Inviting Exterior Says ‘Welcoming Neighborhood Bar’ While New Booths Have Been Added Inside
OB’s in Manhattan Beach, the locals’ hangout for sports, breakfasts, nighttime beers and the weekly ritual that is Taco Tuesday, has undergone a bit of a change of late.
And it’s proof that even when you’ve got something successful and cozy, change can be good.
Owner Steve Delk has slightly remodeled the interior and created more space for his hungry and thirsty customers for the wildly popular Taco Tuesday.
First, he added a booth that’s now the pub’s premier spot, between the bar and facing what I like to refer to as “the island,” the counter-like area with bar stools.
He then added a extra seats where the barrel of peanuts used to sit on the way to the bathroom, put in a booth between the bar and the women’s restroom and created extra space for a four to five spots at the bar. All this has reduced the waiting time for a table, which on some Tuesdays used to stretch to as much as half an hour.
He’s also cleaned up things by spiffing up the wooden tables and polishing the floor. Though you can still throw your peanut shells on it. And, though I have not seen it for obvious reasons, the ladies rave about the posh women’s restroom.
The big change, however, is with the exterior. The old familiar green awning with the heavy wooden dutch door and the painted sign announcing the day’s specials is gone. It’s now replaced with an impressive, almost English-style front that makes it look like an inviting neighborhood pub. Which is exactly what OB’s is, in fact.
A hanging OB’s sign out front just wants to make you go inside and have a cold Bud on draft.
One thing Steve has not changed – for the good – is the recipe in those awesome steak tacos. Some things should be left alone, even in the middle of change.
OB’s Pub & Grill is located at 3810 Highland in north Manhattan Beach (one block south of Rosecrans, next to Sharkeez and across from Pancho’s).