Abruptly announcing its closure in November of last year, Chinese restaurant Forbidden City followed what was a long string of restaurant closures in Long Beach over the last few months. And given its massive, 7,000-square-foot, museum-like footprint in Marina Pacifica, it seemed unlikely a tenant, let alone one within a few months, would take over the space.
Enter Rod Frontino, one of the investors at Chef Arthur Gonzalez’s restaurants—Panxa Cocina in Belmont Heights and Roe in Belmont Shore—as well as DOGZ Bar and Grill in the Shore. He plans to open his JADE restaurant in that giant, Marina Pacifica space by April and not change much; maintaining the Asian-centric theme and decor.
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