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May 18, 2013 03:21 PM

Pasadena Sizzler Closing

Sad news. Pasadena Sizzler is closing by the end of July. The building and lot were bought by Pitfire Pizza Co. which is opening a branch in the Spring of 2014.

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  1. Could be worse. Could be the Olive Garden!

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    1. re: Thor123

      Almost too upsetting to contemplate.

    2. And there was much rejoicing.

      1. we've been to a rare couple of Sizzlers that we've actually liked. was this a good one?

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        1. re: iL Divo

          It was a typical Sizzler. Not bad but not great. Cheese bread, steak, malibu chicken, shrimp. It has sentimental value though as I would get food here for my mother.

          Plus, I don't think we need yet another pizza place in Pasadena.

          1. re: Al Bondigas

            Really, re: pizza in Pasadena? There are only a couple of good places. Until fairly recently, I thought the best were Tarantino's, Avanti, and Il Fornaio, none of which I thought were very good. Settebello and the Luggage Room are an improvement, but as a pizza fan, more options would be better. I'd much rather have a Pitfire than a Sizzler (though condolences for your mom losing it).

            Are there hidden pizza gems in Pasadena that I've been missing? I know that there are a lot of pizza places, but I've found most of them very disappointing.

            1. re: Robert Thornton

              I think what Al means is *another* mediocre pizza place, esp. a chain-type pizzeria.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Pitfire comes with farmers market ingredients, in a wood fire oven, a great happy hour, local craft beers, and good QC. Much rather a Pitfire than another Mi Piace.

                  What's the alternative in Pasadena? CHAM? Or the overpriced faux Sizzlers that is Le Grande Orange. Or the Korean place that's overtaking Yujean Kang?

                  1. re: TonyC

                    Speaking of taking the place of YK, here is the posting notice - any more input than this?

                    1. re: carter

                      sharp eye.

                      my google-force wasn't very strong last week. after 10 minutes, only came up w/ an "agent" in Ktown, with no phone numbers to anything/anyone.

                      if anyone wants to do a drive by, or have connection to the leasing agents, news would be appreciated.

                    2. re: TonyC

                      I enjoyed Pitfire when they opened up on Washington in Mar Vista. But the last time I got their food it was for takeout. The portions for their salads and pastas were miniature. I don't know if this is their standard now for their dine-in, but I haven't been back since.

                  1. re: Al Bondigas

                    I understand your point re sentimental value...Sizzler Pasadena was one of the places that my mom enjoyed.

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                  1. While they seem to be contracting in the LA market, they seem to be expanding up north.


                    Exactly the opposite of what I would have expected...

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                    1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

                      Maybe the ethnic diversity and high costs of real estate have a bearing?
                      They are trying to sell others in So. Cal. as well.

                      1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

                        And lets not forget that Anthony Bourdain visited the Sizzler near Third and Vermont during the Los Angeles episode of CNN's "Parts Unknown". They dug the cheese bread.

                        1. re: Al Bondigas

                          That bread, I have to say, is quite disguatiing but also delicious.