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EXCLUSIVE: Xiomara Pasadena Closing

When we put all of Pasadena on the Deathwatch a few weeks ago, we had one of Pasadena's long-standing go-to places on the list. Xiomara just didn't look very busy anymore, then we heard it was for sale, then a reader forwarded a promotion that offered a $15 menu for 15 weeks. That kind of sealed the DW deal. Turns out, the tip about the restaurant selling was completely true. Xiomara in Old Town is in escrow, and come April 15 the only place to get those hand-shaken, fresh sugar cane mojitos will be at chef/owner Xiomara Ardolina's second location, Xiomara on Melrose. Ardolina just told Eater LA that after 15 years, it's time to slow down a bit, and since she lives near the Melrose location, she was ready to let the original go. She was emphatic that she will not be closing the Melrose location, but only "make it better." No details about the new Pasadena owners yet, but calls have been placed. More as the story develops.
· Eater Deathwatch: Pasadena [Eater LA]