Seems like the local restaurant scene is starting to pick up steam again. Restaurant 1833 made a splash in downtown Monterey last month, followed by the opening of a second Chopstix location soon after.
Johnny Rockets is taking over the space that was formerly the Cannery Row Pizza Company at the corner of Prescott and Cannery Row, next to MYO. Sure, it’s a chain restaurant, but it’s nice to see something going into that vacant spot — especially a burger joint.
Further up the Row, Caffino, a coffee chain with outlets in the Bay Area, opened a café serving hot and cold coffee drinks, as well as an assortment of soups, salads and sandwiches.
Not to be outdone, Alvarado is getting some new additions, too. SoCal froyo chain Pinkberry will be opening up a shop in downtown Monterey, a welcome alternative to MYO.
And while progress seems to be moving slowly, Caffe Trieste, a small coffee chain based out of San Francisco’s North Beach, will be taking over the location that’s been empty since a fire shuttered Jugem.
But the most mouth-watering piece of restaurant news? The opening of il Vecchio in Pacific Grove on Central Avenue. They’re planning on opening in early August with a menu of simple, rustic Italian fare. Don’t let words like “simple” or “rustic” fool you — it’s serious business here, and they’ve brought in chefs from Italy to train the kitchen.
Just as intriguing as the food is the building itself. The restaurant is being built entirely from reclaimed materials by intrepid Brooklyn builder/sculptor/furniture maker Ariele Alasko. Follow the construction on Ariel’s blog: brooklyntowest.blogspot.com