Founded in 1997, by local beach volleyball legend Mike Dodd, and restaurateur Dan Boehle, Fonz’s, (named after Mike Dodd’s Dad), is at the top of the list, when it comes to fine dining in Manhattan Beach. What started out as a fun thought, has turned into a well established, very successful and a favorite Manhattan Beach restaurant among locals and visitors alike.
In January of 2005, Mike sold the restaurant to his partner Dan Boehle. Boehle has been in charge of Fonz’s since the beginning, and is a big reason why Fonz’s has beaten the odds, in a very tough business. Boehle also attributes the more recent success to his starting lineup, “Walter Tomlinson (Gator), John Churchill (Church) and Aimee Fahlbusch make up the core of the management team. Chef Margarito Garcia – what can I say, he is by far the most dedicated worker I have ever been around. He has worked his way to the top by hard work and experience. Luis Cruz runs the night shift and is as solid as you can get. The kitchen staff continues to grow in their efforts to be the best they can. Their work ethic is impeccable. And last but not least, my wait staff and bussers, most of which have been with me for six years or more. We have built a family that’s going to be around a long time to serve the South Bay.”
Manhattan Beach’s Hometown Eatery