Anna’s is taking over the space at the corner Pine Avenue and Fifth Street that had been occupied by the former eatery operated by Kress for the past decade. Anna’s, named after its owner, Anna Lewis, will offer small plates, wine and low-cost beers, which are currently selling for between $2 and $4 a pint.
After receiving a special dispensary license, Lewis and Elliot, Lewis and Elliot made a promise to invest in the block.Permit to open the in DowntownIn June 2021.
The Pine dispensary is located next door to Anna’s, which they hope will help bring life and culture to the 400 block of Pine, which has seen a spate of closures recently.
“I gave my word, hell or high water, we’d improve the block,”Elliot said.
Long Beach Coffee & Tea was announced its closure in March 2021. It was located right across the street of Kress. Later that year, Kress went out of business. Romeo Chocolates followed suit. Romeo Chocolates had been on the block since 2017, but announced its closing in May.
Soon, Gold’s Gym, a 35-year staple of North Pine, will be relocating to The Pike Outlets down the street.
Elliot said he made the decision to open another business next to the dispensary in part because of the promise that he made when petitioning to open the dispensary that the block wouldn’t suffer because of its presence, something that was of concern during the permitting process.
Pine is the main street of Downtown. However, there are fewer restaurants and bars as you travel north from Fourth Street. Anna’s will be the only bar between Fifth Street and Anaheim Street.
Anna’s is still working out its menu, but the plan is to offer simple bar food that will range from salads and charcuterie boards to paninis, the bar’s manager Gerard McAvoy said. Pop-up chefs will be able to operate in the space on an ongoing basis.
Its alcohol license permits it to sell wine and beer, and Lewis stated that there are no plans for raising the beer price. Catalyst’s slogan is “Weed for the People”The prices reflect this same trend. “Beer for the People”Elliot suggested that approach.
The improvements may not stop with Anna’s.
The couple leased the entire area that was once Kress and are looking to transform the space that was the market into another food establishment. Although plans are still being finalized, it will likely be an Italian deli with some kind of a bottle shop.
“Little by little we’re going to do it and Catalyst is going to be the development engine for the block,”He said.
The Lewis’s say that the hope is that in 10 years that the block can be fully activated, potentially with traffic blocked to allow for a second promenade to exist on north Pine.
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