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Pasadena Has Decided to Escalate LA's Ongoing French Dip War

Harlowe's on Union Street wants in on the fight

The upcoming Harlowe's French Dip in Pasadena
The upcoming Harlowe's French Dip in Pasadena
Farley Elliott
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.

If you’ve stepped past Union in Pasadena any time in the past few days, you might have noticed some subtle signage up for Harlowe’s French Dipa new entrant on the scene that hopes to take the LA favorite to new heights. And it’s back by a very familiar name.

Harlowe’s — not be confused with Harlowe the bar in West Hollywood — is a new concept from the folks behind The Bottle Room in Whittier. That spot, right in the heart of Whittier proper, is a destination for pub food and awesome craft beer, but it looks now as though the team there is expanding into something a bit more specific.

The incoming restaurant sits at 43 E. Union St., almost on top of Union and near other options like Slater’s 50/50 and the incoming Lost at Sea. The focus is obviously going to be on (likely) cheffed up French dips and other sandwiches, though this ABC license notes a push for beer and wine as well. That means evening hours, which would only help to further anchor that stretch of Old Town Pasadena as a great destination for spending a night out. Eater reached out to the team at The Bottle Room about an opening date, but so far hasn’t heard back. The windows are still well papered over, so expect something later this year.

Harlowe's French Dip
43 E. Union St.
Pasadena, CA