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8 Long Beach LGBTQ restaurants to support during COVID-19

Thai District Long Beach

Thai District, a modern Thai kitchen, is located in downtown Long Beach. Photo: Q Voice News.

LONG BEACH — The restaurant industry has been decimated by COVID-19.

In an effort to help slow the spread of the virus, sitdown dining has been temporarily banned. The only operating options for these businesses are takeout, pickup, or deliveries.

When visiting a business to purchase food, customers must maintain physical distancing and wear a facial covering. Employees also are required to wear face masks.

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Here are other COVID-19 safety tips from Long Beach drag queen Jewels.

Wide Eyes Open Palms

Kat McIver, left, and Angie Evans proudly proclaim they have “The Queerest Coffee in Town.” The Long Beach lesbian couple co-own Wide Eyes Open Palms, a comfy coffee shop and cafe on Cherry Avenue just around the corner from Fourth Street’s Retro Row. Photo: Karen Robes-Meeks for Q Voice News.

If you want to help LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly restaurants, here are eight Long Beach businesses you can support with takeout or delivery orders.

  • Breakfast Bar: This downtown location is all about breakfast, and some lunch. Breakfast orders can be submitted online starting at 6:15 a.m.
  • George’s Greek Cafe: It’s all Greek at this restaurant, which started in downtown and has expanded to locations in Belmont Shore and Lakewood.
  • Hamburger Mary’s: The Sunday drag brunch has pivoted to Jewels’ Backyard Brunch, but food can be ordered for takeout. 
  • Hot Java: The gay-borhood coffee ship is open everyday from 6 a.m. To 6 p.m. for grab and go orders of coffee, pastries, and paninis.
  • Portuguese Bend: Long Beach’s first distillery offers a full menu, booze, and homemade hand sanitizer to go. They are open limited hours from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Thai District: This modern Thai kitchen offers a variety of authentic dishes for every taste palette. Yummy vegetarian and vegan options also are on the menu.
  • Thai Silk: This Broadway-based, Thai food staple has been open in the gay-borhood since 2001. 
  • Wide Eyes Open Palms: Wide Eyes Open Palms serves coffee and goodies as takeout for feminists and the queer community Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Their handmade pastries and entree items sellout fast. Check out their menu early.

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Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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