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New Restaurant to Open Near New York and Allen Intersection

A local chef has purchased a storefront at 1860 N. Allen Ave. and wants to start a restaurant with an interesting-looking menu.

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.

Angela Odom April 07, 2012 at 05:15 AM
Half chickens? Yep, that's Dey Dey's Best Chicken and Beef. You can buy them half or whole. Their chickens are just as good as their beef. They have good steaks, burger meat and chickens. I got some very good chickens at the Urban Farmers' Market too. Can't remember the name of the vendor right now but I am following them on Facebook.
Lisa Maiorana April 07, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Seeing that the Armenian Market/restaurant is closing (I'm friends with the family that owns it) in two weeks, maybe it's a good thing, I'm just sad to see them go bc it's such a magnificent place to shop ;(
Eric Pierce April 07, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Wait, What? You mean Altadena Food Fair across the street? I do most of my shopping there! It's a wonderful market. What's the story?
Dan Abendschein (Editor) April 07, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Lisa, I actually spoke with the owners yesterday and they told me they were selling. They did not want to go into more detail so I don't have the story (they said to ask again in a month). But is it your impression they are selling to a new owner to operate a market at that spot or just closing the whole thing down?
Chris April 07, 2012 at 04:51 PM
probably does sound that way to those with pedestrian tastes. ;)
Dan Abendschein (Editor) April 07, 2012 at 05:01 PM
For anybody who has not done so already, please go and vote in our online poll on Altadena's challenges and the vision for its future. It's a good topic for people interested in the future of Altadena business: http://patch.com/A-spwK
terry Morris April 07, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Hallelujah. This is not an exotic menu by any stretch of the imagination, in this day and age. Well except maybe Pasadena and Altadena. I could cry, I am soooooo happy. Wow, what could be next? Another good restaurant, a bookstore? (Don't get ahead of yourself) My husband and I and all the friends we can gather will be there opening night !!!!!!
Laura Monteros April 07, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Yeah...I agree. I think what would do really well in Altadena is a coffee shop (not cafe or coffee house, though those are welcome) that serves regular diner-type food. Think Coco's as a mom-and-pop with affordable prices. There's a great little place in North Hollywood called The Magnolia Grille; something similar would do well in Altadena. http://www.themagnoliagrille.com/
Laura Monteros April 07, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Or small budgets.
Laura Monteros April 07, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Not lonely, not miserable, but definitely broke.
Nina Malone April 07, 2012 at 06:04 PM
wow, something for everyone and if they're serving Dey Dey's then you can assume they are using quality ingredients. can't wait to try it. Does serving quality or atypical food indicate pretentiousness? Perhaps you should try it first before making a judgement. And so sad to hear the armenian market is closing. I used to have to lug back olives, tea, and jam back from Turkey until I found them...and their sandwiches are awesome!! going to miss them. Hope the next owner will keep it open? I can wish.
Revvell April 07, 2012 at 06:09 PM
"...something for everyone..." Not according to current menu.
Danelle B April 07, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Wonderful something out of the box and different for this area. I'm excited to try eveything on the menu. So what if it may be pricey I will make my plans accordingly to splurge and enjoy. Can't wait until it opens
Steve Lamb April 07, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Since a catering Co was there and a wonderful Armenian Restaurant before that, The County should have no problem with approval. Y I P P I E and anything I can do to help, I'm in.
Carol Lachata April 07, 2012 at 08:55 PM
I'll second that, Angela!!
Lisa Maiorana April 08, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Dan, it's an inside family dispute according to a woman that works there. It has already been sold to another Armenian family and she does not know what type of business they will have. The current business will only be around for a few more weeks. If you want any of your favorites, I suggest you go get them now and say god-bye if you wish. They are truly great people and will for sure be missed by my entire family.
Angela Odom April 08, 2012 at 12:18 AM
That's interesting because I saw a listing for that market and thought it was a mistake. The listing did say it would not be available for lease until next year. I never got a chance to visit them. Wow.
Ellen Stein April 08, 2012 at 12:20 AM
There's a whole lot in between mac and cheese and fusion American. In fact, not in-between, but different. Like good ethnic food of many types, much of which one can find in the Pasadena/Altadena area. I never ate at Derek's either, only because it wasn't my kind of menu. Not putting it down, just prefer like Azeen's or Saladang or Sushi Polo or Olive Branch et al. any day. Who needs to go into LA to eat?
H Delu April 08, 2012 at 01:09 AM
I'm excited to try out AltaEats and hope it will become a local favorite. Please have something for the vegetarians and pescatarians among us!
Leslie Aitken April 08, 2012 at 08:22 AM
The menu is consistent with fine dining here in So Cal for the past 4-5 years. My son was a chef at Norman's (Norman Van Aitken's restaurant) in LA until it closed and these items were just being introduced in 2005. Tony Bourdain has extolled virtues of duck confit, beef cheeks, wild boar and crispy fried pig ears for years. Of course the prices will reflect the quality of food, preparation and cost of ingredients. It might be a special occasion restaurant for many, but Altadena all ready has many other low cost options. And frankly -- we need a less plebeian option. The restaurant business is the one with the fastest turnover and hardest to survive.......let's not castigate this new option and chef for trying something new. Maybe it will be a jewel!
ed meyers April 08, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Listing for Altadena Food Fair Mkt http://www.loopnet.com/xNet/MainSite/Listing/Profile/Profile.aspx?LID=17561071&SRID=2511925131&StepID=101&LinkCode=20280
doris finch April 08, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Thank you, Leslie. Your comment says it all, and very well.
SteveB April 09, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Hear, hear.
FairClaire April 09, 2012 at 09:31 AM
New+Altadena=Hope
CEG April 10, 2012 at 04:44 PM
I'll have that buffalo calamari right NOW please!
Dan Abendschein (Editor) April 10, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Can anyone on this thread tell me what yearJack's Casbah, the previous restaurant at this spot, opened and what year it closed?
Lisa Maiorana April 11, 2012 at 04:22 AM
IDK that but I DO know how much the new owner paid for this bldg. & the Armenian Market across the street says the poor guy will never get his money back in that area....upwards of $400k
Jenni April 19, 2012 at 02:58 PM
We need a good restaurant nearby. I can't wait to walk on over and have a good dinner.
Lori A. Webster April 30, 2012 at 08:39 PM
As far as I can recall, Dan, it opened sometime in 1996-97 and closed just a few years after, maybe 2002? Maybe Rosette will see this and confirm....
Eric Pierce April 30, 2012 at 10:56 PM
I moved here in January of 1995, and it was already established...

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