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Peter Kim, Sloopy's Cafe in North Manhattan

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The South Bay Show

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We will talk about the history of Sloopy's, how Peter Kim and the restaurant have adapted during the pandemic and doing business in the North End of Manhattan Beach. It certainly has different offerings and its own personality up there.

Sloopy’s has been around since 1967, the name per se.  It was originally called the Hamburger Shack when it was established in 1950 by the original owner, Mary Brown.  In 1964, the Lucas family purchased it, and renamed it Sloopy’s in 1967.  My wife and I purchased Sloopy’s in November of 1989, so we’ve owned it for over 30 years.

Peter Kim was in finance/investment banking until his wife got sick in 2009, from there on I have been running it.  My wife, Helen Kim, is fine now to the point where she’s been helping me as well as my grown kids who work a primary job.  Both of us grew up in LA.  Peter in Glendale, and Helen in Van Nuys.  Peter went to school at UC San Diego.  His kids are grown.  Son is working at Oracle corp. The oldest daughter is also at Oracle. And my youngest daughter is a Senior at the University of Michigan.  She’s on the golf team.  All three kids played D1 golf, son at USC, daughter at U of M, and youngest at U of M.  The kids all graduated from Mira Costa and went to MBMS.


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