The award-winning classic American dining establishment is owned by prominent restaurateurs, brothers Bob and Gregg Smith. This partnership represents the shared vision of ALFA and Smith Brothers Restaurants to provide stimulating experiences that offer a "feast for the eyes" with exceptional works of fine art. In addition to highlighting ALFA's contemporary artists the Arroyo Chop House has on permanent display a private collection of historic American Scene Painters of the 1930's and 1940's.
The Raymond 1886 is a living example of Pasadena’s colorful past and carries on the city’s great traditions of craftsman architecture and unparalleled hospitality.
In 1886, Walter Raymond, a Boston native, came to Pasadena and built The Raymond Hotel – a fabulous sunny destination for Easterners looking to escape harsh winter weather. On Easter Sunday in 1895, sparks from a chimney ignited the roof and the entire hotel burned to the ground in only 40 minutes. Guests were directed to safety in the nearby cottage, and it is said that bartenders from the hotel’s “secret poolroom” were serving guests after the tragedy.
Undaunted, Mr. Raymond built an even grander hotel with 300 rooms, along with a charming caretaker’s cottage. In the early years, Walter and his wife often stayed in the cottage when it wasn’t occupied by special guests. Gracious hosts, the Raymonds entertained celebrities such as Charlie Chaplin, Tom Mix, and Buster Keaton, who visited and filmed in Pasadena in the roaring 1920s.
Sadly, in 1931, the Raymond Hotel was toppled by the Great Depression and the party was over. The hotel was razed to make room for residential development, and Walter and his wife moved into the cottage, where they lived until 1934.
The caretaker’s cottage, now owned by Rob and Leslie Levy, is The Raymond | 1886. Its timeless charm and enduring spirit harmonize well with the traditional elegance of ALFA's artists and artwork. Rotating exhibitions are on display year long throughout this lovely space to be enjoyed by all.
The selection of work can be seen HERE!