A local resident and chef has purchased space at 1860 N. Allen Ave. to start a cafe that will serve "wild boar ragu," "duck leg confit" and "lobster mac n cheese."
Local chef Paul Ragan is in the process of applying for a beer and wine license and handling the rest of the permitting process, and hopes to start up by mid-May. He plans to name the restaurant "AltaEats."
His planned menu, which can be viewed on right, is a little more fancy than a lot of the existing options in Altadena, and his location puts him in an area that is low on existing restaurant options, but has some other interesting local businesses.
Ragan has lived in and out of Southern California for much of his career as a chef--he was the chef at Derek's Bistro, a Pasadena restaurant that is now closed, and spent time as a chef in Spain.
He describes the restaurant as not having a particular ethnic focus or theme, but rather as serving "food that I like to eat."
He had actually thought about opening up a food truck, but stumbled across the property with a "for sale" sign on it one day and thought it would be a great location to serve food.
The space where the restaurant will open formerly hosted a catering company, and before that, an eatery called "Jacks Kasbah." It is currently vacant.