RB AboutTown: New restaurant to claim Barney’s Beanery, City to look for Ensenada Gift, Planning commission get two new members after to ousted

by Garth Meyer

New restaurant to claim former Barney’s Beanery spot

A new restaurant is coming to the former Barney’s Beanery location on the Redondo Pier.

Xperience Restaurant Group, which owns the neighboring El Torito, has sub-leased the second floor of Redondo Landing to operate a second restaurant, to be called La Cantina.  

Barney’s Beanery closed last summer. Xperience Restaurant Group is based in Cypress, Calif.  The company also owns Chevys Fresh Mex and eight other restaurant brands.

City to look for Ensenada gift

Mayor Bill Brand announced Tuesday night at the city council meeting that he will be seeking an artisanal gift to present to Ensenada, Redondo’s sister city in Baja Mexico. Ensenada’s mayor attended last Thursday’s Veterans Day ceremony in Redondo Beach. Ensenada craftsmen laid the tile at the local memorial.

Planning commission gets two new members after previous two ousted

Two new members of the city Planning Commission were confirmed Tuesday night, replacing two commissioners who were removed by the council Nov. 3.

Scott Behrendt, an attorney from District Five, and Gail Hazeltine, a physical therapist from District One, join the commission. Neither has served in a city role before.

The vote was 4-1 to approve both together. Councilman Christian Horvath noted no.

Behrendt and Hazeltine replace Wayne Ung and Dr. Chantel Toporow, who were removed in a 3-2 vote. Reasons given were that the two had expressed apparent support for residential development at the AES power plant site. Toporow responded in a letter that they had “judged (her) completely wrong” and Ung said his intention on the commission was to “render objective decisions… not pro-development (and) not anti-development.”

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