M.B. Post Chef to Open New Seafood Spot

David LeFevre will continue to make his mark in Manhattan Beach.

David LeFevre, the chef behind M.B. Post, is bringing another new venture to Manhattan Beach this spring, he told MB Patch Friday.

Though he couldn't divulge where Fishing With Dynamite will be located, he did reveal that the 30-seat, 1,100-square-foot restaurant will feature seafood from vendors who use "sustainable seafood practices."

The restaurant's "pristine seafood" will come from "the coasts, the east to the west and sometimes the gulf," including notable spots such as Chesapeake Bay, Maine, Alaska, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Florida and California.

LeFevre says the menu will include "handcrafted, soulful, artisanal food" and that dishes will be simple and interesting, done in a manner that lets the seafood "really shine." A raw bar with oysters, crab, lobster, sea urchins and the like will be included.

The seafood eatery will combine "east coast nostalgia with the wonderful west coast vibe," he said, and allow for an inexpensive meal with beer or a more upscale dish with a great bottle of wine.

Gerry O'Connor January 05, 2013 at 07:39 PM
Sounds great ... except that name, which will be its downfall if not immediately changed. How can one not see the distasteful conflict between "sustainable fishing practices" and 'Fishing with Dynamite'?!? SCUBA divers and sea lovers (like myself) will stay away in droves! I wish you luck, Mr. LeFevre -- but get some good marketing help.
Letitia Lombardelli January 06, 2013 at 02:04 AM
I totally agree. I'm not saying it's oxymoronic but he'd have to be a moron to use that name!
Edward C. Caprielian, Ph.D. January 07, 2013 at 10:17 PM
It would be beneficial to have another outstanding restaurant equivalent to M.B. Post but not at the expense of expanding alcohol outlets in Manhattan Beach. Manhattan Beach ranks near the apex of cities in Los Angeles County with alcohol outlets. Extensive research documents that alcohol availability correlates with increased physical and mental harms, especially to youth; increased alcohol-related vehicular accidents and deaths; increased DUIs, and increased crime. To find such examples we need to look no further than Hermosa Beach which to its credit is now taking action to mitigate these harms and put limits on the serving of alcohol in bars and restaurants. Why should we permit further expansion in Manhattan Beach only to eventually having similar harms and finding ourselves to act on a problem only after we create it? If "Fishing With Dynamite" attempts to open with the intent to serve alcohol in Manhattan Beach, I pledge to maximize efforts to ensure it does not receive a conditional use permit from the Manhattan Beach City Council and an alcohol license from the State of California Alcohol Beverage Commission. Enough is enough! Edward C. Caprielian, Ph.D. Manhattan Beach Resident
Steven Shimek January 08, 2013 at 10:51 PM
Gerry, I doubt that Dave will be fishing with explosives of any sort. In fact, is that even a fishing practice? What about all the places names 'Dynamite' Sushi. The roots of the terminology are totally different. Also, I'm in marketing and PR, and I am NAUI certified and dive regularly. All you ever do on these posts is complain. Lighten up. And, Tish- really? Why not be positive and encourage our local restauranteurs? Also, what does 'Tish-U' have to do with graphics? You're an entrepreneur; you should be supportive. And, Edward... are you the same guy that spent a fortune to block open-air restaurants in our town over the years or paid solicitors to go around HB and ensure that the fun clubs close early?. MB is just fine, and it's a fantastic place to live. In fact, the great restaurant establishments, of which we could use more, make it so. What a bunch of curmudgeons. Were you ever young?
Heather Ashby January 08, 2013 at 11:10 PM
Gerry, people WILL NOT stay away in droves! Exaggerate much? Letitia, can't you come up with something better than that to write? And, Edward... Why in the world do you live in the South Bay (LA, or even California for that matter) if you don't want alcohol? Why don't you just pick up and move your uptight ass to Utah! I'm sure no one will miss you here! You all need to lighten the hell up! It's just a restaurant for pete's sake and it's going to be a damn good one thanks to Chef Dave!
neenerneener January 08, 2013 at 11:16 PM
