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Pasadena’s New Spanish Restaurant Dérive Closes After Just Four Months

From Spanish to all-day casual, the restuarant couldn’t hold on

Derive during lunch
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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.

Tough news for Pasadena as it seems the only-just-opened Dérive on Green Street has closed. The restaurant announced its opening date in late January and debuted in early February, making this a truncated four-month run.

Dérive was supposed to be a successful follow-up to the longstanding Spanish restaurant Ración, which served dinner at the same address for years. Whereas Ración felt like a date night pick, Dérive’s owner Loretta Peng described it as a casual almost all-day space, open daily from lunch through dinner, with brunch on the weekends and a compact bar inside. Unfortunately the experiment was short-lived, as Peng posted the following notice to her website over the weekend:

I regret to inform you that Dérive has closed. We are honored to have been part of the food scene in Pasadena for the last six years, and are grateful for the support that we have seen from this community for both Dérive and Ración. We hope you will continue to patronize the many admirable small businesses in the area.

The final night of service for Dérive has already passed. Eater reached out to Peng to find out what may be next for her or the six-year-old restaurant space, but so far has not heard back.