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Mexican Restaurant Planned at the Aztec Hotel

A proposed plan would turn the former Brass Elephant bar attached to the Aztec Hotel into a Mexican restaurant.

The new owners of the Aztec Hotel plan to remodel the former Brass Elephant bar and turn it into a Mexican restaurant, according to a Monrovia Planning Commission report.

The 3,700 square foot restaurant sould seat more than 140 patrons. A patio area previously used by the Brass Elephant would not be used for dining or service of alcoholic beverages, according to the Nov. 14 planning report.

Jacky Chan, the owner of the hotel and restaurant, applied for a conditional use permit to serve alcohol and host live music at the restaurant. The Planning Commission tabled the idea of allowing live music because of previous complaints about entertainment at the Brass Elephant from local neighbors, according to the commision's development blog.

"The property owner of an apartment building on Melrose Avenue that is directly north of the Aztec Hotels parking lot attended the meeting," the report reads. "The property owner expressed concern that she did not want to see a repeat of what happened in the past when the Brass Elephant occupied the restaurant space before it changed to the Mayan Room restaurant. The Brass Elephant had evolved from a restaurant to a nightclub/bar use that created late night problems for her tenants and the neighborhood."

The Commission pushed back the public hearing until its December meeting and directed city staff to "bring back conditions of approval to allow entertainment on a very limited basis," according to commission's development blog.

The restaurant would be open until 11 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 11:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, the report says.

Scarletcat November 25, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Yes there are a number of Mexican restaurants already in Monrovia, so a niche is needed. Seems the owner's idea of music may not be that bad. What is needed though, is respect to those that live in the neighborhood. Mariachis would be a great niche. Keeping the bands smaller (6-8 musicians) may be the way to provide the entertainment, yet volumes reasonable. Limiting the live entertainment to Fridays and Saturdays or Sunday daytime can also limit the impact on the neighbors. What does need to be watched for is not to let this location become the newest Papillons by hosting rowdy crowds just for $$$. This is a historic building and I would hope the owners though rightfully wanting to make a profit, keep this in mind when promoting possible live entertainment. The entertainment, if allowed, should fit the surroundings also, not just the cuisine, but the building and neighborhood too.
Gayle M. Montgomery November 26, 2012 at 02:19 AM
With respect to Mr. Crandall's suggestion of a Hometown Buffet, it is not all bad, but not that healthy in many respects. People have the right not to eat healthy, though, so it could be an option. I stumbled onto a healthier buffet near the Puente Hills Mall that built into what was their Acapulco as I understand it. There were many healthier options, the goopy stuff, and stuff in between. It was reasonably priced. http://www.goldencorral.com/ I decided sometime back that the People of Walmart eat at Hometown Buffet. If you know of the former, watch for it at the latter (smile).
Dan Crandell November 26, 2012 at 03:56 AM
@Terry ... Well maybe another Jake in the Box is more to your liking. Maybe one up on Foothill. @Gayle ... First you call it "not all that of a bad an idea" ... Than you take it all away by taking about healthy food and Walmart and their people... So wish is it Miss Gayle? I think I've just been "Gayled" ... haven't I ??!!! Boy ... That hurt. PS @Terry ... same to you fella!!!
R. Young December 19, 2012 at 12:28 AM
I haven't heard a "brass instrument" for years at the Brass. The same band has been there for ages..until the recent closure. They were all friends of the past owner Kathy and at times she would sit in and sing a few numbers. The live entertianment scene in Monrovia is almost non-existant. Since the new owner is only allowed one weekend a month for live entertainment, I really hope she gives the local bands a rotating chance so we don't have to hear the same band for the next 12 years. Also I'm hopefull the new owner has done some sound proofing to the structure and that she also keeps the parking lot noise to a minimum. I can totally understand the complaints. There have been nights I have driven by and have heard parking lot noise with all the windows rolled up in my car. Not good! Live music..VERY GOOD! Wizz
R. Young December 19, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Buffets are a dead issue. Go look at the old CLOSED one on the corner of Santa Anita and Live Oak in Arcadia. I think it was a Sir George's. The concept is good but not cost effective to prepare all of those dishes so people can pick and choose. I do agree with what you said about a Mexican and the slow startup as Monrovia is flooded with them.

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