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New Restaurant Coming to Monrovia - Le Gourmand


It appears a new restaurant will be going in right next to Sena restaurant, on its north side, at 407 S. Myrtle. The city's Development Review Committee (DRC) will be looking at the restaurant's proposed plans for outdoor seating at its July 23 meeting. No details on the restaurant in the agenda ( http://goo.gl/Zy6SDi ), but the applicant is Mark Houston, and there is a Mark and Jonnie Houston who operate several LA area restaurants, and of whom LA Weekly says, "the Houston brothers have been redefining L.A. nightlife" ( http://goo.gl/1LKAjn ). Here is Houston Hospitality's website ( http://goo.gl/tRZaVL ). Again, I'm not sure it's the same Mark Houston, but I'll try to check.

UPDATE: Thanks to Planning Division Manager, Craig Jimenez, who writes:

DRC is reviewing an outdoor seating permit for a new business named Le Gourmand. I haven’t seen a menu, but from what I understand, it will be an upscale cafĂ© and bakery that will also have a small retail component selling prepackaged foods.

The applicant, Mark Houston, is a Monrovia-based designer and contractor who is designing the interior.

- Brad Haugaard

7 comments:

  1. Hopefully this will happen. It seems like our the city makes it hard for small business to open around here. Eureka Coffee has thrown in the towel. It seems like Salad Bistro is taken forever to open. The restaurant at the Aztec hotel did not happen. But yet we have massage parlors and e cigarette places all over town. #Sad

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    1. I agree... what is the problem? I'm really hoping Salad Bistro makes it in... that's how I found this tread/write up, looking for information on it. Besides that, it would be nice if we could get the Old Town area built up like some of the others :(

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    2. The Salad Bistro is coming! It takes time to do things right but it is getting closer. Please visit https://www.facebook.com/TheSaladBistro?ref=ts&fref=ts for updates.

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  2. BLAZE PIZZA WILL BE OPEN ON SATURDAY JULY 26th AND WILL BE GIVING FREE PIZZA AWAY FROM 11 AM TIL MIDNIGHT!! JUST FOLLOW THEM ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER, OR INSTAGRAM... https://www.facebook.com/BlazePizza https://www.facebook.com/FoothillParkPlaza SPREAD THE WORD!

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  3. luckee215. I don't believe that the city makes it difficult. Why do you think the city had anything to do with the failure of these businesses? Opening a restaurant is a major investment and super difficult. Opening an eCig shop takes about 30 minutes of planning.

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  4. My family opened a restaurant during the late 50s/early 60s. It was a long time getting Health Dept. approval, building dept. approval, plus a lot of red tape. It seemed to take from 9 to12 months to open.

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  5. We need an upscale bakery. Hopefully they will bake artisan breads!

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