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Former chef takes over Rick’s Burgers till housing project construction starts

By Rebecca Kuzins 09/29/2011

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The name has changed, but the newly opened Bobby’s Place, located at El Molino Avenue and Walnut Street in the former home of Rick’s Burgers, continues serving “spuderitos” and other items that made Rick’s a favorite fast-food drive-in.  
Bobby Ramirez, who managed Rick’s for the past 15 years, took over the restaurant last month, acquiring it from owner Ralph Fonzo.  Ramirez changed the eatery’s name to Bobby’s Place, but he has maintained its menu and prices.
However, Ramirez will soon be forced to leave — as Fonzo was — after construction begins on a new housing project slated for that corner. In 2006, Trammell Crow Residential, a developer specializing in multifamily housing, proposed construction of a condominium project. That would also include several retail outlets. The plan called for the demolition of Rick’s and four adjacent buildings. However, the developer backed out of the project after the 2008 recession.  
More recently, the property’s owners have proposed the construction of another mixed-use development of 82 condominiums and ground-floor retail outlets. That project would also necessitate the demolition of Bobby’s Place and adjacent buildings. 
Pasadena Planning Division staffer Mark Odell, case manager for the proposed development, said city officials are working with architects to revise the project’s design before it can be approved by the Design Commission.  After approval is given, the owners will have to apply for a building permit, which could take a year to obtain. 
 By then, Ramirez plans to find a permanent location for Bobby’s Place. 
But for now, diners can continue enjoying the spuderito (a burrito that includes French fries) and the other items available at the former Rick’s Burgers


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Ooh, the population density of it all.

It kinda' makes me wonder just (in these economically downturned times) how big the bribes will have to be to get everything approved by the local oligarchs ~

In the meantime, It will mostly be the single-family dwellings at least a block away in every direction that will ultimately carry the added parking-burden costs of population-overload just so that the developer (you know that there's gotta' be a cozy relationship somewhere with the City Council) will enjoy as profitable a bottom-line as is possible before (as with La Vina) he corporately abandons the scene.


posted by DanD on 10/02/11 @ 12:12 p.m.

DanD - didn't you get the memo? Folks in high density housing don't use cars. They walk or take transit everywhere they go. They don't add to our parking issues. They don't add to traffic congestion and increased pollution. They don't increase the strain on public infrastructure, like water or electricity. They don't add to our congested public spaces.

Additionally, these high density condos are required to have 15% low income subsidized housing. Because low-income people need to live near high end shopping districts like Old Town and Lake Ave.

posted by True Freedom on 10/03/11 @ 09:37 a.m.


You were lookin' at an outdated memo ...

The above article states: "More recently, the property’s owners have proposed the construction of another mixed-use development of 82 condominiums and ground-floor retail outlets."

Now, it says condominiums, not low-income apartments. So, even if 12 (15 percent, more-or-less) of these condos are "low-income," the other 70 surely won't be. People who buy condominiums HAVE (at least a little bit of) MONEY, which means that they also have their own cars, as well as people who visit them, usually arriving in their own vehicles.

Also, "ground-floor retail outlets" means public consumer-services that will attact customers who will most likely get to the stores IN THEIR OWN CARS. Lots of cars.

Why anyone would want to buy into this kind of ant-hill existence is beyond me, but that's what THEY're planning FOR EVERYBODY owning immediately adjacent homes.


posted by DanD on 10/03/11 @ 12:12 p.m.

@DanD: he he.. you should know me by now that I'm very anti-density, especially when the density proponents erroneously tout the environment as justification for cramming more rats in the cage. I'm also not in favor of "social justice" or "social engineering" policies of forcing builders to put low-income folks right next door to market rate paying people.

The over-development of Pasadena and parts of LA County is destroying our quality of life in so many ways.

posted by True Freedom on 10/03/11 @ 02:29 p.m.

Yeah, well, it seemed a bit like that but, I decided to play it straight anyway.


posted by DanD on 10/04/11 @ 10:58 a.m.
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