- Business Advocacy
Alhambra’s downtown economic revitalization continues at a rapid pace, with visible progress being made at each of the three construction sites — Alhambra Place, Alhambra Pacific Plaza, and Casita de Zen.
The city is waiting and watching as the new commercial buildings take shape at Alhambra Place, which should be open by the holidays. Among the establishments opening at Alhambra Place, the Chamber has learned, will be two casual restaurants: The Habit Burger Grill and Blaze Pizza.
The Habit is destined to become a family-favorite ritual with its menu of fresh char-grilled Habit Charburgers, grilled fresh albacore, marinated tri-tip, and chicken sandwiches. The restaurant also offers salads, shakes, crispy fries, and onion rings.
Blaze Pizza provides a twist to the traditional pizza joint — both in terms of taste and atmosphere. Pizza dough at Blaze is made by hand and is allowed to rise for 24 hours before being baked in a blazing-hot stone hearth. Fresh pizza toppings are offered assembly line style, much like customers would find at a Chipotle or Subway restaurant. The chain’s architecture has a sleek, modern, urban feel with lots of stainless steel and wood making. It a pleasure to come with friends or family.
Two more reasons to look forward to the future of Downtown Alhambra, but that’s not all.
The Alhambra Pacific Plaza is also edging toward completion and the launch of LOHAS Market and 85° Bakery in Alhambra.
LOHAS, which is an acronym for Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability, will offer a new concept in grocery shopping for “natural foods,” by being committed to putting healthier foods into the hands of consumers with products that are better for people and the planet — such as non-GMO, organic, Fair Trade/Fair for Life, vegetarian, raw, paleo, natural and organic products, and green eco products from paper to sustainable clothing and apparel. LOHAS also plans to host cooking classes that will teach the community how to cook easier, simpler, and healthier.
In addition to LOHAS, the internationally renowned 85° Bakery will open at the Alhambra Pacific Plaza. This Taiwanese-style bakery, which provides five-star quality coffee, cakes, and breads at not so five-star prices, currently has more than 800 stores in Taiwan, China, Australia, Hong Kong, and the U.S.A. Its nearest location to Alhambra is in Old Town Pasadena. There are also other locations in Buena Park, Cerritos, Chino Hills, Fullerton, Gardena, Garden Grove, Hacienda Heights, Irvine, Torrance, and West Covina.
One last piece of news: the 99 Ranch Market will replace Ralphs with a tentative late summer or early fall opening. Based in Buena Park, the market has more than 30 stores and offers a great selection of fresh seafood and vegetables, as well as specialty items.
So, there are five new businesses to look forward to. Stay tuned to Around Alhambra as more details are revealed about even more new businesses coming to Downtown Alhambra in the very near future.