I was just out driving and walking, at the end of a working day. When I came across another sign along the roadway.
I’m never really surprised by what I see. Whether faraway on TV.
Or near, here in Pasadena…
I wrote these 2 sentences last night after also doing some internet research including checking if Yelp had anything on their status: It appears Dish Bistro & Bar in Old Town may be about to CLOSE, or could already be out of business. At least as it was known.
As of yesterday Yelp didn’t mention any closure. Update: But tonight Yelp now has updated their site to list Dish Bistro & Bar as CLOSED. Also, last nite and this Friday night the restaurant is dark, so…
Pasadena could give birth to a new tune. Something like, “Signs, signs, everywhere a sign,…”
In this case, Dish Bistro & Bar says it’s up “For Sale!!”
As I’ve said before, I’m not really surprised by what I read or see especially when it comes to the restaurant industry. You can read the sign above. Dish was only open about a year with several things going for it: was “popular” with diners and restaurant reviewers – even saw our Mayor wining, dining, & politicking there one night! Plus, it’s in the “desirable Old Town location.” (How “desirable” Old Town is for some businesses is a good question, imho!) A good sized, simply designed space.
I’ve long believed when it comes to restaurants that it’s not enough to have good food, good reviews, a “good” location, or even a celebrity clientele to predict long-term success. From the outside looking in opening this type of business is very seductive. Owning or managing a restaurant is entirely another, harder drama. But this lover will continue to seduce, break hearts, empty wallets, and end in divorce for many. I could say much more on this subject but I’ll just say this economic repression has been the most difficult time for the industry.
Dish promptly became one of the better restaurants in Pasadena. A place to visit at least once. Yet, apparently a year of the above positives was enough for the owner(s) of Dish. They want to sell and move on. Are they “getting out while the getting is good!!” or jumping off a now sinking ship?? Only potential buyers who do thorough analysis, prepare a business plan, and I suggest, have restaurant experience can guess.
I hope & pray the owners of Dish are simply wanting to move on while leaving the restauran on a high note so this restaurant may live on. Lettuce hope a buyer will be found which could mean a different sign: the best days are still ahead for Dish! Buyers, the contact information is above. Please check it out!
A couple of years ago I was giving a tour of Old Town for a couple of successful businesspeople from L.A. They were positive, upbeat, they saw much in color and bright lights, $$ signs in their eyes, full of dreams, etc. I talked to them simply, in black & white. Never saw them again.
Some readers may recall prior to Dish opening it was vacant for almost a year after BrenArt Restaurant put up its For Lease sign. BrenArt hosted a Pasadena blog/blogger gathering for us. Last I heard BrenArt’s chef – a Pasadena Le Cordon Bleu grad – was in Germany or Europe somewhere.
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