Rock and Brews outdoor beer garden

Rock & Brews in Redondo Beach just added a 3,000-square-foot beer garden on its parking lot. Meanwhile a Sept. 24 re-opening is expected for its original restaurant in El Segundo, which closed in March due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Photo courtesy Rock & Brews)

It’s a comeback tour in the middle of a pandemic for Rock & Brews in the South Bay as the music-themed restaurant chain prepares to reopen in El Segundo while adding a large outdoor beer garden to its Redondo Beach location.

A Sept. 24 grand reopening is scheduled for the El Segundo location at 143 Main St., the chain’s first restaurant, which closed in March due to financial difficulties brought on by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re very excited to be reopening the El Segundo store,” said Adam Goldberg, CEO and partner at Rock & Brews.

The restaurant was co-founded in 2010 by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of Kiss, along with restaurateur Michael Zislis and concert industry veteran siblings Dave and Dell Furano.

Rock & Brews has more than a dozen locations in California and other states.

Meanwhile, at the chain’s Redondo Beach restaurant, at 6300 S. Pacific Coast Highway, a new beer garden opened on Sept. 4 on a portion of its parking lot.

The 3,000-square foot patio includes socially-distance tables under a roof, plus more than a dozen outdoor televisions with room for more than 180 people while still conforming with COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. The tables are at least six feet apart and there is a maximum of six people per table.

There are two other existing patios attached to the restaurant already in use for outdoor dining.

“This is one hundred percent critical to the survival of our business due to the state’s mandate closing all indoor dining. We must take advantage of as much outdoor space that the city allows us to take,” Goldberg said.

In the new beer garden Goldberg said plans call for events such as an Oktoberfest celebration and beer tastings, all of which will comply with Los Angeles County COVID-19 safety guidelines, he noted.

And even when indoor dining is allowed, Goldberg hopes to keep the outdoor space open for the foreseeable future.

“We will keep the beer garden as long as the city will allow us,” he said.

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