Central Grill Pasadena Closes Today

Published : Sunday, July 14, 2019 | 5:40 AM

Central Grille Pasadena, the remodeled and updated version of the former Central Park Cafe at 219 South Fair Oaks Avenue, is closing its doors forever today at 2 p.m., the company said on social media.

Operators David Yost and Randy Hoffman said in a statement today’s service will be “a final brunch to say farewell.”

“It’s been a great run,” they added.

The rebranding last year set off alarm bells with some of its regular patrons.

“Uh oh… a venerable, dependable Pasadena eatery suddenly changes its name, menu, decor and atmosphere? Usually a frantic attempt to save a sinking ship and in our experience, the death knell,” wrote Pasadena Rick G. online in June 2018.

The updated, menu replaced many of the previous clubby, comfort-items with hipper selections.

Yost and Hoffman operate a group of local restaurants including Canoe House and Shakers in South Pasadena, The Diner on Main in Alhambra and Central Grille in Glendale.


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