Over the past several months and into the new year, Long Beach has seen several businesses close their doors.

But with the business closures came the opening of new ventures for the city to explore.

From the closure of a beloved restaurant and the opening of many new ones, to a new supermarket and a cooking school, the Long Beach business landscape is changing.

Bixby Knolls

On the north side of town in Bixby Knolls, two female entrepreneurs and best friends took their culinary talents to the other side of the kitchen, and instead of cooking for you, they are helping you cook for yourself.

Chef Tech Cooking School, located at 3842 Atlantic Ave., is run by co-owners Teri Appleton Villanueva and Amy Loe. The pair met while working at Ocean Avenue Seafood Restaurant in Santa Monica.

Loe, the sous chef, and Villanueva, the pastry chef, forged a friendship and decided to share their love and passion for food and cooking. Their mission - teach people how to cook by showing them how to select ingredients, use the proper equipment and master the best techniques.

2nd and PCH

On the other side of town, at the corner of Second Street and Pacific Coast Highway, the changes have been plentiful, specifically when it comes to the businesses at the northwest corner of the busy intersection.

In 2012, Gelson's supermarket took over the lease at 6255 E. Second St., currently occupied by Albertsons grocery store. The Albertons is slated for closure in March and Gelson's is scheduled to open later in the year after a remodel.

In the same shopping complex, three other businesses are expected to close this year as their leases expire.

The closures include longtime tenant The Hof's Hut Restaurant & Bakery at 6357 E. Second St., which will close its doors on March 1. With several locations in Long Beach, Hof's originally began as a hamburger stand in Long Beach in the 1940s.

Coldwell Banker Beachside, a real estate office, located in the same building as City National Bank at 6265 E. Second St., will also be closing in March. Several reports have said the location will be transformed into a CVS/pharmacy, but CVS couldn't be reached to confirm that this week.

City National Bank will also be closing its doors when its lease expires this year. The company will construct a new, permanent branch at 6398 E. Pacific Coast Highway, spokeswoman Debora Vrana said.

Downtown area

Shoreline Village, south of downtown, saw the opening of the Exotic House of Jerky and Shenanigans Irish Pub and Grill.

Downtown Long Beach saw several new restaurants open, including Agaves tequila bar and restaurant, 200 Pine Avenue; The Stave bar, 170 The Promenade North; and Asha Moroccan Mediterranean Kitchen, 149 Linden Avenue.

Also opening in downtown were Eclectique at 105 Linden Ave., DG Boxing at 745 Pine Ave., Joyful Paws Pet Hotel & Daycare at 1701 Fashion Ave., and Shear Delight barbershop at 218 Atlantic Ave.

Michael's Pizzeria, a top Zagat-award winning restaurant, is expanding from Naples and will be opening another location at the Promenade early this year. In general, vacancies are filling at the Promenade, which is the city is renovating.

The Molina family, owners of Molina Healthcare Inc., filled the vacancy at their 144 Pine Ave. property, which was formerly Smooth's Sports Grille. The space has been purchased and will be filled with a restaurant by the San Diego-based Cohn Restaurant Group sometime this year, according to the family.

Reddy Urgent Care is also a new addition and is now accepting patients at 123 Atlantic Ave.

Last year, Molina Healthcare announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Molina Center LLC, closed on its acquisition of a 460,000-square-foot office building at 200 and 300 Oceangate, which is where the Press-Telegram office is located.

The building, more commonly referred to as Arco Towers, consists of two conjoined fourteen-story office towers on approximately 5 acres of land. The purchase of both towers means Molina Healthcare headquarters will have room to expand into both towers.

In addition, the Molina family is working on the renovation of their property at Sixth Street and Pine Avenue, which is being called the Millworks Project. Construction is under way to transform the building into a modern office space.

Three notable businesses closed around downtown, including the high-end Madison restaurant at 102 Pine Ave., Hometown Buffet at 290 E. 4th St., and the All American Melodrama Theatre in Shoreline Village.

Belmont Shore/Naples

Belmont Shore saw several businesses open their doors, including the Manhattan Beach-based Simmzy's restaurant at 5271 E. Second Street.

Also opening on Second Street was Roe Fish Market at 5374 E. Second St., which opened in June. The owners have plans to expand Roe into a full-scale fine-dining restaurant in the space next door.

Filling the vacant space left by Bono's, Nick's on 2nd opened at 4901 E. Second St. in August.

Down the street, the B. Store opened a second location at 4718 E. Second St. They have another location in downtown Long Beach.

Also, construction has begun on the California Shabu Shabu anticipated to fill the space at 5242 E. Second St. The restaurant is expected to open later this year.

Shades Salon opened in Naples in November, replacing what was previously known as Pygmalion Salon at 5740 E. Second St.

Belmont Heights

Longtime Belmont Heights staple Babcock & Cooke card and gift shop closed its doors at Broadway and Redondo Avenue for good in December after owner Gregory Taylor was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease.

However, Taylor is helping one of his longtime employees open a smaller version of the store next door.

Broadway also saw the opening of The Attic, a new restaurant specializing in New Orleans and southern Creole foods, which filled a vacancy left by the closure of Lasher's Restaurant at 3441 E. Broadway.

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