The Deets on Huntington Beach House & Sand Box Beach Essentials

August 02, 2021

Widely celebrated as “Surf City” and home to the annual U.S. Open of Surfing, Huntington State Beach’s newest dining destination, The Huntington Beach House, and a first-of-its-kind beach-friendly recreation hub, The Sand Box Beach Essentials are now open! 

A landmark partnership between Prjkt Restaurant Group and the California State Park System, the two new concepts begin the second phase of a complete concession transformation of these Southern California State beaches. The contract comes five years after Prjkt Restaurant Group enhanced Bolsa Chica State Beach concessions in 2016. Led by creator Alicia Whitney and her team at Prjkt Concessions, these are the first two of four beachside concessions to open along a 3.5-mile stretch of Huntington State Beach.

The Sand Box Beach Essentials offers beachgoers access to groundbreaking lifestyle recreation vending machines, where surfboards and bikes including electric can be rented, and firewood is available to be purchased with the tap of the Brevvie app

These vending machines are accessible during all Park hours, seven days a week, and include a variety of beach-friendly items to rent or purchase, such as boogie boards, Yeti coolers, frisbees, volleyballs, Bluetooth speakers, and much more. The Sand Box’s vending machines are conveniently located adjacent to the Beach Volleyball Courts off Newland and Pacific Coast Highway. The front store is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Half a mile up the iconic “main drag” of Huntington State Beach at Beach Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway is The Huntington Beach House. Here, beachgoers can get an unparalleled dining experience with an incredible view of the Pacific Ocean.

The menu boasts craveable food offerings year-round, including mouthwatering sandwiches, salads, hamburgers, and a variety of unique beverages. 13 dine-in firepits are spread throughout a sandy, separate section and a 120-foot seated counter overlooking the beach welcomes diners into a “Golden State of Mind” – also the eatery’s tagline. The restaurant is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

“I’ve lived in Huntington Beach for decades, so I’ve seen firsthand the need for elevated concessions at our state beach, and when the opportunity came for me to partner with the California State Parks system, I could not pass it up,” said Whitney, Prjkt Restaurant Group CEO. “The Sand Box is a game-changer – it’s a first-of-its-kind vending machine for beach essentials. Forgot your boogieboard, a volleyball, sunscreen, or firewood? Don’t own a surfboard but want to test out the waves? No problem, we’ve got you covered!” 

Two additional concessions, Sahara’s Sandbar and California Fork and Spoon, will open at Huntington State Beach later this year and in 2022. 

Sahara’s Sandbar at Magnolia and Pacific Coast Highway will be a beachside destination for pizza, beer, and shaved ice. Named after Whitney’s daughter, Sahara, the youthful Bohemian vibe will be a modern reflection of mixed interior design elements. 

Additionally, State Parks will be at the center of California Fork and Spoon, with a Redwood-carved California State Bear sculpture in front of the Brookhurst and Pacific Coast Highway concession, ideal for photo moments. 

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Since 1993, Greer has been writing about fashion, dining and trends in Orange County, as a popular columnist for the Los Angeles Time Community Newspapers (Daily Pilot, Coastline Pilot and HB Independent) and now as founder of Greer’s OC.

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