After sitting vacant at the eastern gateway of Montrose Shopping Park for almost five years, the former Rocky Cola Cafe site has a new tenant and early plans are to open a “family-oriented” restaurant with a vintage Montrose facade.
As of July 1, local restaurateur Jeff Williams was no longer leasing the property at 2201 Honolulu Ave. In his place is Tom Christopoulos of La Cañada Flintridge, who, along with his family, has owned and operated several restaurants throughout the country during the past 30 years.
Christopoulos’ early plans are to open Gus & Andy’s Montrose Grill, which he describes as a “fresh casual breakfast, lunch and dinner spot” where customers can order at the counter, get seated and receive table service.
“I think it will work out great for Montrose. We are going to try and bring back the facade that was there prior to Rocky Cola — what was there during the ’50s,” Christopoulos said. “I know Montrose has a lot of restaurants and bars, but this is something that is very family-oriented.”
Christopoulos said he will work to secure a liquor license and proper permits to allow for a full bar and patio dining at the restaurant. He added that there are no plans to change the structural layout of the site.
Christopoulos said his two older sons, Costa and Andrew Christopoulos, will operate the restaurant once it’s open. The closest restaurant owned by the family is fast-food spot Jimmy Dean’s Charbroiled Burgers in Santa Clarita.
“I grew up in La Cañada, I knew Rocky Cola when it was a pharmacy,” Christopoulos said. “I’ve known the area for a long, long time.”
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