Wake & Late Signs 15K-SF Lease at Pasadena Star-News Building


Wake & Late Restaurants has signed a lease to take the entire 12,000-square-foot ground floor of the historic Pasadena Star-News building, Commercial Observer has learned. 

The casual eatery specializes in one of Los Angeles’ staple meals: the breakfast burrito. The building was previously a training location for aspiring chefs at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, and Wake & Late will use its new space as a storefront for food and coffee sales, as well as for a large-scale bakery that will supply bread, pastries and baked goods for all of its stores.

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L.A.-based Greenbridge Investment Partners owns the four-story property and announced the lease agreement Thursday. The firm did not disclose asking rents. The lease comes after L.A.-based gourmet cookie company Last Crumb leased the building’s 7,500-square-foot fourth floor earlier this year.

The 82,509-square-foot building is at 525 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena’s financial district, near the historic Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena Civic Center and Paseo Colorado. The second, third and penthouse floors of the 97-year-old structure are currently vacant.

“To support a culinary institute, the building showcased its incredible capacity to handle the simultaneous operation of multiple professional-grade kitchens where aspiring chefs perfected their crafts day after day,” Greenbridge’s Sean Hashem said. “Greenbridge maintained the property as a culinary fortress that far exceeds the needs of our tenants.”

Gregory Cornfield can be reached at gcornfield@commercialobserver.com.