Pasadena Restaurant Outdoor Dining Guide Now Available – Pasadena Now
Want to get out of your home? Want to dine in safety? Now there is a guide for that.
As part of the continued effort to support local restaurants as the city continues to expand its outdoor dining offering, Visit Pasadena has announced the release of its Pasadena Outdoor Dining Guide.
The guide presents more than 75 restaurants open for outside to eat.
“We are delighted to see all the innovation and creativity of our business community and the City of Pasadena during these times to provide a safe environment for our visitors,” said Jeanne Goldschmidt, Executive Director of Pasadena Convention & Visitors Office in a statement. “Visit Pasadena is pleased to offer the Pasadena Outdoor Dining Guide to support our local restaurants.”
Restaurants have been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus after Governor Gavin Newsom forced them to close all operations in March, except for take-out. The move forced a handful of local restaurants to close, including Kabuki’s in Old Pasadena, Du Par’s and Lincoln’s.
After local restaurants spent thousands of dollars to comply with state guidelines for reopening indoor catering operations, they took another blow when Newsom closed indoor catering again last month.
As the city began to discuss reopening catering operations, former restaurateur Robin Salzer began to come up with the idea of moving restaurants to the streets.
The idea seemed to be losing ground but was implemented after Newsom’s new order, closing restaurants inside again.
After moving operations outside, several restaurants told Pasadena Now they had had their most successful nights since the pandemic stop orders were issued in March, albeit with limited capacity. .
But whether or not this new business model will save Pasadena’s catering businesses remains an open question.
This initial success could be reinforced by the Outdoor Dining Guide.
“The city values our partnership and is working in coordination with the Convention Center and the Visitors Bureau,” said Lisa Derderian, Pasadena Public Information Officer. “They have and continue to reach out to our businesses and restaurateurs to promote their efforts to help them succeed in these difficult times.”
This is the fourth online publication designed to support the business community during the coronavirus crisis.
“Dine Pasadena” and “Shop Pasadena” promote local restaurants and small retail outlets that are open for business. “Connect Pasadena” provides a listing of educational and engaging virtual activities from Pasadena’s businesses and cultural institutions.
The directories have received over 25,000 pageviews and feature over 300 Pasadena businesses.
“We are thrilled because we see so much innovation and creativity from our restaurants, trying to make sure they can open up,” said Christine Susa, Director of Marketing and Communications at the Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau .
“And I know the city is doing so much to support and find a way to help our restaurants thrive during these times.”
Pasadena City Council last week voted to cap the fees charged by third-party delivery services like Grubhub and Doordash to prevent local restaurants from being scammed by those services.
“We have seen many businesses opening up on the streets and finding new ways to safely bring our homes together while enjoying all that Pasadena has to offer,” said Susa.
The guide is available at https://www.visitpasadena.com/food-drink/outdoor-dining/