“Welcome to Schooner or Later”
would like to tell you some of our background.
opened our doors on May 12, 1985 and it has been great so far.
When we bought this café, the name was not Schooner or Later; it was called the Little Ships Galley, owned by Earl and Helen Schultz. Our most famous dish is called the “Schultzie’s Mess”, created by Helen and Schultzie (Earl’s Nickname). Schultzie continued to be very much a part of Schooner or Later. He made chili from scratch for us every week until he was 80 years old and we got to busy for him to keep up. He was here every day enhancing the lives of the old and the new. The Schultzes owned the Galley for 20 years, and customers still sometimes come in and ask about them. Helen lives in Oklahoma since Schultzie passed away in 1989.
Now a tidbit about our family. Schooner’s is family owned and operated. Someone from our family is always here; that may account for our success. We care and we try to monitor everything that goes on here. We like to hear from our employees, as well as our customers, if something is not going according to our standards.
That’s us! Denny and Denise, also on the back of the menu. Denise was about 5 and Denny was 8. Beverly is our mother. We grew up in Long Beach and graduated from Millikan High, Denny is also an alumni of CSULB. Denise’s kids are Cori and Curtis, she also has a grandson, Ryan.
A little information on the restaurant:
The mural on the wall is of downtown Long Beach and the Pike. The picture was taken circa 1933. The Jukebox is a restored original circa 1943. The artwork above the counter is from the Towne Theatre that was in North Long Beach in the 50s and 60s. The bike is a copy of the original.
Denny and Denise Lund
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