Redondo Beach Shade Hotel’s Mike Zislis honored for Lifetime Achievement

Mike Zislis, recipient of the 2022 City of Redondo Beach/Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement award, poses with Zislis Goup’s Shaunna Hatcher, left, chief financial officer, and Katie Kruft-Richardson, director of culture.

by Garth Meyer

Redondo Beach Mayor Bill Brand presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Mike Zislis Wednesday morning at the “State of the City” address. Zislis’s company, Zislis Group, developed the site of the old Red Onion restaurant and bar into the Shade Redondo Hotel, opening in 2016. 

Zislis, in his acceptance speech, told about how his first venture got off of the ground, Manhattan Beach Brewing. 

To open it, he was approved one day at the offices of his first landlords.

“I wrote a check for the (down payment) of $3,500,” he said. “Then I went home and called everyone I knew, ‘I need $3,500.’”

He saluted Beachlife.

“I can’t tell you how much money I made these last couple weeks,” he said. 

Zislis Group has also developed Shade Manhattan Beach, The Strand House and Rock N’Brews. ER


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