Popular BBQ Restaurant to permanently close next month
In a heartbreaking announcement for Long Beach’s food scene, Shady Grove Foods, the beloved barbecue joint helmed by father-son duo Dennis and David Robicheau, will be permanently closing its doors effective January 1, 2024. The news has sparked a wave of sadness and frustration among loyal patrons and community members.
The restaurant’s short-lived two-year run at 2708 E. 4th St. has been marked by a series of challenges, including persistent struggles to maintain customer base and navigating the complexities of City of Long Beach permitting processes. The latter proved particularly frustrating, with the restaurant’s Santa Maria-style grill, a cornerstone of their barbecue offerings, ultimately deemed impermissible. This setback forced Shady Grove to resort to off-site smoking, further compromising their ability to deliver the authentic flavors that had earned them acclaim.
The combination of these factors has led the Robicheaus to make the difficult decision to close their brick-and-mortar establishment. The closure not only deprives Long Beach of a cherished dining destination but also highlights the challenges faced by small businesses in navigating the regulatory landscape.
Despite the challenges, Shady Grove Foods leaves an indelible mark on the city’s culinary landscape. Their legacy as pioneers of Long Beach barbecue will continue to inspire future generations of pitmasters. Their passion for craft, commitment to quality, and dedication to traditional barbecue techniques have earned them a loyal following and a place among the city’s culinary gems.
As Shady Grove Foods fades from the physical realm, its spirit and culinary expertise will live on in the hearts of its patrons and the memories of its unforgettable barbecue creations. Their legacy will continue to inspire and delight, ensuring that the flavors of Shady Grove will forever be a part of Long Beach’s vibrant culinary tapestry.