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The Standing Room to Expand?

The Standing Room, a standing-room-only takeout counter inside Catalina Liquor, may be looking to get some table space, according to LA Weekly's Squid Ink blog.

Tucked inside , the is a take-out window that serves some of the best burgers in Redondo Beach—and it may be looking at expanding, according to a brief mention in a review on the LA Weekly's Squid Ink blog.

Writer Linda Burum—who describes the eatery as a "miniscule, seatless deli, opened on a shoestring by young chef Lowell Bakke … shoehorned into a space the size of a walk-in closet at the back of his family's business"—says that the operators of the year-old Standing Room are "in the market for an actual restaurant space."

Right now, the Standing Room is, well, standing-room only. Customers eat their food on the bus bench outside or on plastic milk crates behind the store, according to Burum.

The deli's Hawaiian-inspired cuisine, gourmet burgers and Parmesan-truffled fries have impressed Redondo Beach Patch readers. In fact, the Standing Room very narrowly lost the in Redondo Beach.

"Where can you find Thai crab mayo? Short rib on a burger topped with bacon and fried egg? Fries with Furikake? A soft shell crab sandwich?!" asked commenter Felicia Lopez during the competition. "These are only a few of the many reasons why I love the Standing Room."

The Standing Room is located inside Catalina Liquor at 144 N. Catalina Ave. in South Redondo Beach.


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