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LA Taco Institution Guisados Lines Up a Big New Location in Pasadena

Plus a closure, an opening, and a big anniversary party

A platter of small tacos with various braises inside.
Clay Larsen
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.

The Guisados team has landed another location, this time in Pasadena at the site of the former Doña Rosa at 577 S. Arroyo Parkway. This one is not only larger than some of the more recent Guisados to open around Los Angeles (there are currently seven in all), it also comes with one big caveat: Just like Dear John’s in Culver City, the building is set to be demolished soon, so the restaurant won’t last forever. Co-owner Armando de la Torre Jr. tells Eater that there’s no timetable for opening or for closing just yet, but paperwork has been filed to begin construction. The restaurant sits just up the street from some other big names, from Lucky Boy to Superba Snacks + Coffee, and an incoming Shake Shack and second location of Howlin’ Ray’s.

In other news:

Gus’s Fried Chicken has opened at 102 N. Sycamore Street down in Santa Ana in Orange County.

— Per Eater, it seems that California Senator Dianne Feinstein is asking the Federal Trade Commission to look into the dealings at troubled franchise Burgerim.

— An immersive night of Filipino food and culture is going down at El Pueblo Historical Monument on February 29, featuring food from some of the city’s biggest names.

— Holi Organic starts up tonight in Eagle Rock. The Indian food takeaway sets up inside Penny Oven in the evenings at 2131 Colorado Boulevard; the menu can be found here.

— Casual sports bar Brack Shop Tavern quietly closed at the end of the month in Downtown.

La Descarga is turning ten years young tonight, and is celebrating with an open bar, free tacos, and lots of music.

— A new modern Hawaiian restaurant named Malama Pono seems to be coming to Sherman Oaks, in the former Bollywood Bites at 13355 Ventura Boulevard.