On Sunday and Monday nights in April, BO-Beau is offering a three-course menu for $34.99 per person that has a selection of classic French dishes from Thee Bungalow, like the roasted half duck and seafood bouillabaisse.
Thee Bungalow served San Diegans for over 30 years and was a destination frequented to celebrate special occasions including weddings, engagements, anniversaries and birthdays.
“Thee Bungalow was such an institution,” said K. Luna, BO-beau general manager. “People can still remember what they ate there so many years ago. Many locals grew up spending Thanksgiving and Christmas at Thee Bungalow, so there’re memories galore here.”
Luna, an Ocean Beach resident, started working at Thee Bungalow the last year it was open, where she met all the restaurant regulars. While brainstorming with BO-Beau chef Katherine Humphus, the pair came up with the idea of re-creating the menu from the former era. The two were particularly nervous about preparing the roasted duck exactly as it was before, but after the first few batches of plates were served, they received a very positive response from diners.
“No one wants to see places close,” said Luna. “But we hope to get [former patrons] in the door to try us out and see that we’re great, too.”
On April 14, former owner of Thee Bungalow (from 1969 to 2006) Ed Moore attended the revival dinner to reunite with locals and reminisce over old memories from the famed Ocean Beach institution.
Today, much of the BO-Beau staff lives and works in Ocean Beach. The restaurant holds Local Love Wednesdays, where they purchase products locally from the Ocean Beach Famers Market and prepare them the same day.
“We want the community to come see us,” said Luna. “We’ll keep feeding them and make them happy.”
Depending on the response from patrons, BO-beau may decide to make the Thee Bungalow revival an annual tradition. BO-beau is located at 4996 W. Point Loma Blvd. For more information, visit www.cohnrestaurants.com.