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Honolulu Avenue Prepares for – and Welcomes – New Restaurants

Posted by on Feb 13th, 2014 and filed under News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Photo by Leonard COUTIN The former site of Rocky Cola, which closed over a year ago, is slated for a new restaurant called Bluejeans though no estimation is given as to when it may open.

Photo by Leonard COUTIN
The former site of Rocky Cola, which closed over a year ago, is slated for a new restaurant called Bluejeans though no estimation is given as to when it may open.

By Jason KUROSU

The past year has seen some notable Montrose restaurants change ownership, some with less certain futures than others.

The Rocky Cola Café, which enjoyed popularity and regular patronage at the corner of Honolulu and Verdugo for 25 years, has been undergoing renovations since its closure at the end of 2012. Jeffrey Williams, who operates Montrose’s Black Cow Café and Star Café as well as Clancy’s Crab Broiler and Jax Bar & Grill in Glendale, has applied for permits with the city, including a liquor license, for a restaurant named Bluejeans. It is unclear exactly what style of restaurant Bluejeans will be, but the application for a liquor license could mean an establishment catering more to nightlife.

Al’s Delicatessen has also been under construction for much of the past year. It is slated to become Seasoning Alley, a restaurant specializing in Mediterranean cuisine.  There is no set date for Seasoning Alley’s opening.

Polkatots, a cupcake shop that closed in July, will be re-christened as Benitoite, a restaurant specializing in California cuisine. Owner and La Cañada resident Armen Rostomian has served as a professional cook at several prominent restaurants, but Benitoite will be the first business he has owned and operated. The City of Glendale approved Benitoite’s application for a conditional use permit to sell beer and wine in December.

While some of the proposed establishments seem to be taking a long time to move into their new digs, Basin 141 further west on Honolulu Avenue appears to be thriving. Known back in the day as Barru, then Fat Dog, Basin 141 opened in October and has been described as a gastropub with a broad selection of craft beer and interesting, fun fare.

With a reputation as a dining destination continuing to grow and an economy that is steadily improving, Montrose seems ready – and eager – to accommodate these new dining establishments.

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1 Response for “Honolulu Avenue Prepares for – and Welcomes – New Restaurants”

  1. David says:

    Regarding the article titled – Honolulu Avenue Prepares for – and Welcomes – New Restaurants. Dated Feb 13th, 2014

    What’s happening to Blue Jean’s and Benitoite. Montrose residents were expecting them to be open for business over a year ago. Is there a set back due to permit issues or is there some other dynamic setting back the opening?

    Kind Regards

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