Huntington Beach has already been good to Sandy's Beach Grill in the few weeks since it opened. And Friday, the beachside restaurant returned the favor.
The eclectic restaurant by the Huntington Beach Pier had barely opened its doors when a panel of judges awarded it the top prize at the Taste of Huntington Beach on April 25. Sandy's, the latest project of TS Restaurants, won the Best Taste 2010 award for its Cajun lamb chop with yogurt topping.
Friday, TS Restaurants, which oversees 14 locations in California and Hawaii, hosted a grand opening for Sandy's, inviting the public, the media and city officials to sample its cuisine. All proceeds went to the Huntington Beach Junior Lifeguards program, which trains kids ages 9 to 17 in water safety and environmental hazards.
By the time the last patron left Friday, Sandy's had racked up $2,150 in scholarship money for the Friends of the Junior Guards, the program's fundraising arm. Kyle Lindo, the city's marine safety chief who oversees the Junior Lifeguards program, said every contribution helps.