Suzy's Bar & Grill in Hermosa Beach is shutting its doors Sunday, June 30, to make way for a new restaurant whose owners plan to open later this summer.
Barsha Wines and Spirits' owners Adnen and Lenora Marouani are taking over the location, which will go through renovations and upgrades including a new kitchen and fresh paint. The Mediterranean-inspired restaurant will feature fresh produce at core of its new menu with an upgraded beer and wine list, according to Adnen.
The music acts that have attracted locals to Suzy's for years, will stay, said Adnen. With the changes, the new owners plan to “just show it some love.”
“(We plan) to make a family welcoming atmosphere,” Adnen said.
On Saturday, June 29, Suzy's will have a closing party from 4 p.m. to close, which will feature live music.
Owner Sal Longo told The Beach Reporter in 2016 he was planning to sell Suzy's after the Hermosa Beach Planning Commission had denied a full liquor license. He had been battling the city for years over a liquor license, which he said he couldn't run a profitable business without one.
Manager Sue Thiroux said Suzy's “never made money” and Longo kept the business because he “loves the musicians.” But they have been trying to “sell for a long time.”
“He wanted to make sure it went to someone who would continue with entertainment... I had zero clue how many hoops you had to jump through to get it done,” Thiroux said.
Thiroux said she feels sad for the employees, but they have been heartened by their customers.
“It's been pretty amazing, the people coming in are just so heartfelt about having loved Suzy's and thank Sal for having it,” Thiroux said.