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What’s Taking Over the Former Haven Gastropub in Pasadena?

The location has earned the dreaded ‘cursed’ moniker.

Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Anyone know what’s going down inside the former Haven Gastropub space in Old Town Pasadena? There’s been a For Lease sign up on the building since Haven took off — following what has been described as a pretty nasty divorce between partners and the landowner — more than a year ago, but now a tipster writes in to say that there’s lots of demo work being done inside.

So what’s coming in, if anything? There’s no updated ABC license for the restaurant space (the last active one is now dead and gone), and Pasadena’s Planning and Community Development board doesn’t have current Conditional Use Permit details available. It’s all a big head scratcher so far — unless you’ve got more details.

The largish location on De Lacey Avenue actually had a pretty nice run as Haven Gastropub, which lasted three years and won some craft beer awards during that time. But ultimately the address befell the same heartache as all the other previous tenants there, which have rotated in and out almost like clockwork for a decade or so.

Perhaps it’s an issue of decreased food traffic off of busy Colorado Boulevard? Downtown LA’s Hero Shop faced a similar outcome until it rebranded as an outlet of Ohana Poké Co., so it’s not unheard of for foot traffic to fall off so completely from block to block as to make business difficult.

Any idea who’s coming in and doing all the demo’ing? Hit the tip line or the comments below.