The Old Town Report

By Pam Fitzpatrick

Well, Monrovia Kiwanis, you did it again with another hugely successful Taste of Old Town event last Sunday.  I counted at least 50 different vendors offering either tastes or sips; in fact, there were so many choices that if anyone went home hungry or thirsty they were talking–-or maybe dancing–-too much.  “Time Bomb” was an excellent choice for the live band, and the open tenting with the stringed lighting presented a great visual.  And the overhead drone – loved the overhead drone!

So with that beginning taste of our 4th quarter samplings, we move on to Halloween and our annual Trick or Treat and Halloween Bash with events both in Library Park and throughout downtown.  This year the City’s fun in the park and the merchant’s  Trick or Treat event  have been synced to both happen from 3 – 6 p.m. to avoid the confusion of previous years over when the candy starts flowing.

Next up on the event list is the annual fund raiser for the Monrovia Public Library Foundation.  If you’re in the mood to “feud,” blow off some steam on November 8th between 1 and 3:30 p.m. at the Monrovia Library.  The Foundation is looking for more teams, so get your friends and family to click on www. MonroviaLibraryFoundation.org and help raise some funds for their Literacy Services Program.

“Congratulations” are in order for Jerry Diaz and Greenleaf Entertainment for three very successful street fairs beginning on October 2nd.  Some of the most noticeable changes in the fair are in the food section with the certified (farmers) and uncertified (packaged goods) located together, and also in the overall increased number of non-food vendor booths.  The Pony Rides and Petting Zone have been temporarily relocated to the 500 block (north end), but should move back to the area identified as the Kid’s Zone beginning in November.   There are plans for the north entrance to the fair to include some music and additional welcoming signage.  The Street Fair Oversight Committee met this past Monday morning and discussed the beginning of the RFP process (Request for Proposal) requested by the Council earlier this year.  I’ll keep you posted.

For the new and pending business update, we have good news as reported by City staff to the MOTAB board last week.  Looks like the vacancy rate on Myrtle has dropped to about 2%.  I checked with the City on Tuesday of this week and was told that the Copper Still Grill in the 600 block (where Sam’s Kabob Room was) remains “under construction” with no visible or audible activity at the site and no updates as to a proposed opening date. The 500 block of Myrtle is hearing rumblings of interior construction at the site of the new Frost My Cake bakery (where Monrovia Bakery was for years) but there is no projected opening date at this time.  The Saltner on E. Colorado is hoping to open by the end of December, and 38 Degrees, same street, is getting close to finishing off the front of their restaurant and has been advertising for employees.    Bottega by Bella Sera in the 400 block of Myrtle is still set for opening sometime this November.  I ran into Dan Bacani from NAI Capital at lunch today and he left us with a bit of a teaser:  Dan says the property on E. Lemon (where Devon/Bull Taco used to be) has some serious “suitors.” Hope he gets a proposal out of one of them soon!

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