I am looking forward to Chef Lefevre's new venture and am excited at the prospect of having another dining option in MB! His food at Post is amazing! I've never met the other commentators, but remind me not to hang out with any of them (except Steven) if I ever do! I can imagine such a get together--humorless, alcohol free and whine-filled. Sounds fun!! Support small and local businesses!! Good luck to you, Chef Lefevre!
Jeffrey Showalter January 08, 2013 at 11:45 PM
But Steve, Ed is a PhD and therefore more informed and intelligent than any of us lay people. We should, therefore, listen to him. His argument was so compelling, he didn't even need to paste his title after his name...I could tell he was a man to whom we should all listen based solely on the exceptional prose contained in his post. You keep up the good work, Ed. We need more people like you telling the rest of us how to live our lives. Bravo, sir...bravo. And for Ed and Tish, you guys really need to relax. Maybe it is a stupid name. So what? You know what's more stupid? Blackballing a restaurant because of it's name before the place has even opened. MB needs more places that focus on the quality of the food and David is one of the few chefs to do that. Kudos to him for opening a new place. Shame on both of you for being so ridiculous. Jeff Showalter, NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, NCAA, PGA, CIA, FBI, LOL, LMFAO Manhattan Beach Resident Land Rover Driver Paul Reed Smith Player Adidas Wearer Nose Picker
Eric Withee January 08, 2013 at 11:53 PM
Sing it, Steve! Couldn't have said it better myself. Get lives, people. Have you ever even been to MB Post? Because if you had, you wouldn't care what the name of the restaurant was. You would be too excited about the good food being offered. As a resident of Hermosa, there's nowhere in LA that I would rather live. Manhattan & Hermosa are two of the most vibrant beach communities in California with equally vibrant histories. We are lucky enough to live in a place where people go on their vacations! If you are so perturbed by the fact that there are too many restaurants and taverns that serve alcohol, consider that you'd be happier living in a place with different attributes that require different business models.
Kim Withee January 08, 2013 at 11:57 PM
Proof positive that we need more places like MB Post and Fishing with Dynamite...try to get a reservation! The demand is clearly there and I for one am thrilled to see MB restaurants raising the bar. I would love to see some of this trickle over to my hometown of Hermosa :) Congratulations Chef David!
Jenny Mattson January 09, 2013 at 12:26 AM
I love the name!
Jenny Mattson January 09, 2013 at 12:27 AM
Don't take it so seriously. Its a restaurant not a political stance.
Jenny Mattson January 09, 2013 at 12:29 AM
well said.
Edward C. Caprielian, Ph.D. January 09, 2013 at 06:20 AM
Manhattan Beach prospers largely on the entertainment services it provides to residents and visitors. The city ranks 110 among 117 cities with the highest concentration of alcohol outlets that correlates with physical and mental harms and alcohol-related vehicular accidents. Once an establishment receives a permit to serve and sell alcohol it is irreversible and passes on in a sale to a new owner. Consequently, Manhattan Beach faces a pragmatic, not a moralistic choice. It is a matter of profit and loss. We profit from our entertainment services. However, there are substantial costs. The greatest of those costs are the irreparable harms to our youth. The Los Angles County Department of Public Health notes, “Alcohol is the most frequently used drug among teenagers and is a leading cause of death from injuries among people under the age of 21. Preventing and reducing underage drinking, which increases the risk of alcohol- related problems later in life, is especially important. Alcoholism among Manhattan Beach youth has not dissipated and our entertainment venue aggravates alcoholism by the continuous images it provides to our residents – both young and old. Edward C. Caprielian, Ph.D. Manhattan Beach Resident
Jamie Reidy January 09, 2013 at 11:28 AM
Gerry and Letitia, you both sound like a party waiting to happen. I'm so bummed we won't be hanging out at FWD soon. Chef David Lefevre earned a Michelin star at downtown LA's Water Grill for being a seafood savant, so everyone in the South Bay should be thrilled that he will be focusing on fish at his new venture.
