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Quizno's Out, Yogurtland In

The Quizno's in Old Town is closed, making way for another yogurt shop in town.

Monrovia's sandwich options are dwindling but its yogurt offerings are looking up.

The Quizno's in Old Town at 104 S. Myrtle has closed, but a new yogurt shop is already planning to move in.

Yogurtland, which has more than 170 locations in the U.S., Mexico, and Guam, bills itself as the "number one self-serve yogurt brand in America," according to the company's website. It will need to be at the top of its yogurt game, as it joins a crowded frozen treat landscape in Old Town that already includes a Pinkberry, Cherry on Top, Coldstone Creamery, and Baskin Robbins within a one mile radius.

Scott Miller February 16, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Better than an empty storefront but this doesn't exactly add anything, does it? And you forgot Coldstone.
Danielle Haskell Elgin February 16, 2012 at 11:01 PM
It's like the 80's all over again...
NWT February 16, 2012 at 11:03 PM
B&R & Coldstone will be fine. I think Yogurtland has a superior product as far as yogurt shops go, so it'll give Cherry on Top & Pinkberry a run for the money. Glad I don't have to drive to Arcadia for my Yogurt fix anymore, happy that a little more of my spending dollar$ will be staying here in Monrovia!
Ed Delgado February 16, 2012 at 11:03 PM
I was sorry to see the Quiznos folks close shop. They were super friendly and took alot of pride in their customer service. I would agree that having yet another yogurt shop seems like overkill but hopefully they will find success. I'm just hoping that somehow a book store lands in the upcoming space currently housing Blockbuster.
Nathan McIntire (Editor) February 16, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Thanks Scott, I'll add it!
Carmen Martinez February 17, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Can we petition Vroman's to come to Monrovia?
Elizabeth Chase February 17, 2012 at 02:53 AM
More yogurt?! No yeast is safe in our fair city!
Nicoline Conway February 17, 2012 at 03:19 AM
It's better than another hair or nail salon. Sheesh!
Terry February 17, 2012 at 05:45 AM
Glendora Village can fulfill all your hair and nail needs.
Gayle M. Montgomery February 18, 2012 at 03:03 AM
It's hard to get parking near Coldstone's and Pinkberry's. Cherry on Top has cute seats that are not one size fits all, and B&R is great except on a Friday night when the kids flock to the Pavillions complex (and why not, they need someplace to go). So yet another frozen dessert place is a welcome addition if you can get in there in terms of parking. What I want to see is what is going to replace Acapulcos? I was genuinely angry for years when Spires went out of business, and having a bank is an improvement to a hole, but not what I wanted to see on Restaurant Row. I was hoping there might be a Red Robin, but they put one in at Westfield. It might be nice to have a Marie Callenders to replace the one in Pasadena, but that would be too much like Mimis. Islands would be a draw, but I am unsure if they would think there's not enough geographical distance beween one here and the one on Foothill. I just don't want to see it left empty and be a kind of blight as are many other complexes in the SGV (like the stores around the Lakes in West Covina, or the stores near the AMC in Covina--the 30 theatre is now about a 12 theatre. Spooky!).
NWT February 18, 2012 at 05:39 AM
In regards to Acapulco, I think it's a great spot for a Buffalo Wild Wings, that company's concept seems to be doing very well. The site could also be a great spot for a Daily Grill. My question is, now that the MRDA is now defunct, who's out there trying to lure strong brands to set up shop here in Monrovia?
Danielle Haskell Elgin February 18, 2012 at 06:30 AM
How about a Bob's Big Boy!!!!
Gayle M. Montgomery February 18, 2012 at 07:18 AM
@NWT - I think it's up to us to beg businesses we like to consider coming here. I know there have been a few I have tried to encourage over time, though I was unsuccessful. @Danielle - Bob's is a great idea! They had one at the West Covina Mall next to the freeway, but they seemingly couldn't sustain the biz because they folded, and there's some hot dog place there. They could move a car show over there in the back on a week night as a way of drawing in business and luring the enthusiasts (Gearheads and Gearhead chicks like burgers).
Jerry A February 18, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Gayle, you seem to really enjoy your corporate chain restaurants. That's what led to the demise of Old Town Pasadena which has saw better days than what it has become today. The out of control development, lack of free on street parking, parking meters ! and to many restaurants competing against each other forced the mom and pop restaurants out of Old Town Pasadena and they were replaced by corporate chain restaurants. The eating experience lost in Old Town Pasadena. It was the mom and pop and individual owned small businesses that made Old Town Pasadena a success before it's demise. Keep corporate America on Huntington Dr. and keep them out of Old Town Monrovia. One of the biggest mistakes regarding Old Town Monrovia was made by city government when they abandoned the idea that Old Town Monrovia would have a 1920's, 30's theme. Those awful street lights in Old Town are of the turn of the century 1900 - 1910 design originally for arch type lighting. They clash with the architect of the buildings in Old Town. They are more appropriate for Main Street Disneyland.
Gayle M. Montgomery February 19, 2012 at 07:37 AM
