In a food loving city like Pasadena, nothing stays the same for long. Even places that seem popular or have been staples through the decades manage to change things up. Check out a few of the local restaurants that are doing some moving and shaking in the new year:
Twohey’s is an iconic diner that originated in Pasadena but has spent much of its 75-year history over in Alhambra. Shortly after announcing the more modern Twohey’s Tavern opening up in Pasadena, Twohey’s announced that the original location would be closing. Now it seems that the original Twohey’s is moving back to Pasadena and taking over the former Carmine’s over in South Pasadena, which means that there will be two Twohey’s locations, each with a unique vision and vibe but some menu crossovers.
Despite earning rave reviews from the pros and making an appearance or two on Jonathan Gold’s list of essentials, Spanish styled Racion is shutting down and shifting gears. Owner Loretta Peng says that the team will remain the same but the name and the concept are changing. Racion is now Dérive, a New American restaurant with an organic and local focus.
New Chef Moves in
In South Pasadena, Chef Kevin Malone of pop-up Gargantua has been named the new chef at Crossings, an upscale restaurant in a historic building.
Panda Express Introduces New Panda
Panda Express keeps bringing new Panda concepts into town, including the latest newly opened Panda Express + Tea Bar on South Lake. Panda + Tea is a veggie-focused spot that will still offer favorites like orange chicken, but with a healthier spin like in a salad. Look for dishes like Brussel sprouts, kale and other vegetables that do well in a wok as well as dishes that have made prior appearances at the Panda Innovation Kitchen, like the scallion pancake. And of course, plenty of tea drinks to accompany your meal.
New Steakhouse in SGV
If you’re looking to get out of town but don’t want to go too far, then check out the San Gabriel Sheraton. The hotel recently opened up EST Steakhouse, complete with a mod design aesthetic and an updated steakhouse menu. Seafood towers and supersized steaks are on site as are prawn cocktails but also dumplings, crab & avocado toast, raw dishes and more. There are also veggie-centric options, should you be staying away from beef.
New Plans at Maestro
Maestro is best known for its modern Mexican cuisine and plentiful tequila and mezcal selections. To pair with the long list, Maestro is introducing a “residency program” where guest chefs bring in their expertise to either create a new rift on existing menu items or create brand new ones. The current guest chef through the end of the month is Chef Victor Totoris from Venice’s Scopa Italian Roots. The full-residency chef is available on the restaurant’s website at https://www.maestropasadena.com.
Shelter from the Storms: Pasadena Bad Weather Shelter open through March 1
Thanks for reading our post on the Restaurant Kingdom Around Town Pasadena! On another matter, the Pasadena Bad Weather Shelter is open during the current bad weather season, on nights with a forecast of 40 degrees or below and/or 40 percent chance of rain until March 1. During the 2015-2016 winter, the last season with available records, the BWS was open a total of 33 nights. It served a total of 1,941 guests — 1,423 men and 518 women.
To find out if the shelter is open each night, call the BWS Hotline at (888) 915-8111. For all other questions, call(626) 797- 2402.