Though Mickie Finnz on Catalina Avenue in Redondo Beach is no more, don’t be surprised to see owner Paul E. Hennessey still kicking around. He’s the familiar name behind the latest iteration of that space, to be called Rebel Republic Social House, opening sometime later this spring.
If you aren’t familiar with Hennessey directly, you likely know his work. This Patch articlefrom 2013 does a great job of laying it all out, from the dozen or so Hennessey’s Taverns floating around Southern California to Mickie Finnz (which now only exists in Las Vegas) to The Wine Bistro in Dana Point. Hennessey owns the upcoming Rebel Republic address on Catalina, which is why over the years he’s flipped it from one concept to another — including this latest turn as a craft beer-focused ‘social house.’
There’s no menu to speak of yet, but Rebel Republic calls itself a home for ‘rustic comfort food,’ with both ‘global and domestic influence.’ There will also be craft cocktails alongside the South Bay’s mandatory beer selection, spread across a large restaurant with room for bar seating, a small lounge, an interior dining room for a more comfortable dinner experience, and a patio.
Per Facebook, the place seems ready to come together sometime later this spring. There’s still plenty of construction going down inside, though they are hiring up already, which would seem to indicate that it won’t be much longer. This Rebel Republic in Redondo seems to be the first iteration of what could very well become part of a growing California brand for Hennessey and his team, considering the millenial overtones and craft beer push. But for now, it’s just this single outlet on Catalina Avenue, coming later this spring.