Old Pasadena’s dining is legendary for constantly changing things up -— out with the old and in with the new. Eater reports that this month alone two restaurants are closing up in favor of brand new concepts:
Arcadia’s The Derby owner Dustin Nicolarsen is coming to town. According to snippets on Eater, the local restaurateur may not be opening one place, but two. Nicolarsen has apparently but his name on paperwork for a new spot going in to the old Cheval Blanc Bistro space at 41 S. De Lacey Avenue, although there is yet to be word on what the new place will be. And a while back Nicolarsen was also said to be taking over the historic Carmine’s space on Fair Oaks in South Pasadena. However, there’s no word on whether or not that is still happening, or he’s decided to favor the Cheval Blanc Bistro space instead of Carmine’s.
Also closing up shop to make way for a new eatery is Kal’s Mediterranean Bistro. Open for a mere two years, Eater reports that a fish grill concept is due to open in the now available space. Historically, it’s a section of Old Town that sees a lot of comings and goings, but with the arrival and popularity of Union, some businesses have managed to last longer than others. Nikka Fish and Grill is the name of the new fish grill, which is apparently also the name of a similar casual spot in the Santa Barbara area, but it has yet to be determined whether the spots are related.
Stay in touch and we will let you know the moment we find out more.