First reported on Feast, the popular local Pasadena pub Lucky Baldwin’s–known for their fish and chips and Guinness on tap–will be opening up a second location in Pasadena on Colorado Blvd just a stone’s throw from Pasadena City College (PCC) and in a funky part of town I feel is Pasadena’s answer to Echo Park and Silver Lake (discussed earlier).
Funny enough, the owners of the British-inspired watering hole, David Farnsworth and Peggy Simonian, leased a space formerly occupied by another British restaurant called “Brits Restaurant and Pub” and feel their restaurant concept, Lucky Baldwin’s, will have a bit more “luck” sticking around.
Going back to what I mentioned above, what I find particularly interesting about this area of East Pasadena is that a bona fide neighborhood seems to be forming (aka “neighborhoodification“) on both sides of PCC (to the east and west of the college on Colorado Blvd) where a mix of different businesses–like Penny Lane, Out of the Closet Thrift Store, Brooklyn Projects, American Superior Vintage, Daisy Mint (Thai), ARC (A Room to Create), and now Lucky Baldwin’s–is giving East Pasadena a funky independent flavor that should be recognized.
East Pasadena could become regionally substantial if more of the same kind of businesses continue to open up and some key mixed-use infill projects are built that will help connect this burgeoning district together. Specifically, the very suburban and anti-pedestrian empty auto-dealer lots at Colorado and Hill Ave.