From 1913 to 1969, John Choura Sr. owned and operated meat markets in Chicago, built a successful grocery market chain and developed a restaurant landmark with long lines and a short wait. The success of these properties led the Choura family to California in the late 60’s, where they emerged in Long Beach as one of Southern California’s first catering companies.
Their reputation of superior service continued through three generations by offering quality food and beverage products one guest at a time and catering events such as the first Long Beach Grand Prix.
In the late 90’s, the legacy of the iconic Elks Lodge was coming to an end and needed new vision and a restored relevancy for the community. In 1997, The Grand Long Beach Event Center was born through an overhaul of all the event spaces including the Grand Ballroom and both outdoor courtyards, while the facility received exterior repairs and interior upgrades and enhancements.
“Event space is just the beginning when planning and creating amazing events,” says Jim Choura, Chief Executive Officer of Choura Venue Services.
Today, The Grand Long Beach focuses on creating a family-oriented yet professional experience for its guests and continues its legacy of high service standards. With a talented and energetic staff of 65 full time event professionals, we are proud to produce over 1,000 truly unique events every year.