Two eateries open up after others depart
When one business closes another generally takes it place — that’s the cyclical nature of business.
Julie Glossop, the owner of S Curve Deli and Grill, puts some bread in the oven at her new restaurant on Front Street. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
In the last two weeks, two new restaurants have taken the place of Crescent City eateries that recently closed their doors.
The S Curve Deli and Grill opened on Front Street where Ambrosia Grill used to be and the Beach House Fry and Grill now occupies the space where the Coffee Corner was on U.S. Hwy. 101.
Both have expansive menus and tout the use of fresh, homemade ingredients. One has dreams of expanding into a sports bar and grill.
Also, Good Harvest opened last Wednesday in its new building on U.S. Hwy. 101 South across from the harbor. It plans on being open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and now offers dinner and an upstairs bar.
Here’s a look at the two newcomers to the local restaurant scene.
Jim Bonham, owner of Beach House Fry and Grill, fills an order at his new restaurant on U.S. Hwy. 101 and 5th Street. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
S Curve Deli and Grill
Owner Julie Glossop said she has received a lot of positive feedback since opening.
The menu offers a wide variety of food, including pesto bruschetta flatbread appetizer, clam chowder, a shrimp louie salad, hot and cold sandwiches such as the Italian meatball sandwich and Turkey Capri, pasta, fish and chips and Black Angus burgers.
“It’s all about fresh food, homemade food,” said Glossop, who is hoping S Curve will become “the place to go.”
A liquor license for beer and wine is in the works and she also plans on offering specials, like sushi for example. Eventually, Glossop also wants to add dinner items such as steak and ribs.
She emphasized that her food is made fresh and much is made from scratch, such as the fresh-cut beer battered fries and homemade desserts.
“I think people deserve good food,” she said. “We’re going for the ‘wow’ effect.”
A self-taught cook, Glossop has had her eye on the spot at Front and U.S. Highway 101, but it was never the right time until now. Glossop also owns Hot Wired Espresso in Fort Dick, which was a “stepping stone,” she said.
“I want to be able to cook and make people happy,” she said. “That’s always been my goal.”
Glossop sees the restaurant eventually expanding, perhaps into the empty storefront next door.
“My goal is to have a sports bar,” she said.
In the meantime, S Curve does have a big screen TV set-up and Wi-Fi for those who want to enjoy a cup of coffee while cruising the Internet on their laptop.
S Curve Deli and Grill will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and take-out and catering is available. Glossop recommends making a reservation. For more information, call 465-5600.
In its first few days of being open, the restaurant has encountered a steady stream of customers.
That could be in part due to the fact it’s right on U.S. Hwy 101 where Coffee Corner used to be located.
It could also be because the new restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner and mid-range prices, something owner Jim Bonham touts.
“We’re not high-end,” he said. “Most of our food is under $13.”
The Beach House is in between fast food and a bigger sit-down restaurant, Bonham explained.
“We’re not big on fanciness,” he said.
The menu is expansive, though, and lot of the food is made from scratch, including the sauces. For breakfast there’s buckwheat pancakes, bacon and eggs; for lunch there’s burgers, barbecue pork and other sandwiches and fish and chips; and for dinner there’s clam strips, grilled salmon or spaghetti with meatballs.
Bonham’s family moved up to Brookings from the Chico area about 15 years ago and took over Chetco Seafood Restaurant, later opening Beachcombers Deli and Seafood there as well.
Bonham said they were a family of butchers, but upon coming to Brookings wanted to try “this side of the business.”
However, after Bonham moved to Crescent City he was commuting back and forth. When the spot on the highway opened up Bonham jumped at the chance.
“We’ve been looking at this place as an opportunity for years,” he said. “We’ve wanted to serve Californians for a long time.”
He took the menus from the family’s two restaurants in Brookings and combined them for the Beach House.
While on vacation in Crescent City, David Pengelley and Pat Penfield decided to stop in the Beach House one recent morning for breakfast.
“We saw it from the street,” Pengelley said. The vegetarian added she was “delighted” to see buckwheat pancakes on the menu.
Beach House Fry and Grill is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the week and until 9 p.m. on the weekends and has a drive-through. For more information call 465-3000.