor.
In the former Love Lola space on PCH, LF Sportswear will stock its trendy, edgy women's fashions as an outlet shop.
Lastly, Kenneth Brown Salons is poised to open its third Orange County spot under the Shorebreak, gifting hotel guests and the public with a high-end option for hair, face, and body rejuvenation treatments.
As far as we know, local favorites along the strip like 1 Look Vintage, Bruxie, Banzai Bowls, North Shore Poke Co., and Ritter's Steam Kettle Cooking are here to stay. But don't forget Chuck Dent Surf Center, which recently packed up its Fifth Street shop and moved over to Beach Boulevard and Yorktown Avenue.
In addition to incoming businesses, 5th & PCH will also see an uptick in events, including entertainment to coincide with Tuesday's recurring Surf City Nights on Main Street and the annual Huntington Beach Fourth of July Parade, as well as possible beer and wine tastings, food trucks, fashion shows showcasing local boutiques, skateboarding demos, a signature dog celebration, and an ice skating rink. Details are in the works, but organizers are determined to highlight Huntington Beach lifestyle, engage the community, and inspire connection.