By Mary O’KEEFE
Though not much is new to report regarding empty storefronts in the Montrose Shopping Park, there are some updates to share.
The future of Gus & Andy’s Montrose Grill is much the same as reported in prior articles. The former Rocky Cola restaurant location at 2201 Honolulu Ave. has been empty since the restaurant closed its doors in 2012. The first mention of the future of the café was around 2014 with the rumored opening of restaurant Blue Jeans but that restaurant idea was abandoned. Then in 2017 restaurateur Tom Christopoulos announced he intended to open Gus & Andy’s Montrose Grill, described as a fresh casual and family-oriented restaurant. The permit process is moving forward – slowly – but still moving in the right direction. According to the City of Glendale, the building permit has been approved but the owners are waiting for mechanical, electrical and plumbing permits.
Another restaurant the community has been waiting for is the Pink Pig restaurant at 2325 Honolulu Ave. According to the City the permits have been pulled and inspections are being arranged.
Landry’s Sporting Goods at 2271 Honolulu Ave. had been open from 1973 to 2015, but closed soon after the death of its owner Paul Roberts. Parker School Uniforms opened for a brief time at the location afterward but soon closed its doors. At present, the City and the building owner are working on a tenant improvement to split the unit into two rental spaces. This proposal is in its early stages.
Two other restaurants are also empty, Rest Farmhouse at 2420 Honolulu Ave. and Benitoite at 2200 Honolulu Ave. There are no updates on these locations and nothing has been submitted to the City.