Steven Shimek January 09, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Dr. Caprielian, I've lived here for going on 20 years. I've patronized all of the restaurants and know most of the owners- good people. I've worked with the City and its leaders. Your argument is 100% flawed. Your comments are based upon misleading stats. When was the last time you took a sunset walk down MB Blvd or Ave? Perhaps at Midnight? Did you see a lot of staggering youth (or adults) drunkenly wandering around or people blowing through stoplights killing small animals and nice couples? If so, please send us the police report, mobile images or other data. It isn't happening. All of that said, one must question your true motives in posting such vitriolic commentary about a restaurant that has yet to open its doors. We should all go back and review your posts on Fishbar, Strand House, Post and any other great establishments. I assume that you also consider Fonz and Cafe Pinot to be a blight upon our town. You care nothing for the residents of this town; you just have your 'Mission,' and by God you're gonna make sure that the world is run your way. Now, let's look at your report. I've included the active link (the old one you sent all over town is longer up): http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/sapc/resources/AODFinalRevised13012.pdf Go to page 9. How on Earth did you miss the fact that MB is well below the average for ALL categories. And that driving stat- guarantee that's Sepulveda, Rosecrans and Marine- non residents 'fleeing' to the East. Good Day, Sir.
Edward C. Caprielian, Ph.D. January 09, 2013 at 05:11 PM
Mr. Shimek: Thank you for your comments and the opportunity for a constructive dialogue. We are both long-term residents and would hope we have the mutual interest of promoting Manhattan Beach as stated in the Mission Statement of the Manhattan Beach City Council. To preserve the small town beach character of the city. As I stated, I have no objection to another fine restaurant as M.B. Post. I strongly object and plan to aggressively halt it serving alcohol to ensure that MB does not turn into another HB. Please consider reiviewing the statistics in "Reducing Alcohol-Related Harms in Manhattan Beach." MB is ranked 110 out of 117 cities in On Premises Acohol Outlet Density, a ranking near the apex. It is ranked 77 out of 117 in Off Premises Alcohol Outlet Density putting MB in the md-level ranking. MB ranks 68 in Motor Vehicle Crash Rate put the city in the "High" (3rd Quartile). Although MB ranked very low in Alcohol-Related Violent Crimes. However, our crime rate is increasing. Recent examples of major crimesi include the stabbings at Marine Park last week; the attempted robbery and hostage taking in the Manhattan Village Mall; the stabbing at Baja Sharkeex; the woman robbed at gunpoint near Office Depot; the cigar store robbery and attempted murder in which an employee's neck was slashed; and, multiple home invasion robberies and burglaries. Please permit me to continue in a subsequent comment due to limited space. Edward C. Caprielian, Ph.D.
Edward C. Caprielian, Ph.D. January 09, 2013 at 05:38 PM
Mr. Shimek: (Con't) Since the report was published, MBPD Police Chief Irvine has reported increased in burgaleries over 34%, car thefts increased over 30%, and grand theft auto over 23%. (Easy Reader, June 7, 2012). Assaults in MB increased 40%. DUIs increased significantly in 2011 compared to the previous five years. While overall crime rates in the South Bay cities declined in 2011, the overall rate in MB increased. Although data as to the incidents being alcohol-related is unavailable to me. However, extensive research cited in the report demonstrates a clear corrleation between high alcohol outlet density and high crime. As I noted, MB is at the cusp of emerging problems due to its current policy of not putting caps on alcohol outlets as HB is now doing. How many MB familities with small children do you see in downtown Manhattan Beach on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Almost none. Please let me know if I can provide you information documenting the statistics that I provided. In addition, if you wish, I would appreciate a continued constructive dialogue that is substantive and objective and free of personal attacks. Further the following statement you provided in a previous comment is false: "And, Edward... are you the same guy that spent a fortune to block open-air restaurants in our town over the years or paid solicitors to go around HB and ensure that the fun clubs close early?." Edward C. Caprielian, Ph.D.
