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Long before plates of baked egg casseroles and lemon pancakes were slung by the dozens each morning at the Breakfast Bar, owners Joshua and Pamela Beadel were service industry vets dreaming of owning a restaurant specializing in hangover cures and morning cocktails. Their now iconic Long Beach restaurant has been in existence for over a decade, all housing a once dingy, kitschy room next to a Travelodge motel.

The couple’s keen sense of what would succeed in Long Beach stems from their winding hospitality backgrounds and knowing what would resonate with like-minded professionals. In the 2000s, both Joshua and Pamela worked long hours at Red Lobster; he baked an enormous number of cheddar biscuits while she managed the dining room. Joshua also bartended at Hamburger Mary’s in Downtown Long Beach for a stretch. After years of working for someone else, Joshua and Pamela wanted something for themselves, a place that truly catered to the hospitality industry.

“We were just sick of corporate food life and then the constant hustle of bartending,” says Joshua. “We had constantly been telling ourselves that there has got to be a way to do this on our own. And then there was this opportunity that was hard to pass up even though we really didn’t have much in the way of capital.” The Beadels saw the somewhat dilapidated yet charming space on Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Long Beach as the perfect location for their breakfast-meets-drinking venture. With a bit of cash saved up and maxed-out credit cards, the couple opened the Breakfast Bar in 2013.

Since then, Breakfast Bar's egg casserole and breakfast Mai Tais are synonymous with Long Beach's love of breakfast and, of course, day drinking.

Photos and written by Brian Addison.

For Brian Addison's full profile on The Breakfast Bar, click here.

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