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Jul 15, 2010 10:35 AM

Edward's Steakhouse in El Monte is closing

I can't say I'm a huge fan of this place, but it is closing on July 25.

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  1. I used to work right next to this place, and I was always surprised that it was still going. Just didn't work with the shifting demographic.

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    1. re: andytseng

      Uh ... what demographic did it exactly work with? :-)

      1. re: ipsedixit

        I think it was the cheap big group business lunch demographic. Been there forever.

        1. re: mc michael

          I was actually being facetious.

          I think their demographic all died about 10 years ago.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            The surrounding area near Flair drive used to be populated by manufacturers and staffed by large numbers of skilled and well paid workers. By the 1990s most of those companies were leaving or had left and the buildings were converted to warehouses for imported goods that depend mostly on small numbers of low paid, unskilled or semi skilled workers. Not exactly an ideal target market for an old school steakhouse. The economic downturn made things worse but Edward's was foundering even before the recession.

            IMO they also made a mistake by bailing on their prior Alvarado location just before the Red Line opened. They could have had the same customer base from downtown that now sustains Langer's.

            1. re: Sam D.

              When did the Alvarado location close? I thought it was long before the Red Line opened in the 90's.

              1. re: reality check

                So did I, but it turns out it didn't close till 1990:
                Sorry if that link requires a subscription -- the gist of the article is that the neighborhood had gone to hell, and longtime customers didn't want to visit anymore. I thought the key phrase was: "Somebody was lying on the sidewalk leaking blood"

                The Red Line opened in '93 -- not as big a gap as I had thought, but 1990 was not exactly "just before the Red Line opened", either. Three years can be an eternity in terms of restaurant survivability.

              2. re: Sam D.

                Is that the one (on Alvarado) that used to be called House of Edwards"? I remember they had sawdust on the floor. It was too many years ago so I really don't remember the steaks.

      2. They were a decent, old school kind of steak place with a few different items on the menu. Used to go there often about 15 years ago. Went just a couple of times over the last year. Food was still good but the service was dreadful...including Thursday night when we went for one last time. Can't say I'm surprised.

        1. I have fond memories of the original Edward's on Alvarado -- my parents took us there a couple of times back in the sixties. About 10 years ago we happened upon the El Monte location and gave it a try, but it wasn't as good as the old place -- at least how I remembered the old place. But steaks were definitely better then, than they are now.

          1. I fondly remember the old Alvarado location. It was an "old school kind of steak place" like heckonwheels points out. It had sawdust on the floor and every table had a container of applebutter. This is well before the big foodie craze so the food was pretty good back then and my friends and I would end up there about once a month. I remember the lovely "Maria" and when she left to go to Arizona we were all royally bummed out. A couple of guys at the El Monte location we'd see when we went, but because of the location we were there less frequently. Anyway, I'm talking to some friends about hitting it up one last time.
            Thanks for posting the link "raytamsgv."

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            1. re: Feed_me

              Sounds like the same one I remember being called the "House of Edward"

              1. re: monku

                Fave part of the piece: "The big businesses that were around here when we opened — companies like Xerox — have been replaced by importers."

                So "Asians" don't like $10 ground beef lunch? You don't say? 3 item lunch box up the street is $5. Banh mi the other direction is $2.25. Drove by Edward's enroute to a bathroom fixture "importer" on Tuesday. I'm pretty sure they've never eaten at their neighbors, so it seems the LAT piece was spot on.

                1. re: TonyC

                  I hadn't been there in 30 years and I see it by the freeway all the time. Drove around 15 minutes before I was able to find the place. Rosemead east exit was closed.
                  Maybe people get lost and never get there?