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Malibu Pier debuts as event venue

The Malibu Pier, a historic landmark jutting into the surf in Malibu, Calif., reopened last night to show its seaside style as an event venue.

The space offers both indoor and outdoor locations and can host up to 400 guests. Preferred vendors are locals Los Angeles Party Designs as decorator, Atlas Party Rentals for rentals, and Bruce’s Catering for catering.

The pier has been closed for nearly a decade as various parties squabbled over its future. When the restoration of the century-old structure is complete, the pier will feature a restaurant, casual café, a surf and beach equipment rental shop, and a bait and tackle shop. Maritime operations including sport fishing and whale watching boats will also be available.

At last night's event, guests dined on ahi sandwich fingers with basil leaves, chicken skewers, mini burgers, and an array of dessert trays.

Ambience Music provided entertainment, while LAPD offered vignettes showing decor possibilities ranging from cocktail parties to a seated meal to a wedding ceremony.

Wedding by the waves: Los Angeles Party Designs shows a sample wedding setting on the newly reopened Malibu Pier (right).

Malibu Pier Events can be reached at 310/456-8031.

'Bu view: The Malibu Pier offers a sweeping view of the southern California Riviera (left).

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