The only constant is change and that’s certainly been true on Catalina Island the last few years.
In January we bid a sad farewell to CC Gallagher. Located in what used to be a Security Pacific bank branch, this unique destination for wine, beer and tapas as well as coffee, gelato and sushi will be closing in the middle of the month. A favorite on the Avalon Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour thanks to their innovative beer floats, CC Gallagher has also been a popular hangout for visitors and locals alike due to their great food, warm hospitality and diverse beer, wine and sake menu.
For more than three decades this family-owned business was been part of the fabric of Catalina, first as a retail store and eventually evolving into its last incarnation as an upscale destination for oenophiles and foodies. With the bank’s vault serving as a memorable wine cellar, wine fans were always able to find a distinctive bottle either to take with them or enjoy on site. It also offered local artwork, irresistible jewelry and unique home décor.
Most weekends you could find local musicians playing a live mix of classical guitar, surf rock, or current hits. This support of the arts was so great to see in a retail/food space. In a town where most businesses claim they didn’t have enough room to host live music, CC Gallagher made it happen on a regular basis.
CC Gallagher’s comfortable patio on the Claressa Avenue side of the building offered a perfect perch for people watching and its proximity to the Catalina ferry terminal at the Cabrillo Mole made it a great stop for last minute fortifications before catching the boat.
Owners Pam and Rick Miller have deep ties to the island and will continue to operate the deli at CC Beau while they close up their other Avalon store front, Legend.
With its enviable position on the corner of Crescent Avenue and Claressa Street, combined with its distinctive Catalina tile exterior, the location will soon transform into something new, but the memories created CC Gallagher will resonate long after it closes for the last time.