Tag Archives: Lake Avenue

Mendocino Farms to Pasadena?

I’ve been hearing a little rumor that Mendocino Farms is quietly searching around Pasadena for a location to call home.  The fast casual sandwich spot currently has five locations throughout LA with an opening at Figat7th coming soon.  Having been to a few of their locations, I would welcome such an addition to the area with open arms.

Given that the vast majority of their business is during lunchtime, I would tend to believe that they are looking at Lake Avenue near the business district.  The company also has a good catering business which bodes well for the surrounding tenants.

While I cannot confirm if this is a done deal, I am optimistic that we will see an opening in 2013.  To wet your appetite, check out their current menu.

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Lemonade on Lake Avenue

Lemonade, the quirky lunch spot, is coming to Pasadena.  The restaurant has confirmed a June opening in the old Napa Style space at 146 S. Lake Avenue.  This will be a perfect spot for the lunchtime crowd as it’s centrally located between the large office complexes just north and south of this area.

Lemonade has been in expansion mode as of late.  With space already in West Hollywood, Downtown LA, Venice and MOCA, they are getting set to open their latest outpost in Brentwood later this month and then concentrating on finishing up the Pasadena location.

If you have never been to any of their locations, they have a modern twist on the grade-school cafeteria.  “Come lunchtime, you’ll grab a tray and slide it down the counter to examine your options. Unlike those early years, though, you’ll actually want to build a meal from what you see under the glass.” Their marketplace consists of interesting, small portion salads which can be taken by itself or added with their more filling portions.  And yes, their lemonade flavors are fantastic.

The Commons, the complex where it will open, is seeing an uptick in occupancy and now can feel better having Lemonade as part of their tenant list.  Now you can pick up some salads at Lemonade, cheese and meat at The Cheese Store of Pasadena and some wine at the Wine Detective for a great night.