MANHATTAN BEACH Calif. —Given the beating casual dining has taken in the current recession, one might wonder why Mike Simms decided to open not one, but two new casual-dining concepts here over the next few months. The first restaurant, a 40-seat venue called Simmzy’s with craft beers on draft and a playful surfer theme, was scheduled to open in early May in a prime location near the ocean in Manhattan Beach. In June, the ...

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