Award-winning chef Michael Mina and hospitality veteran Brent Bolthouse are thrilled to announce their first joint partnership in Southern and Northern California with the opening of The Bungalow Kitchen. The new social dining experience and community clubhouse is set to open first in Long Beach, California at Belmont Shore (2nd & PCH) in early 2021, followed by a Tiburon (5 Main Street) location in Marin County, California, in the Spring of 2021.
The Bungalow Kitchen will bring a chic and bohemian atmosphere, California Cuisine heavily inspired by local, seasonal ingredients, a classic cocktail program and expansive wine list to both unbeatable waterfront destinations. Menu highlights include pristine shellfish served either ice-cold or hot charcoal-grilled; garden “punch” bowl, featuring crunchy, ice-cold garden vegetables served with Gazpacho shooters and three dipping sauces: Green Goddess, romesco and lemon-poppyseed; a comforting Short Rib ‘Pop-Tart’ topped with crispy shallots and drizzled with sauce bordelaise; signature house-made pizzas such as the Carbonara Pizza white pie with Crispy Guanciale, Yukon Gold potatoes, Pecorino Romano and drizzled with a poached farm egg; and Chef Michael Mina’s signature decadent Lobster Pot Pie featuring a whole Maine lobster, truffle-lobster bisque and root vegetables.
“Brent is a longtime friend of mine,” says Mina. “We are so excited to collaborate on our first brand new restaurant concept and to utilize his deep roots in the industry with the launch of The Bungalow Kitchen. Both restaurants will highlight my version of California cuisine and emphasize the incredible bounty and purveyors of the regions in which they are in. Our goal is to bring a warm and comforting place that will feel like an extension of the living room you always wanted.”
“The original plans for Belmont Shore was to open the third Bungalow location, but Michael and I quickly shifted gears to rebrand and pivot to The Bungalow Kitchen in response to the pandemic, opting to launch our new brand concept there first,” said Bolthouse. “The Bungalow Kitchen Tiburon had been in the works for quite some time, and we’ve long wanted to re-create the striking and luxurious feel of an elegant, exclusive clubhouse on an accessible community level. It’s the most innovative restaurant project I have ever been a part of, and we can’t wait to bring this to the communities of Long Beach and Tiburon.”
About The Bungalow Kitchen Belmont Shore
The Belmont Shore location is designed by local Venice, CA based design firm Studio Collective. The 10,000 square foot venue will have an eclectic, residential vibe rich in custom furnishings and layered with unique artwork. Designed with the intent to create an atmosphere of attending a fabulous dinner party, The Bungalow Kitchen Belmont Shore is unlike anything loyal fans of The Bungalow brand have seen previously.
This specific venue gives the nod to the rich architectural history and the punk-rock edge of the Long Beach community. It puts a unique and utterly contemporary spin on the traditional Craftsman bungalow, maintaining certain classic structural elements (wood plank ceilings, large fireplaces, a covered porch) while simultaneously taking a sledgehammer to others and exposing what remains (wood stud and plywood walls, concrete floors, select structural members) and adds the sort of hip, eclectic furnishings one might expect to find in a local musician’s home lend this location an ambiance that is at once comforting and industrial, with a rock-and-roll twist.
Composed of various size and style rooms, the space feels as if it has evolved over time. Upon entering, guests are greeted by a warm entry lounge with an organic, plaster fireplace and adjacent, built in plaster seating. 70’s era relics fill the walls, laying the groundwork for what awaits inside. A plywood corridor displaying a mix of black and white photographs and prints leads guests into the main dining room where white wood planks line the walls and the vaulted ceiling above. Anchored on one side by a large tiled fireplace and the other by a copper-topped bar, the dining room is the ideal space to celebrate either with a large party or to go on date night, with plush, custom sofas providing the perfect seat from which diners can relax and enjoy their meals. Just off the dining room lies the game room, where a mix of rock and roll nostalgia and rock-inspired artwork are layered over exposed wood stud walls creating the ideal space to shoot a game of pool. A little further down a small hallway, guests can make their way to the sunroom, where white oak plank walls and millwork provide a more intimate and sophisticated space to escape and enjoy an after-dinner cocktail. Both the sunroom and the dining room provide entry out to the 3,000 square foot patio where guests are able to enjoy authentic al fresco dining while overlooking the Marina. A retractable awning built into a red cedar wood trellis allows patrons to make use of this space year-round comfortably. A combination of potted and hanging plants add to the outdoor feel of the patio, while a mix of seating groupings ensure everyone will be able to find their perfect seat on what is sure to be the most desired spot in town. All in total, The Bungalow Kitchen Belmont Shore looks forward to bringing inspired social dining in an equally unique space and becoming a mainstay for the Long Beach community to enjoy for years to come.
About The Bungalow Kitchen Tiburon
The Tiburon location will be designed by internationally acclaimed architect and interior designer Martin Brudnizki of Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, the mastermind behind some of the most aesthetic venues around the globe, including Annabel’s (London), Park MGM (Las Vegas), The Beekman (New York), Pink Mamma (Paris), and more.
Nearly 12,000 square feet and spread across two floors, the interiors of the new space will have a relaxed residential feel with a contemporary twist and focus on art and artisanal touches. The first-floor bar and lounge area are filled with natural light thanks to a cool-toned palette of blues and pinks and a fully glazed window that opens onto a dining terrace with views across the ocean. An eclectic selection of artwork and objects reflect the bohemian homes of artists from a bygone era, while elevated finishes such as brass and marble ensure the space retains a chic edge. A billiard room and sprawling pergola-roofed terrace on the second floor provide guests with additional areas to sit back and relax while taking in the views and enjoying local cuisine. Verdant planting, rattan finishes, and patterned fabrics round out the venue’s aesthetic.
“The location really guided the design of The Bungalow Kitchen,” said Brudnizki. “The fact it sits right on the water, overlooking the bay, meant we really wanted the interior to connect to the outside. It needed to feel comfortable and be a space where guests could enjoy the views and feel at home. To help achieve this, we included a few residential accents throughout the scheme, layering in fabrics and artwork – all with a subtle nod to the area’s bohemian past.”
This article was released by The Bungalow Kitchen.