Thunderbolt Pizza Striking Long Beach in October

Pizzeria will focus on New York-style crusts and will open completely refreshed.
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A new pizzeria, called Thunderbolt Pizza, is bound for Long Beach’s Bixby Knolls neighborhood in space that in recent years has been a revolving door to pizzerias: most recently PowWow Pizza which closed in January after less than a year, and Bella Pizza before that. Thunderbolt’s opening, at 4085 Atlantic Boulevard, is set for early October, according to Owner Jay Stebbins.

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Stebbins told What Now Los Angeles that he was attracted to the Bixby Knolls neighborhood because it’s a “really beautiful town with strong support for their businesses through the [business improvement district].” He also liked the spot because of its “phenomenal” brick oven and spacious refrigeration that will allow for making fantastic pizza dough.

The pizzeria is expected to offer New York-style pizzas, though the menu will be focused on well-crafted pizza, organic salads with a curated wine list, craft beer, and low-voltage drinks. Every few days, Stebbins will add on new items, which will be sure to delight.

“I absolutely love pizza,” Stebbins said. “I like pizza as a restaurant concept because when times are tight, you can dress it down. When times are good, you can dress it up. And pizza is one of those foods that bring people together.”

Michelle Goldchain

Michelle Goldchain is a D.C.-born content creator who previously worked as the Editor of Curbed DC at Vox Media for three and a half years. She has contributed to several local publications, including Vox, Education Week, Washington Business Journal, Eater DC, Washington City Paper, DCist, Washingtonian, and Greater Greater Washington. She also has a background in photography, social media management, and the visual arts. Her main side hustle is a surreal comedy show on YouTube, called Artsplained, that focuses on increasing interest and knowledge in the arts through quirky sketches and long-form essays.
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