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Downtown Manhattan Beach Restaurants to Offer 'Junior Guard Lunches'

Jun 13, 2022 09:39AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
Downtown Manhattan Beach restaurants have created a way to make lunchtime easy for kids in the Junior Guard program, with a new Junior Guard lunch special.

Five participating restaurants will offer a JG lunch special, always for a flat $10, including tax and tip.

Spending the summer in the Junior Guards program is a time-honored Manhattan Beach tradition for kids starting as young as nine years old. For many kids, buying lunch with their friends before or after a Junior Guards session is their first solo experience ordering at a restaurant and paying for their own food.

"Our Downtown Manhattan Beach restaurants want to support our local kids this summer," said Jill Lamkin, executive director of the Downtown Manhattan Beach Business and Professionals Association. "With rising employment and food costs, reasonably priced lunches for our JGs were going to be scarce. We appreciate the 'local love' this community has shown our small businesses and this is one way we can return the favor. We look forward to showing our JGs some local love this summer."

The five downtown Manhattan Beach restaurants, and takeout lunch options, include: 

Brewco: Choice of chicken tenders, grilled cheese, or cheese quesadilla. All meals served with french fries and applesauce. Choice of canned Coke or Sprite.

El Sombrero #1: Choice of cheese or chicken quesadilla, bean and cheese burrito, enchilada with rice & beans, 1/2 rice and 1/2 beans, taco with rice and beans, 1/2 nachos, chicken burrito, chicken and rice and bean bowl, plus drink. (Also allows dine-in option.)

Health Nut: Half sandwich plus chips. Sandwich choices include tuna and avocado, tuna salad, spicy tuna salad, chicken salad, turkey, BLT avocado, avocado and cheese, veggie, or egg salad.

Simmzy's: Choice of chicken tenders, grilled cheese, hamburger, cheeseburger or chicken taco with a side of fries or veggie sticks, plus drink.

The Kettle: Choice of chicken tenders, mini burgers or mac & cheese with a side of fries or fruit, plus drink.

This year's Junior Guards sessions will be held from June 15-July 12 (morning and afternoon), and July 13-August 9 (morning and afternoon).

The closest Junior Guards locations are in Manhattan Beach at Marine St., Hermosa Beach at 14th St., Hermosa Beach at 2nd St. (TK), and El Segundo at the jetty.

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