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Pasadena's Ancient Beckham Grill to Shutter Just Shy of the 40 Year Mark

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The 1978 institution is getting scrapped for some apartments.

Beckham Grill, Pasadena
Beckham Grill, Pasadena
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.

Pasadena is losing a legend this weekend, with the impending closure of Beckham Grill. The well-worn location on Walnut Street has been in operation since 1978, serving up English favorites and plates of prime rib to an endless parade of locals.

Now it looks like the beloved old space will fall victim to the restaurant industry’s most common cause of death: lease agreements. And what’s worse: they don’t plan on coming back from the dead with a new address somewhere else in town.

In a note posted last month to their Facebook page, the Beckham Grill folks shared news of the loss of their lease, asking fans to make their final reservations right away in order to secure a final meal there. They also, sadly, mentioned an ongoing memorabilia sale for all of the great kitschy stuff inside the restaurant, from the British phone booth to the hanging pictures and the British flags.

The final day of service for Beckham’s is this Saturday, August 8. If you’d like to sneak in for one last plate of prime rib, better do so fast. Once the place is closed, Pasadena News Now says developers will strike, planting a 200-unit apartment complex (with ground floor retail, of course) at the site.

Beckham Grill

77 W Walnut St, Pasadena, CA 91103 (626) 796-3399