Steven Shimek January 09, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Edward, I appreciate your passion, but the stats just do not support your argument. We are WELL below the average for LA (most of Cali). And those crimes are not committed by residents, nor, with the exception of Sharkeez, by people patronizing our establishments that serve alcohol. That same Inglehood creep that stabbed someone at Sharkeez would never be seen in one of Dave's establishments- He's not opening a crazy party bar. These crimes are committed by thugs and other criminals that are drawn to our town by the WEALTH of the residents- if we didn't have the money and jewelry and the high quality of living (including fine eating establishments) these thugs would never come to town. They then haul ass at top speeds down the three main thoroughfares. Honestly, Edward, do you think that the boys stopped off at Fonz or Post or Ercs before heading to the Tree Section to rob a few homes or then roll to the mall to grab a hostage? Come one. This is just common sense. It really has nothing to do with fine restaurants or even a local bar serving alcohol. The stats that show our rankings for # of establishments of any sort serving alcohol do not remotely correlate to Page 9 of the report. This town is full of successful, responsible adults who enjoy fine dining. There is no reason not to support it. If we get rid of the finer establishments in MB, we lose a lot of tax revenue and respectable citizenry. Then you'll see crime...
Liz Spear (Editor) January 09, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Hi Heather, No profanity, please. I just had to remove a comment that violated Patch policy so let's keep the conversation clean. Opinions, yes, swear words, no. Thanks to all for your comments.
Eric Withee January 09, 2013 at 07:37 PM
Dear Edward, It seems you have a lot of time to think and write about this, but I feel you are fighting a losing battle. Preaching the harms of alcohol aren't going to change minds in our community anymore than those people who tote signs, hollering bible verses. Do you ever wonder why a list of the biggest party schools in the country exists, and why the schools at the top of the list are among the largest and most popular? The practice of distilling alcohol for consumption has been around since pre-historic times. Have you considered that the US War On Drugs is one of the biggest failures this country has ever maintained? Since Chief Irvine's completely overblown actions with regards to 6-Man/Surf Fest in 2012, anything she says stirs my suspicions. I'm willing to bet that the majority of those crimes with increased percentages were perpetrated by people who don't even live in the South Bay. That being said, looking for a solution to reduce the influx of non-locals every weekend is as much of a pipe dream for me as fighting a new establishments' liquor license is for you. And since you mentioned it, have you considered that the caps now being imposed in HB may be causing bar patrons to spill into MB? You actually quoted that MB ranks very low for alcohol related crimes, but that it's crime rate is increasing. I think you may have lost focus on the root of the problem by fighting a restaurant's liquor license.
Jack Charles January 12, 2013 at 09:57 PM
Well you just go right ahead and "maximize", Doc. Why not start a temperance league while you're at it?
Edward C. Caprielian, Ph.D. January 14, 2013 at 10:38 PM
The proposed Fishing With Dynamite restaurant will be located at 1148 Manhattan Avenue, presently the location of Talia's. Edward C. Caprielian, Ph.D. Manhattan Beach Resident
Jose Bacallao February 07, 2013 at 09:02 PM
Dear Chef David, My friends, family and I enjoy eating at MB Post. We live in Hermosa Beach and support our Hb restaurants as well as Manhattan Beach restaurants. Fishing with Dynamite? Are you really naming you restaurant after one of the most heinous and destructive fishing practices in human history? Here are a few references which may help illustrate my concerns: http://datamanagement.reefcheck.org/factsheet.asp?surveyID=3&issuecode=iBF&display=moreinfo I hope you reconsider the name and change it. Once it does we will come eat there another wise my friends and family will not be spending our money in your new restaurant. Respectfully, Jose Bacallao
Jose Bacallao February 07, 2013 at 09:07 PM
Steven Fishing with dynamite is a serious reef/environmental issue. Yes it is real and it is serious. Thanks


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