Downturn has Long Beach-area
restaurants evolving to survive
April 2009 | By Karen Robes Meeks
LONG BEACH -- La Strada Italiano, the Second Street restaurant Lisa Ramelow has owned for 15 years, has been more than just a business to her.
It has helped her through the grief of her husband's death, offered the single mother a chance to raise her two children and created a life rooted in Belmont Shore.
Women in Business: La Strada Italiano
‘Fell Into Her Lap’
June 2010 | By Amy Dempsey
La Strada Italiano looks as though it belongs in New York’s Little Italy, with its red-and-white-checkered tablecloths, French doors that open to the street and authentic food and wine. But instead, it is one of Bel-mont Shore’s hot spots.
Owner Lisa Ramelow says the restaurant originally started as Café La Strada when her father opened it with a partner 16 years ago. But the business deal soured, and the restaurant “fell into my lap,” Ramelow said.
Restaurants Say Thanks To Customers
April 2010 | By Darcy Leigh Richardson
Loyalty — it’s the key to a business’s survival in a down economy.
Two businesses that are celebrating 15-year and 16-year anniversaries this year recognize the importance of their customers’ continued patronage, the value of those customers spreading the word to bring new recruits, and the dedication of their employees.
Lisa Ramelow, owner of La Strada Italian restaurant, 4716 E. Second St., is hosting her Eighth Annual Customer Appreciation Dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, May 3, at the restaurant.
Packing up pin-ups
January 2010 | By Jeff Gritchen
Jaime Nikoletich (Miss April), center; her sister, Callie Nikoletich, left; and Rachel Campbell (Miss November), right, laugh over some of the notes to the troops that have been added to La Strada Restaurant's pin-up calendar featuring waitresses of the Second Street eatery as they pack the calendars for shipment on Monday. At right, Miss April signs her month. The calendar was originally conceived as a fundraiser to fight pancreatic cancer. It has become popular with the troops, some of whom, below, are perusing calendars in Iraq.
To all of those who believed in La Strada’s Restaurant to honor us, we thank you! It has been our greatest joy to be featured in the articles and clippings below. For those who have shared moments with us, we are grateful.