Fourth Street Pours

Pour on Fourth is a sort of neighborhood happy hour.

Hosted by the Fourth Street Business Association, the third annual Pour on Fourth beer and wine festival — featuring sips of beer and wine as well as live entertainment, trolley rides and discounted cuisine — returns from 2 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 14, within the Retro Row business corridor from Temple to Hermosa avenues.

Tickets to the popular community event have sold out in previous years, so attendees are encouraged to purchase theirs in advance at BIT.LY/POURON4TH.

It’s $35 per person, which includes a wristband and souvenir cup for complimentary tastings of beer and wine from more than 25 different craft breweries, boutique wineries and cider houses. Many of the restaurants along the corridor also will offer $4 to $6 specials to compliment the sips.

Far Outfit shopkeeper Johanna Moynahan said Pour on Fourth is just one way business owners on the street have come together to build awareness about the shops and restaurants there. Retro Row’s business owners also have recently mobilized to offer monthly Fourth Fridays events as well as rebrand the street with new pole banners, murals and other features.

Proceeds from Pour on Fourth will go towards Fourth Street Business Association projects such as beautification and cleanup efforts, other community events, and the continued promotion and marketing of the Retro Row corridor.

For details, visit

Bixby Knolls Bingo

As a way to encourage residents to support local businesses for their holiday shopping, the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association is hosting Bixby Bingo now through Nov. 30.

Shoppers and diners are asked to simply keep their receipts and fill in bingo spaces to win prizes, with bingo cards available to download at or to pick up at participating businesses.

Organizers describe the event as a way to get a head start and build on the idea of Shop Small Saturday, which is the Saturday after Thanksgiving dedicated to supporting local businesses.

Kafe Neo Milestone

To mark its 10th year in business, Kafe Neo is throwing a Greek Block Party.

Set to take place from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, the free public event in the restaurant’s parking lot, 2800 E. Fourth St., will include live music, Greek dance, a beer garden and food specials.

According to owners and brothers Gus and Pete Sverkos, who transformed their father’s auto repair garage into a successful eatery, Kafe Neo has helped to rejuvenate Fourth Street since it opened on Oct. 17, 2007.

The popular Greek and American restaurant is known for its souvlaki, lamb burgers and Greek burritos, the brothers said.

For details, call (562) 987-1210.

Brix Anniversary

Bringing a taste of New York to Long Beach, Brix in Belmont Shore is celebrating its fourth year in business at 5372 E. Second St.

Brix boasts “the best pastrami sandwich you’ll ever have,” according to owner Rich Reich, who is celebrating the business’s anniversary by offering customers a free appetizer buffet with the purchase of a beverage from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18.

For details, visit or call (562) 343-5998.

Chick-fil-A Opens

Long Beach’s newest Chick-fil-A restaurant is set to open today (Oct. 12), with free yearlong supplies of chicken being given to the first 100 people in line at 4401 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., near the Traffic Circle.

The grand opening celebrations started with people lining up at 6 a.m. yesterday, with a family overnight camping party taking place before the doors officially open. Chick-fil-A also plans to pack 10,000 meals for the needy and host a community children’s book drive as part of the first day in business.

Franchisee Kristie Bergstrom and a team of more than 100 new employees will operate this newest Chick-fil-A in Long Beach. The restaurant is 5,000 square feet and features a two-story children’s playground, free Wi-fi, a vintage-inspired design, interior dining for 134 people and patio seating for 24.

Visit between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Chick-fil-A locations — of which there are more than 2,200 across the United States — are closed on Sundays. For details, visit

Ashleigh Ruhl is a contributor for The Grunion Gazette. She can be reached at

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