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When Chef Philip Pretty opened Heritage in August of 2020, it was a far cry from the high-end, prix fixe-centric space it is now—let alone how far it was from being Long Beach's first restaurant to score a Michelin star.

It was a sandwich shop that reflected where Pretty was at that point and what he had been through come peak pandemic.

Fresh off a longtime battle with the former Restauration space—he had led the bistro to its highest peak of glory, watched it burn by an accidental oven fire, waited for two years, only to reopen it and want to definitively distance himself from the space soon thereafter—Pretty made the best decision he had ever made in his culinary career: He took on a lease inside a former craftsman house on 7th Street (of all places) and opted to open a sandwich shop.

But Pretty—with his sister and longtime collaborator, Lauren—the goal was always to open a place that flex his culinary muscles in the highest of its capacity. This is Heritage now—and we are all the better as a city to have it.

Pretty is soon opening a second concept, Olive & Rose, in the former City Center Motel at the southwest corner of 3rd Street and Atlantic Avenue.

Written by Brian Addison.

Photos by Sterling Reed.