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Pasadena's Halfsies Promises to Donate 50% of Profits to Charity

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Opening tomorrow.

Halfsies Bistro, Pasadena
Halfsies Bistro, 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 has earned itself a new easygoing eatery on Fair Oaks, with the weekend opening of Halfsies Bistro.

Halfsies works a maximalist menu that includes everything from fish tacos to jambalaya to beef stroganoff — in fact, it’s meant to be part of their appeal. Apparently the Halfsies name is a nod to serving just about half of everything in the world.

What’s even more impressive though, is their business model: apparently Halfsies is going to give 50% of all their profits (post-taxes and operating costs, of course) to charity.

If that sounds like the sort of thing you’re interested in becoming a part of, Halfsies is hiring up at this very moment; they’re looking for bakers, servers, and line cooks at least. For now, the plan is to soft-open this Saturday, and eventually turn on around-the-clock hours sometime down the line.

Ambitious? Absolutely. But with a menu like this and a business approach that gives back so much to the community, it seems like the owners here only know how to go big or go home.

88 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA