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Ración Shutters in Pasadena as Ownership Plans New Restaurant in Its Place

Dérive arrives with a whole new menu focus, but the same chef and owner

Racion in 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.

One of Pasadena’s most notable restaurants, the mostly evening-only Spanish small plates spot Ración, has closed. The final night of service was yesterday, with an entirely new restaurant iteration to take its place starting next month.

Owner Loretta Peng reached out to Eater to deliver the news, and to share what’s next for the six-year-old property on Green Street. Rather than give up the address, Ración will be flipping into a new idea called Dérive, working an organic New American menu for both lunch and dinner. Peng says on the Ración website:

Starting February 1st, we will be closing Racion and launching Dérive in its place. After 6 years, we are ready for a new challenge exploring new cuisines, flavors, and techniques. Dérive will be an ingredient-driven, New American neighborhood restaurant supporting, small organic farmers and wineries.

Our team, including Chef Shane Alvord and restaurateur Loretta Peng, will remain the same, as will our commitment to quality and a high level of service.

The critically-acclaimed Ración has in the past been positively reviewed by both Jonathan Gold and LA Weekly’s former critic Besha Rodell, even while losing longtime chef Teresa Montaño in the process. She’s now heading up her own project called Otoño in Highland Park, while Racion will shift gears starting February 1.

119 W. Green St.
Pasadena, CA