The City of South Pasadena’s top priority is the health and safety of our community as the situation around the coronavirus continues to evolve. For facility closures, event cancellations, and more information, click here

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Al Fresco Dining and Retail Pilot Program

In response to the Coronavirus, the City of South Pasadena is interested in exploring outdoor dining and retail opportunities while maintaining the new social distancing protocols. The City will adhere to all Los Angeles County Public Health protocols for reopening.

Businesses interested in participating in the Al Fresco Dining and Retail Pilot Program should fill out this checklist and submit to

We need your input to understand what may be feasible. Please participate in this brief survey.

Click here to view the Al Fresco Dining and Retail Pilot Program Presentation for the June 3, 2020 City Council Meeting.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act expands the Small Business Administration’s long-standing Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL). The EIDL program was created to assist businesses, renters, and homeowners located in regions affected by declared disasters. For more information please visit:

United States Small Business Administration Customer Service:



Support Local Businesses and Residents:

Here is a partial list of South Pasadena retail and food establishments that are open, some with modified hours and public access. There are no dine-in options at any food establishment. Only take-out, delivery or curbside pick-up. Please note, this list is not complete, and is current as of this date. The City encourages residents to help support local businesses while practicing good hygiene and social distancing protocols.

  • Ai Japanese Restaurant
  • Aro Latin
  • Berry Opera
  • Bistro de la Gare
  • Blaze Pizza
  • Briganti
  • Cafe X2O
  • Carrow's
  • Cos & PI
  • Fiore Market Cafe
  • Grassroots Natural Market & Kitchen
  • Gus's BBQ
  • Heirloom Bakery & Cafe
  • Hi-Life Burgers
  • Jones Coffee Roasters
  • KJ Tofu
  • La Fiesta Grande
  • La Monarca
  • Mamma's Brick Oven Pizza & Pasta
  • Menchie's
  • Mike & Anne's
  • Modan Artisanal Ramen
  • Nicole's Market & Café
  • Oak Tree Inn
  • Radhika Indian Bistro
  • Shakers
  • Shiro
  • Simplee Boba
  • Teamorrow
  • The Munch Company
  • Two Kids Coffee
  • Union Bakery

Business License:

Due to COVID-19, the City is delaying any penalties as a result of non-payment and renewals. Any business licenses that were previously past due will not incur any new fees during this period. Additionally, anyone who needed to renew and has not submitted their renewal will not incur late fees. New applicants will be required to pay their fees as usual. Further relief for small businesses is not available at this time, however, the Chamber of Commerce will be notified of any changes.

Eviction Moratorium:

There is a temporary moratorium on residential and commercial evictions in response to the COVID-19 crisis. We continue to encourage all landlords and tenants - commercial and residential - to speak with each other to discuss your individual situation and come up with a plan. Please remember that both landlords and tenants are being affected by the "safer-at-home" conditions, and everyone still has financial responsibilities and obligations.


Economic Development

To ensure our vision of the future, residents, business owners and City government, working with planning and experts and through public forums, will develop an implementation plan. This plan will include developing design and planning guidelines, code revisions and enforcement, as well as economic development, which will serve South Pasadena well into the twenty-first century.

Economic Reports:

Retail Market Analysis and Land Use Study (June 2010)


Oversight Board
South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce
SPARC - Co-Sponsor or Utility Box Art Project

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