Renovated concession stand to pay homage to Salt Creek’s history


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The featured image: Pictured is a rendering of the new concession stand in Salt Creek, Young’s Beach Shack, which will pay homage to the Young Brothers, who first ran the stand from 1925 to 1968. The concession stand is expected to open at the end of the summer. Rendering: Courtesy of Kurt Bjorkman

By Breeana Greenberg

Zach’s Salt Creek at Salt Creek Beach will soon be replaced by Young’s Beach Shack.

In name and design, the new concession stand will be a nod to the history of the beach and the two brothers who ran a successful beach concession stand there from 1925 to 1968.

The new stand, slated to open in September, will pay homage to Jim and Steve Young, who gave up farming inland to instead run their iconic Young’s Beach Camp concession stand in Salt Creek for more 40 years old.

Prior to opening, the new dealer, 10th Hole Associates, plans to perform a complete overhaul of the cabana’s interior and a “cosmetic refresh” of the exterior. Demolition has already begun and construction will continue throughout the summer.

Mark Christy, managing partner of the Ranch at Laguna Beach, which is a 10th hole partner, said Dana Point Time this week that Young’s Beach Shack aims to “restore Creek’s timeless vibe.”

“The Young brothers introduced the world to this crescent-shaped piece of paradise beginning in 1925, and we’re thrilled to introduce a new generation of beachgoers to the OG history of this stretch of sand and surf.” , he said in an email. .

Christy explained that the design of the renovated booth will attempt to replicate the weathered design of the Young brothers’ original beach hut.

“For longtime locals, when considering a beach concession concept in Salt Creek, the choice was pretty obvious,” Christy wrote. “I grew up here, and our family wagon touched these sands in the early 60’s. I also had the honor of hearing Dick Metz and the great and late Hobie Alter tell the story of Creek’s early days and Killer Dana.

“We hope to make this the new go-to for local surfers and residents who want to enjoy epic and elevated food and drink offerings in an unparalleled setting with a front-row view of the lineup just offshore and the sunset that inspired the original (the) endless summer poster,” Christy continued.

10th Hole was last month awarded the lease for the county-owned concession area, formerly Zach’s Salt Creek, after approval by the Orange County Board of Supervisors. The 10-year lease begins May 1 and includes an option to extend for up to two additional five-year terms.

Consistent with The Ranch and Lost Pier, 10th Hole’s focus will continue to be on sustainability at the new concession stand.

Striving to receive an “Ocean Friendly Restaurant” designation from the Surfrider Foundation – recognition which The Ranch and Lost Pier have already received – Young’s Beach Shack will not use single-use plastics, offering compostable disposables while aiming to reducing disposable products and offering reusable containers.

Seafood and produce will be locally sourced and food waste will be returned to the Ranch for composting. In addition, the oils from the fryers on the new stand will be transformed into biofuels or soaps by an outside company.

Young’s Beach Shack will serve breakfast, pastries, soups, salads, seafood and more. 10th Hole is also looking to serve beer and wine, pending liquor control license approval. The stand will also offer equipment rentals to beach visitors and host special events.

“We strive to make locals proud to live and work here, so bring these suggestions,” Christy said.

Breeana Greenberg is the city reporter for the Dana Point Times. She graduated from Chapman University with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Prior to joining Picket Fence Media, she worked as a freelance journalist for the Laguna Beach Independent. Breeana can be reached by email at [email protected]

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