Eat, Drink, and Play: SteelCraft Bellflower is Now Open!


Media Contact: Julia Lemke

Kim Gros (SteelCraft Founder) and Martin Howard (President/CEO of Howard CDM) along with Mayor Sonny Santa Ines, the Bellflower City Council, and vendors celebrate the SteelCraft Bellflower Ribbon Cutting. (Photos by: Lisa Hu Chen)

BELLFLOWER, Calif. (June 14, 2019)SteelCraft Bellflower, the 15,000 SF craft food and drink gathering space in Downtown Bellflower held its Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, June 13th, 2019. Complete with the ring of cowbells and heartfelt acknowledgments from SteelCraft founder, Kim Gros to all nine vendors, the community eagerly welcomed the small businesses into their home.

All the vendors at SteelCraft Bellflower (Ten Mile Brewing, Off Duty Wine Bar, Long Beach Creamery, Solid Coffee Roasters, Fritzi Coop, Pholanthropy, PRIME by Shenandoah, Cassidy’s Corner, and The Standing Room) are open for business and celebrating Grand Opening Weekend.

The sophisticated development made with 14 repurposed shipping containers was made possible by Gros; Partner and builder-developer, Martin Howard of Howard CDM; and the City of Bellflower’s esteemed Economic Development department, the City Council, and staff.

“I’ve been here 5 out of 6 of the past nights! I can enjoy a delicious meal with my husband, watch the game, and see my kids enjoying the space, running around in the kids’ area,” shared Gros. “I truly could not have done it without Martin and Howard CDM as my partner. They took a chance on a dreamer and I get to continue to dream and make places beautiful.”

Bailey the dog enjoys the new dog-friendly space (Photo by: Lisa Hu Chen)

Mayor Sonny Santa Ines echoed Gros’s sentiments and highlighted how impactful small businesses are for the Bellflower community.

“Over the past year, our community has pardoned the dust on the boulevard and patiently awaited the grand opening of SteelCraft. Frequent posts on social media have kept residents following this transformative project and attracted new interest from regional developers,” Mayor Santa Ines shared, “Howard CDM’s investment into the City of Bellflower shows that our community is moving in the right direction. The welcoming courtyard and variety of craft-food choices is fast-becoming Downtown Bellflower’s newest hangout for families and pets.”

SteelCraft Bellflower’s soon-to-be named cow (Mural: Mikala Taylor; Photo by: Lisa Hu Chen)

Over 2,000 guests dined in the space during SteelCraft Bellflower’s soft opening weekend. The parabolic wooden shade structure reminiscent of Bellflower’s rich dairy roots, the soon-to-be-named cow, the Bellefleur apple blossom-inspired mural, and the kids running around on mini hills, all add to the neighborhood charm.

Gros and Howard share the stage at the SteelCraft Bellflower Ribbon Cutting (Photo by: Lisa Hu Chen)

Howard sang the praises of his team and shared nothing but gratitude for the new space in Bellflower.

“We always collaborate and seek out ways to fulfill our vision of craft, community, and restoration. Beat up shipping containers are a piece of that—but our team continues to push each other to make the space better and better. Everyone from the construction side, to my SteelCraft team, to our architectural partner, Studio One Eleven, and our kitchen designer, Turpin Design Group—everyone has an important role in driving SteelCraft to evolve,” said Howard.

SteelCraft Bellflower activates Bellflower Blvd. and Oak St. (Mural by: Jonny Alexander; Photo by: Jakob Layman)

SteelCraft Bellflower is located on the corner of Bellflower Blvd. and Oak St. at 16500 Bellflower Blvd., Bellflower, CA 90706. SteelCraft is dog- and family-friendly with regular events and programming available to the community. Free City-provided parking is available throughout Downtown Bellflower. Visit for our parking guide, vendor hours, and calendar of events page.


SteelCraft is a Long Beach-based outdoor urban eatery with its second location in Bellflower and third location under construction in Garden Grove. Built with repurposed shipping containers, SteelCraft goes beyond placing a few shipping containers on a plot of land. We strive to become part of the DNA of the community. Through outreach, live music, and community events, engaging our neighbors is how we come together to celebrate the culinary experience.  ·  Instagram: @steelcraft


Howard CDM is a commercial general contractor and developer headquartered in Long Beach, CA. Howard CDM specializes in the construction, development and management of hospitality, retail and commercial projects in Southern California and nationwide. Howard CDM is the builder, developer and managing partner of SteelCraft.  ·  Instagram: @howard_cdm