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Fishing with Dynamite, New Downtown Offices, Other MB News

M.B. Post Chef David LeFevre and his partners are opening another venture in town as Talia's prepares to say "Goodbye."

There's always lots going on in Manhattan Beach. Here are 5 things to know, for now.

1. Talia's restaurant downtown is making way for M.B. Post Chef David LeFevre's Fishing with Dynamite. LeFevre, who announced the opening of his new restaurant in January, didn't immediately announce its location so that Talia's owner Ron Guidone could properly inform his staff of Talia's pending closure. 

Guidone told the Beach Reporter he will close Talia's doors the weekend after Valentine's Day.

  • Previously: M.B. Post Chef to Open New Seafood Spot

2. An office building is under construction at 805 Manhattan Avenue, according to city records. The old building which housed John Post Photography, among other businesses, was torn down. In its place will be three offices: one downstairs and two upstairs. Plans call for the second floor to have a deck. Tomaro Architecture of Manhattan Beach is working on the project.

3. More prime retail and office space is coming to downtown MB at 333 Manhattan Beach Boulevard. Previously home to a beloved veterinary practice, the new building will have about 1,800 square feet of retail space on the first floor and two office spaces upstairs. The building will also offer parking spaces.

4. MBPD reminds folks to "Lock It Or Lose It." It might be hard to believe, but lots of residents and visitors leave their vehicles and/or homes unlocked and/or valuables in plain sight or easily accessible.

On Jan. 17 around 7:20 a.m., a woman parked her car on Bell Avenue to go workout on the stairs in Sand Dune Park. While working out, she looked down and saw a man looking in her vehicle. She then headed to her car and when she got there, the man was in a car, parked next to hers, and rummaging through her wallet, according to a police report.

He fled the scene in a vehicle, she followed in hers and the two drove on Rosecrans Avenue, executing a series of U-turns. The man knew he was being followed and threw the wallet out of his car near Walnut Avenue from the driver's side window.

When the wallet was recovered, a gold necklace had been taken as well as $300. The door handle on the victim's vehicle had been almost completely pried off, said MBPD Officer Stephanie Martin.

The suspect got away in a vehicle described as a gold, four-door older model sedan. He was described as a black male with a medium skin tone, average height and build, a green baseball style hat and black jacket.

5. Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., the MB Resident's Association is holding a candidate forum for the six residents seeking the three available City Council seats in the March 5 election. The forum will be held in City Council Chambers, 1400 Highland Avenue, and is open to the public. It will be broadcast live on the web and TV.

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