Monthly Archives: March 2010

More Details About Le Cordon Bleu’s Expansion in Pasadena

The Star News building will be part of the new expanded campus of the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts

The President of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts – Los Angeles, Toni Bondi, was generous enough to provide some new drawings of what the expansion at the Pasadena campus will look like. Previously reported as the culinary school leasing 3 out of the 4 floors, Bondi has confirmed that all 4 floors have been leased out. Here is some additional information:

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New York Deli Coming to Old Pasadena

[UPDATED on 11/15/10: Please check out my video interview (below) with the owner of New York Deli, Leo Temory, on The P.R.E. [SHOW] with Brigham Yen]


The former upscale Famima!! Japanese convenience store (that unfortunately closed down several months ago) in Old Pasadena has been replaced by soon-to-open New York Deli, which claims to be bringing “a slice of New York to Pasadena.”

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Ideas for Pasadena: Connecting Pedestrians with a Pedestrian Bridge

A pedestrian bridge would go over the Gold Line train tracks

After covering the exciting new opening of the state-of-the-art Mohn Broadcasting Center (new home of KPCC), it became even more apparent that there should be improved pedestrian access to this new invaluable resource the community should take advantage of (well if they could walk there right?).

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89.3 KPCC Mohn Broadcasting Center Now Open in Pasadena

The new Mohn Broadcasting Center on South Raymond Ave

The very popular and venerable local public radio station, 89.3 KPCC, is now officially operating from the new Mohn Broadcasting Center located along the city-coined “Innovation Corridor” on South Raymond Ave. The half adaptive-reuse and half new ground-up broadcasting center was mostly completed about a month ago as the radio station’s main hosts, Larry Mantle and Patt Morrison, moved their programs from the old location at Pasadena City College to this new state-of-the-art $27 million complex. Some minor finishing touches to the exterior facade of the building, such as painting, are the only things left to do.

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Meet The Livingstone in Pasadena (Under Construction)

The Livingstone is actively under construction being converted into condos for sale

An exciting historic restoration project is developing on Los Robles Ave, just a 2 minute walk away from Macy’s and Paseo Colorado. The former Livingstone Hotel and Apartments is being converted to 32 luxury condominiums for sale as part of Phase I (Phase II will be a new ground-up project directly adjacent to The Livingstone).

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Construction on Le Cordon Bleu Expansion Begins in Pasadena

Le Cordon Bleu expansion includes annexing the former Glabman Furniture building by leasing 3 floors (out of 4)

Back in December, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts had apparently leased out 3 floors (out of 4) 4 floors of the former Glabman Furniture building (aka historic Pasadena Star News building) located directly across the street from the prestigious culinary school. I was extremely excited about this news because this was just the kind of substantial presence needed to help spawn more investment from other restaurants and related businesses by giving them confidence in the Playhouse District.

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Crossroads Trading Co. Opening Soon in Old Pasadena

Crossroads Trading Co. will be opening up soon in Old Pasadena

The vintage clothing store and Berkeley, CA-based, Crossroads Trading Co., buying, selling, and trading women’s and men’s clothes will be opening up in part of the former Hooters restaurant space on Colorado Blvd. next to the Peruvian restaurant Choza Mama.

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Big City Hot Dogs Coming to Old Pasadena

Big City Hot Dogs will open next King Taco in Old Pasadena

Looks like King Taco in Old Pasadena will have another casual restaurant as company soon. A hair salon space was sliced in half, with the downsized salon taking one side and an empty space now leased out to Big City Hot Dogs serving beef, turkey, and vegetarian dogs on the other side. Construction build out has already begun and it looks like those late night bar hoppers might have another place to get their fix besides King Taco.

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ArcLight Cinemas Coming to Pasadena

ArcLight Cinemas will be replacing Pacific Theatres at Paseo Colorado by summer 2010. Will this help set a new direction for Paseo Colorado?

Officially declared yesterday on ArcLight’s Facebook fan page, the upscale theatre chain (belonging to Pacific Theatres) will be opening their third location in Pasadena (the other two are located in Hollywood and Sherman Oaks). Set to open in summer 2010, ArcLight Cinemas will replace Pacific Theatres at Paseo Colorado.

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A Noise Within Theatre Readies for Ground Breaking in Pasadena

The theater will add another dynamic layer to the expanding transit-oriented development (TOD) next to the Gold Line Sierra Madre Villa station

Something exciting has been developing on the east end of Pasadena at the terminus of the Gold Line (Sierra Madre Villa). According to the Pasadena Star News, a renowned theater company called, A Noise Within, which is “the only classical repertory company in Southern California,” chose Pasadena to become its new permanent home and is ready to break ground next month in April on a 35,000 square foot (350 seat) theater costing $13 million. The development site is adjacent to the historic Stuart Pharmaceutical building and is part of the transit-oriented development (TOD), The Stuart, which is an 188-unit apartment rental building.

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