Saturday, May 17, 2008

Crown City Brewery going out of business

The former brewery-turned-restaurant on South Raymond Avenue is vacating, after losing its lease. With its brick facade, round tables and a wall full of 1,104 beer bottles, Crown City has served up food and drinks to thousands of sports and beer fans since it opened in July 1988. Inspired by a San Diego brewery, Crown City offered a "Beers of the World Passport." After drinking 100 different beers, customers got their name put on the Passport Wall. It now has 1,600 names, owner Jack Robinson said. "If you have your name on the wall, you can come and take your plaque," he said. We went with Kim & Pete, Missy & Leslie, John & Linda to get thier late bother/cousin Chip's plaque. Unfortunatly someone beat them to it, which was a big bummer. It turned into a little bit of a Blair High School reunion for all of them. The one thing I may miss about living so far from where I grew up - the chances of running into someone from High School is pretty small.
Owner, Jack Robinson plans to open a new bar, "Crown Chapter 2," he said, and wants to remain in Pasadena. But that might be difficult, considering the city's rising rents and low vacancy rates.


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