Jerry, one of us is confused. When I was speaking of the corporate chains, I was speaking of the space heretofore occupied by the Acapulco. It bears noting that In N Out started out as a Mom and Pop restaurant by the Snyders in Baldwin Park and grew to be the enterprise it is today, and Mickey D's had it's start, not as a mom and pop but rather two brothers, here in Monrovia. So there is merit in frequenting smaller enterprises. But goodness, you took a flying leap of faith here. There are a couple of smaller businesses I adore in Old Town, including Merengue Bakery and The Peach Cafe. My problem with Old Town, and it's just my problem, is that it is often not accessible for me. My arthritis precludes me from walking great distances. Frequently, there isn't parking available in the proximity of the restaurants and businesses I might like to visit. Handicapped spaces were moved further from the intersections some time back (Hi, Rob! LOL, we discussed this but agreed to disagree as to placement). So that if the sun, moon, and stars don't align properly, and I can't find a parking space that will fit my needs, I bypass a number of restaurants I'd like to try. This article started out about the yogurt shop (now serving frozen dessert company 999 in Monrovia), and I brought up the vacancy at Spires. This wasn't an attack on Old Town, just a suggestion about what to do on the main drag.
Gayle M. Montgomery February 19, 2012 at 07:41 AM
And just a continuation why you largely have to go corporate chains on Huntington is that, when Spires was closing, the reason their staff cited was that the owners raised the rates for the property to a level they could not afford and keep the prices that made them a draw. A mom and pop just starting out doesn't have much of a chance to get a flying start on Huntington, and another closure would signify economic blight. I'm hoping to see the space filled with something that will sustain a crowd and keep the place open. It's spooky when you drive down the street, and so many places are cold. As a person who eats out about 95% of the time, I'd like to have something of quality and a varietal choice for what already exists on Restaurant Row.
Jonathan Lesueur February 19, 2012 at 04:15 PM
They should put TGI Fridays at the Acapulco location
Linda Moca February 19, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Ahhh Yogurtland....my two daughters favorite frozen yogurt! We eat alot of it because it's so delicious and less expensive than all of it's competitors. Love the coffee, frappe and coconut flavors they have this month. No more driving to Duarte Rd./Baldwin in Arcadia....we can walk from home! It would be nice to have a TGIFriday's Restaurant where Alcapulco was....that would save us a drive to West Covina. A bookstore would be nice too!
Jerry A February 19, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Jonathan, just curious, who's " they " ?
Suz February 19, 2012 at 07:50 PM
While I'd like to see the "holes" filled & people employed, I'd really hate to see more chain restaurants - yuck! And, Gayle is right, handicap parking in Old Town is seriously lacking. When my in-laws come to town we end up at the chain restaurants because of the accessibility. A one month stint on crutches left me cursing who ever planned the lack of handicap parking on Myrtle.
Gayle M. Montgomery February 19, 2012 at 10:52 PM
So I thought of another, smaller, chain that would be a good fit for Restaurant Row, and that's Millie's. They have one in Covina I like to frequent with the grandkids. There is a cool restaurant in Rancho that, to the best of my knowledge, is only a one of a kind, and that's called Corky's on Haven. Years ago, before they folded in a couple of places, I tried to get the owners of Spike's Teriyaki to get a placement in Monrovia. I think the owners became too elderly and have passed on, and the restaurant went out of biz.
Linda Moca February 19, 2012 at 11:02 PM
When I was growing up in Monrovia, we frequently went to the Bob's Big Boy at the South/East corner of Foothill and Magnolia. There was also a Sizzler's across the street at the South/West corner. We were sorry to see those close! That was many years ago, obviously. It would be nice to have a restaurant go into the Dogwoods' property.
Dan Bacani February 22, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Thank you everyone for your comments. I'm glad to see that Old Town Monrovia continues to remain in the hearts and minds of many of us.
Tracy Ramirez March 17, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Spike's Teriyaki Bowl, which I grew up on in San Gabriel, has now changed it's name to B-Man's with locations in North San Gabriel (on Huntington & San Gabriel Blvd), Azusa (near APU) and now Duarte-in the Best Buy shopping center. Best Teriyaki I've ever had.....go get your fix!!!
Tracy Ramirez March 17, 2012 at 04:56 PM
How about a decent book store? Wouldn't a Barnes & Noble or a Vroman's do well in that shopping center on Huntington? I'd be there all the time, as would many Monrovians and Arcadians.....especially with the closure of Border's. Just sayin', we don't need many more dining options....I'm fine with what I have to choose from as it stands. : )
David D March 17, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Tracy really? Why do you think Borders closed? I dont get why people keep saying bookstore?? Have any of you paid any attention to the news? Have you not noticed them closing and going bankrupt? Just what we need another store to go in and in six months close...Bookstores are going the way of record stores and video stores...
Gayle M. Montgomery March 18, 2012 at 07:11 AM
Tracy, you may be right. That said, having been a regular frequenter of Spikes when it was in San Gabriel and I worked in Rosemead, I will tell you the sauce at B-Man's is not the same as the old Spike's. Spike's was darker in color and had more of a gingery taste. B-man's is made with honey and lacks the punch that the ginger provided. It could be the same basic menu switched up. We go there as much to get Shave Ice, though it is not near the consistency of what we got at Waiola's or Matsumoto's on Oahu. It's closer to a snow cone consistency.
Linda Moca March 22, 2012 at 04:16 AM
My daughter used to drive home on the weekends, (from her college dorm), just to get her B-Man fix of teriyaki or curry fries!

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