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Door Dash Cash
Infusing money and providing mentoring are two of the ways Door Dash, the grocery shipping company is looking to help women, immigrants and people in colored restaurants who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.
Two restaurants in Long Beach have been selected to receive a $ 20,000 grant from Door Dash for their business, which can be used along with an 8-week educational program and mentoring. One hundred restaurateurs from Los Angeles County have been enrolled in the mentoring program and have access to the course. However, only 25 restaurant owners received the grant.
The Long Beach winners are:
• Spicy Sugar Thai, 1538 E. Broadway (in Gaviota).
Owner and chef Sugar Sungkamee grew up in the restaurant business and learned about her culinary skills and business acumen from her late father, Chef Tui, at Jitlada Restaurant in Los Angeles. She also graduated from the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in Pasadena with an MBA and bachelor’s degree in economics from the Cal State Channel Islands.
Her graduation photo flashes on the screen in the documentary “City of Gold” (available from Amazon Prime), which shows the favorite spots of late-award-winning food critic Jonathan Gold. Gold and the Sungkamee family were close, and Gold was a fan of their culinary gifts.
Today, Chef Sugar owns Spicy Sugar alone and Jitlada and her aunt Chef Jazz, who is well represented in “City of Gold”, owns it.
“Customers want to keep my restaurant as a secret find,” said Chef Sugar, who adds that she plans to use the grant to remodel the store’s interior. With the Door Dash Scholarship and coaching, more people will learn about this gem in Alamitos Beach.
Sugar’s long-term plans include catering and writing a cookbook. The recipes she uses are the ones her father taught her – the same recipes Bon Appétit Magazine calls “definitely the best Thai food in LA and probably the country.” when I refer to Jitlada.
• Sura Korean BBQ & Tofu House, 621 Atlantic Ave.
Spouse owners Brandon Sugano and Claire Kim have taken over this restaurant from an absent owner. They expanded the business to less than 500 square feet by expanding first into the former salon next door and then into the room that housed a video store.
“People like to be able to talk to the owners,” said Sugano, explaining his management approach.
During the riot a year ago, windows were broken and items were taken from the restaurant. The couple praised Long Beach’s quick response to requests for assistance. They also credited their survival during the pandemic to neighbors who backed up their business and bought items from the supermarket they created that sold Korean snacks – including Korean spam emails.
Sugano said he plans to use some of the $ 20,000 grant to reward employees, while the rest will be used for a kitchen remodel. The couple said the mentoring component, where business gurus train on branding and cost analysis, was the most attractive part of the program for them. They recently acquired one of their suppliers – Fine Feathers Kombucha – and the couple will apply some of their business mentoring to that business as well.
Panchos vegan tacos, 1837 E. Seventh St., opened gently this week, will be ceremoniously opened this Friday, April 9th. The converted Craftsman bungalow was officially the home of Pizzanista! on Seventh Street.
Owner Sacbe Meling is a shelter owner, businessman and vegan.
Local public relations consultant Leslie AM Smith, owner of McCormick LA, is hosting a free Zoom webinar on Thursday, April 22nd, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.
Escape Marketing Mania – Back To The Basics is an hour long workshop she started to help small businesses and solo preneurs learn about their marketing building blocks and customers before they start advertising.
“I’ve worked with many business owners and even nonprofit founders who have completely avoided this step,” said Smith. “They are dealing with Facebook and Twitter posts without sending clear messages and without knowing who to reach.”
Participants must register to receive the zoom link and downloadable materials. Visit www.McCormickLA.com to sign up. For more information, please email Smith at [email protected] or call (562) 618-0071.
House hunting help
CaliforniaListings.com launched this week as the residential real estate resource website. The website offers data-driven content on a daily basis and shows agents and their entries in the respective California neighborhoods.
“California Listings was born in Long Beach. In fact, Jeff Anderson, a major Long Beach real estate agent, was the first to join the network, ”said Frankie Morales, Co-Founder and Editor of the Listing Guide and partner of St. Nick’s Christmas Lighting in Long Beach.