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Froggy’s Re-Opening 

Froggy’s Topanga is a longstanding, favored, fish cuisine hotspot for destination restaurant-goers along with Topanga locals who have been wanting the restaurant to reopen its doors since its June 2016 closing. While plans were in the making to reopen in 2019, a nationwide pandemic sealed its threshold shut for another couple of years. 

With only a handful of restaurants to choose from in the Topanga area, Froggy’s always added a cozy and nuanced vibe that few establishments could match, with its vaulted ceiling dining room, thirty-foot curtained windows, custom-carved wooden tables, and inside warm fireplace that owner Lance Roberts himself keeps crackling for his customers. “Our Froggy’s fire never extinguished, and it gave me solace to watch my customers warm their hands over its glow after coming in from the cold,” said Roberts. Alternative management hosted events at the restaurant throughout the past two years, but in recent months Roberts has been quietly and gradually renovating the place. What better way to kick off a Froggy’s reinstatement than with a robust, festive holiday party.

A decision to reopen the restaurant for a 2021 Christmas gala came on the heels of a conversation between Roberts and event producer Pidge Jobst, who runs the Content Reign Entertainment (CRE) outfit, a socially conscious entertainment company that provides television series, webisodes, and feature films to the Industry, here in Topanga. 

On Saturday, December 18, CRE will host its Grinch Christmas Party at Froggy’s. Along with an outdoor 100-foot red carpet with photographers and snow falling on attendees beginning at 5:30 PM will be a ten-foot mouth sculpture of the Grinch, which event-goers will traverse through as part of the entranceway to the event. The event touts, if not taunts, Topanga locals to “come grouchy… come grumpy… but come green.” Its evening’s music and dancing will be provided by local DJ FahMina, outfitted in a costume-green color array. The gathering will also spotlight a Best Grinch outfit prize, key lime pie contest, a Whoville projected wall, a long spread dessert table served first (“…just how the Grinch likes it,” the flyer states), before a provided Grinch-Green Buffet, inclusive of the story’s “roast beast,” along with vegan and vegetarian sides, all hosted by character Ebenezer Scrooge.

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