Tag Archives: Paseo Colorado

BJ’s Restaurant Opening October 29th

The ever popular BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse is set to open their doors on Monday, October 29th at 11:00am.  The much-anticipated opening will be located at 234 E. Colorado, right next to Paseo Colorado and on the corner of Marengo.

As Pasadena continues to open up restaurants, I’m sure the community will welcome the new BJ’s with open arms.  I know a slew of people who love the chain for their deep dish pizza and famous pizookie.  If you want to try something other than the fan favorites, there is plenty they offer in their massive menu — which I believe competes with The Cheesecake Factory for largest menu ever.

The company really did a nice job with the interior space, keeping the high, ornate ceiling and adding darker hues throughout.

What are your thoughts on this new addition?

Sephora Opens in Old Town

After months of construction, Sephora has officially opened their doors in Old Town Pasadena.  Occupying the old Victoria’s Secret space at 13 W. Colorado, Sephora has expanded their presence in Pasadena as this is a much larger space than their previous one at Paseo Colorado.

Rumor has it the line was around the corner this morning as gift cards were handed out to a lucky few and tote bags were gifted with any purchase.  I’m glad to see Old Town thriving, however, as I have previously posted, I would like to see vast improvements with the tenants at Paseo.

Fun-Filled Weekend

Yes yes, I know it is only Tuesday, but I figured I would whet your appetite now and warn you about two great events happening in Pasadena this weekend.

The first event, the 2010 Pasadena Chalk Festival, is taking place June 19 & 20 from 10am to 7pm at Paseo Colorado.  This will be the 18th annual festival and if you have never gone before, it surely is a spectacular scene.  This year the festival will attempt to make history by setting the Guinness World Record for the largest display of chalk pavement art… I guess there is a record for just about anything!

The second event comes courtesy of sista-in-law Scoop.  Make Music Pasadena is an all day affair that hosts free (yes, FREE) concerts throughout the city on June 19.  Click the link to check out what bands are playing where and at what time.  While I can’t say I’ve ever heard of any of the bands performing, you simply can’t beat free entertainment and a chance to listen to something new.

Oh, and when you thought there wasn’t anything else I could jam pack into the weekend, do not forget Sunday is Fathers Day.  Happy early one to all the fathers out there, you deserve at least one day of the year!

Noor Restaurant – Paseo Colorado

Noor Restaurant will be opening soon at the ever changing Paseo Colorado.  The restaurant, which is in the space of the former Amadeus Spa and previously reported to become The Meridian Restaurant, will be serving French Mediterranean food for lunch, happy hour and dinner. 

What is interesting to point out is that there looks to be two ballrooms, Sofia & Ella, which can accommodate 400 and 200 guests respectively.  The restaurant seems to be interested in establishing themselves as a wedding or private event destination. 

Noor is located right next to Bodega Wine Bar, which if you have never gone, I recommend.  Try going on a Wednesday when any bottle of wine is only $20!

What are your thoughts on Noor?  Do you think it will become a wedding destination for those looking in and around Pasadena?

Euro Pane Bakery + Cafe Opening

News just arrived that Sumi Chang’s latest outpost of Euro Pane will be opening sometime between “the 15th and 20th of this month”  across the street from Paseo Colorado on the street level of the Montana Residences (the spectacular, yet pricey, condo complex). 

It seems appropriate to have a soft opening on Thursday and Friday to prep for the larger weekend crowd which would be expected.  I was told the concept for this new location will differ slightly from their current one, but will still offer their fantastic pastries and homemade bread.

As a side note, a few days ago Mrs. Scoop and I were watching the Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate when Adam Gertler, host of Will Work for Food, announced that his “best” was Euro Pane’s famous egg salad sandwich.  Try it for yourself to see if it lives up to The Best Thing I Ever Ate billing.

ArcLight Cinemas in Pasadena?!?!

Yes, you are reading this correctly!  ArcLight Cinemas, the premium movie chain is coming to Pasadena.  The brand will be converting the Pacific Paseo Theater at Paseo Colorado with hopes of opening some time this summer.

What does this mean for the movie lovers in the area?  Well, first off, ArcLight Cinemas are fantastic upscale experiences.  Second, the cinema is committed to having Q&A’s with filmakers/actors along with exhibits from films.  Lastly, there hopefully will be a bar and 21+ screenings which are always fun.

Several months ago there was a big deal made about Gold Class Cinemas, which also renovated a pre-existing theater (the old Laemmle), coming into Pasadena and charging between $22-29 per ticket for “first class” treatment (by comparison — ArcLight charges between $13-15.50 per ticket).  If you have not been before, it is certainly a spectacle to try at least once.  They have a waiting/lounge area, a bar, plush la-z-boy-type chairs that fully recline, fleece blankets and in-movie food and beverage service.

So having two competing luxe cinema’s within walking distance of each other will beg the question, which theater do you prefer?