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Is Europane relocating?

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Does anyone know if you Europane is relocating to a location across the street from Paseo? I was at the Paseo last night and it looked like there was an empty storefront with a big Europane sign lit up.

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  1. That would be too bad since parking there is awful.

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    1. re: WildSwede

      If by Paseo they mean Paseo Colorado, could the parking there really be any worse than where they are now?

      If they are moving to a bigger facility with capacity to bake more goodies (so they don't run out of ginger scones by 9:30 am on Saturday), and if they can increase the staff to make the lines shorter, then I say bravo.

      1. re: maxzook

        Actually, where they are now there is a parking lot in the back to which you pay $1 with validation, but I have been pretty lucky with getting street parking. If they move, you will be fighting for the 5 spots out front with the post office and sandwich place customers. Then you have to park in the paseo parking and pay even more - and walk further!

        1. re: WildSwede

          It always seemed to me that the lot (that funky little two-level thing you enter off Mentor) was free...no attendant, no ticket, nothing.

          1. re: Jack Flash

            It was until about a year and a half ago. I heard a lot of people whose destinations were other than those in the center were parking there and thus taking the spaces from the legit parkers and wanted to find a way to alleviate that problem. At that time, they would take $1 or $2 when you got there, but give it back to you when you left if you had gotten validation from one of the stores. Then, they started just charging $1 before and not returning it when you give them your ticket back with validation (not sure what the process is when you don't have validation). I think he leaves at 3:00 since we were just there at lunch today and he was still there at 2:35. Not sure if he is there in the evenings.

            1. re: WildSwede

              Ah. I have never encountered a person. I always park in the upper level (last time was in December or January). I'm usually there before 10:00 a.m., though, and maybe they don't have an attendant at that hour.

              1. re: Jack Flash

                Yeah, I know for sure it is during lunch time. I wonder if they get you if you park below. I always have gone up and never thought of parking in the bottom section.

        2. re: maxzook

          Maybe they can get a dedicated barista to make their espresso drinks while the change is happening.

          Wait, ginger scones, maxzook?!?! I'll be there when they open tomorrow morning:)

          1. re: mrshankly

            I'll be the guy in the sleeping bag at the head of the line when they unlock the doors.

            1. re: mrshankly

              And yeah, their coffee drinks are very inconsistent, and not up to the standard of the baked and savory goods, so here's hoping a barista is part of the plan.

          2. re: WildSwede

            I agree. Plus, it would make for a much longer walk for me to get the egg salad or a pastry.

            1. re: WildSwede

              There is a ParPark structure directly behind, on Union & Raymond. It should be reasonable.

            2. Reportedly this is intended to be a second location:

              http://brighamyen.wordpress.com/2010/...

              Of course it's possible they may decide to close the original location if this one does well.

              1. Yes, in two months (April 2010). I just confirmed with counter staff. I thought the new place was to be in addition to the current one, but no, the new replaces the old. A local realtor's website has exterior and interior shots of the new space (Pasadena Real Estate with Brigham Yen, http://brighamyen.wordpress.com/2010/... It's across the street from Paseo Colorado, in the ground floor of the very pricey Montana condos.

                It's more spacious indoors and there's more (and more pleasant) seating outdoors than at the current location, judging by the photos. Parking will, however, be a major PITA. Some limited street parking on a Sunday morning might be available, but at all other times of the week it's nonexistent and it'll have to be paid parking in the Paseo lot or maybe the Western Assets lot. Maybe it's free for 60 or 90 minutes or less? That would help...

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                1. re: adean

                  My take on this is that everything is going to be more of a PITA *except* once you get inside. I've rarely had a parking problem at the current location, but when you're standing there getting your order filled and get asked for the third time if you're being waited on, but you have to stand there in everyone's way because there's nowhere else, it gets a little tiresome. As does the experience of being handed, very carefully over the counter, a box of fragile goodies, and someone checking out the display case walks blindly right into it. If this becomes a thing of the past I will gladly park two blocks or so away and walk over, as I often do for Paseo visits anyway.

                  1. re: Will Owen

                    I hope what you say is true, Will about the room inside, because there will be many, many more people in there now with their more noticeable location (all the paseo people will now see it).
                    I think I will definitely go less. I have tried to find parking on that block many, many times and have only found it once (and I have lived in the Pasadena area for 16 years).

                    1. re: WildSwede

                      We just park in the general area of City Hall and hoof it. Of course this is rarely on a weekday at lunch time...

                      1. re: Will Owen

                        I could always walk from the office, but knowing me, it will not be something that happens very often.

                  2. re: adean

                    Cannot imagine that the Montana does not have dedicated parking strictly for its retail tenants, and not in conflict with those spaces reserved for the residents of the building. That is generally the way a mixed use project makes retail viable at all. And at least in this new location, if you have parked at the Paseo across the street, it is conceivable that you might shop there and eat at Europane.

                    1. re: carter

                      In fact, you are right. Although they aren't marked, there is parking in the Montana. Just enter on Euclid and tell them you are there for Europane, and it's no problem. I think they have at least ten spaces.

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                    1. The following buses stop at or within walking distance of the corner of Colorado and Euclid:

                      Metro 180 (Colorado/Garfield)
                      Metro 181 (Colorado/Garfield)
                      Metro 256 (Colorado/Garfield)
                      Metro 686 (Colorado/Euclid)
                      Metro Rapid 780 (Colorado/Los Robles)
                      Foothill Transit 187 (Colorado/Garfield)
                      Pasadena ARTS 10 (Colorado/Euclid)
                      Metro Gold Line Memorial Park Station (Raymond/Holly - about 5 blocks)

                      For an online trip planner, go to:

                      http://socaltransport.org/