Around Ocean Beach in the New Year – A Photo Journey of Sorts

by on January 6, 2020 · 1 comment

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Join us for a cruise around Ocean Beach in the New Year. We’re highlighting the changing of businesses in this photo journey.

Is Apogee moving into former Lola Luna?

Last month we reported that the former Lola Luna was being remodeled for Apogee’s jewelry customers. But now it appears that the entire Apogee storefront will be moving into that space across the street.

There’s a “For Lease 750 square feet” notice taped to the front of Apogee’s window – much like the one taped to the Electric Chair window.

Luis told this reporter that Apogee was moving in. He said he’s the manager. The owner declined to confirm or deny.

OB Playhouse to stage “The Rocky Horror Show”

OB’s Latest Mexican Restaurant Still in ‘Construction’ Phase

The new Mexican-style restaurant to open in the former Nati’s is still in the construction phase. But progress has definitely been made. In July 2019 we reported:

The restaurant group, Social Syndicate, has just announced they are opening a Mexican restaurant – called La Doña – in the prime corner lot at Bacon and Niagara. Social Syndicate runs OB Surf Lodge and Wonderland Ocean Pub, and are partners with the brothers who opened Blue Water Seafood in their OB enterprise.

Check out these pics of where the place is at now:

Small Businesses to Stay

There’s a couple small businesses on the property where the new restaurant is going in, and they’re apparently still open, including Seams to Me.

Former Martial Arts Space on Voltaire Still Vacant

The space above Plant Power over on Voltaire, the former martial arts academy, is still vacant and still for lease.

Pepe’s Italian Still Evicted

Pepe’s on Sunset Cliffs Blvd is still closed and locked up tight. There’s an eviction notice taped to the front door.

There was some more sadness when this reporter looked down and saw “Pepe 1997” scrawled in some concrete near the front door.

New Thai Place Applies for Beer and Wine License

As we have reported, a new Thai restaurant – Soi OB- is moving into the former fast-food franchise that was located in the space at 1916 Cable.

New Massage Therapy Storefront Opens in OB Plaza

A new massage therapy center has opened in the new OB Plaza, Swanky Sugar.

Did you know OB has a thrift store?

OB does have a thrift store, the Humble Heart Thrift, in the arcade on Newport Avenue. Upstairs where the Ol Ocean Beach Cafe served good fare years ago.

Are You Ready?

The way all utility boxes should look


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Pooja March 26, 2020 at 1:46 am

Hey Frank, thank you for giving us an update about Lola Luna which was being remodeled for Apogee’s jewelry customers. But as per your guidelines now it appears that the entire Apogee storefront will be moving into that space across the street. Keep up the good work.


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