Well known South Bay restaurateur Michael Zislis is coming back home to Hermosa Beach and he’s bringing beer, food and a very funny friend along, too.
Zislis, along with comedian George Lopez and sports broadcaster Colin Cowherd hosted a grand opening celebration for their second The Brews Hall location on Wednesday, May 5 in Hermosa Beach.
“I want to up the food game in Hermosa. You have this iconic area, let’s have iconic food,” said Zislis, who owns several well-known restaurants like Rock’N Fish in Manhattan Beach and L.A. Live; Rock & Brews restaurants and The Strand House in Manhattan Beach.
The new Brews Hall, at 73 Pier Ave., is pretty much a twin of the original, which is located in a former Goodyear tire shop in Torrance and opened in 2019.
Like the original spot, the new place will be a mix of a high-end food hall anchored by the same four counter-service restaurants at the Torrance location, and it will serve beers from the Brew Hall breweries as well.
“It’s going to be the same exact vibe as Torrance. I’m going for the locals, people that are visiting with families, we’ve always been very kid friendly,” Zislis said.
The restaurants set for the new place are George Lopez’s Chingon Kitchen, which serves tacos, burritos, churros and other Mexican dishes; the sports-themed Colin Cowherd’s The Herd, which serves burgers, fries and milkshakes; Chicken TWILI (The Way I Like It) where fried chicken fans can order wings, sandwiches and chicken tenders; and Rock’N Fish Grill, which will serve seafood dishes, fish and chips and clam chowder.
The beer will come from the Brew Halls’ Buzzrock Brewing Co. and George Lopez Brewing Co. There will be no brewing on site.
The Hermosa Beach location includes a 60-seat patio and 90-seat interior.
For Zislis, opening the second Brews Hall is a sort of homecoming since it’s housed in the same space where Zislis began his restaurant career in the 1990s.
“It’s a location that I always wanted to reopen. I used to own the location 25 years ago when I opened Brewski’s,” he said.
Brewski’s was Zislis’ first brewery, which was later changed into a Mediterranean restaurant after he sold it to a business partner. It previously housed Rebel Republic Social House.
“The stars have aligned and I’m back,” he said.