The Mayor Visits The Ordinarie

The Ordinarie Founder Christy Caldwell welcomes Mayor Robert Garcia and together they discuss the origins of the idea of this incredible American Tavern!

One of the most revered spaces in the city of Long Beach sets the backdrop to the latest concept restaurant that celebrates “historical nods” to the establishment of American hospitality and communal drinking. What was formerly known as The Blue Cafe, a popular music venue which closed in 2013, has been converted into a bespoke American Tavern which is something that’s simultaneously new and old feeling.

Caldwell reminisces about The Blue Cafe and how it was once a gem of the Long Beach music scene which was constantly filled with live music being performed on its once infamous stage. As a music enthusiast himself, Caldwell longed for the day to open a venue that would celebrate not only the legacy of the venue, but the time period associated to art-deco itself.

The original mosaic for Blue Cafe’s old entryway still sits at the foot of the building where
The Ordinarie is located in Downtown Long Beach. Photo by Brian Addison.

Christy Caldwell—and his Auld Dubliner partners David Copley and Eric Johnson—have created a true masterpiece that celebrates the art deco building.

The Ordinarie has been the brainchild of Christy Caldwell for several years now and it wasn’t until this incredible venue became available did the plan come together.

“I really loved this idea of exploring the origins of American hospitality,” says Caldwell. “And that is through The Ordinarie, which is what the Commonwealth called a tavern or bar when this country began becoming established.”

“Every community is required by law to build an Ordinarie for the receiving, refreshment, and entertainment of travelers and strangers.”

Caldwell’s history is accurate: the ordinarie, or what shortly after became known as the ‘tavern’ was incorporated into the laws of the Commonwealth of 1634: “Every community is required by law to build an Ordinarie for the receiving, refreshment, and entertainment of travelers and strangers.

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