Aug 02, 2010 - 6:36 pm
OK - I think (hope) I've found the perfect spot!
The Yardhouse Restaurant at Shoreline Village has a private room that we can use without any fee. The only stipulations for using the room are that they will issue 1 check for the group (so we'll need to do our own math to figure each person's portion) and that they will add an automatic 20% gratuity. They also have another party coming in to use the room at 2:00, so we will have it from 11:30 to 1:30. They could also give us a table in the main dining area, but I thought that it would be nice to have some privacy, especially in light of what some of our discussion topics might be!
The location is easy to find and freeway-close (right at the end of the 710 freeway). I'll send more detailed directions as we get closer to the date. Since the end of the freeway branches off in a few directions around downtown Long Beach, I can tell you which signs to follow and which lanes to be in so that you won't end up at the Queen Mary or the shipping docks!
There is LOTS to do right around there for any who would like to linger and explore - Shoreline Village has lots of cute shops and a great view of the ships in the harbor; it's a short walk to the Aquarium or accross the street to the Pike, where there is a huge ferris wheel, a GameWorks and a movie theatre and more shops and restaurants; you can rent "bikes" made for 4 or fewer and head along a paved bikeway along the harbor either up or down to sandy beaches. Parking at Shoreline Village is only $1 for 2 hours with validation, and up to $8 maximum if you want to stay longer and explore.
I do need to give them a final headcount. I have 13 possible/probables (counting me so far) Please confirm or add your name to the list - There's plenty of room for more!:
I hope this meets with everyone's approval and that you (and more) can all make it - I''m excited!!!!