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Pasadena’s 20-Year-Old Akbar Cuisine of India Closes For Good Tonight

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A relocation effort to Chinatown is underway

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Chicken tikka masala from Akbar Cuisine of India
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’s longstanding Akbar Cuisine of India is moving on. The restaurant has been a mainstay along Fair Oaks Avenue for twenty years, but is shuttering as of this evening.

Akbar ownership confirmed the closure on Facebook this morning, saying:

Today is the last day of business at our location in Pasadena! Thank you one and all for enjoying and supporting Akbar Cuisine of India. There has been fun, joy, celebration and happiness in our 20 year journey. I, Chef Avinash Kapoor, enjoyed it.

Instead Akbar, with an additional location in Marina del Rey and an offshoot restaurant named Kochi in Hermosa Beach, will relocate its resources to the southwestern edge of Chinatown. They’re landing inside the short-lived Belle Belle’s ‘Cue barbecue space, which before that was a seafood option called Lobsta Shack.

The oft-rotating address should be cause for concern for some, but Akbar’s history of anchoring neighborhoods might mean things are going to work out alright. Expect a reopening early next month at the Chinatown location, with a few new menu items to boot.

Akbar Cuisine of India Chinatown
701 W. Cesar Chavez
Los Angeles, CA