Old Monterey District Blog

Be a Hero. Wear a Mask.

Posted on May 28th, 2020 by omba

Help stop the spread of Covid-19! When you wear a face mask, you're a hero to the hard-working owners and employees of small businesses in Downtown Old Monterey, keeping them and their families safe.

Customers in Monterey County are required to wear a face covering while waiting in line and entering businesses. Don't make them ask, just wear a mask!

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Old Monterey's 2020 4th of July Parade Canceled

Posted on May 27th, 2020 by omba

It is with great regret that the Old Monterey Business Association has canceled the 2020 Old Monterey 4th of July Parade due to the prohibition of large group gatherings during the Covid-19 pandemic. Thank you to all of our friends who have participated in the parade over the years, and to the many, many spectators who have lined the streets of historic Downtown Old Monterey on the 4th of July. We'll see you in next year as we celebrate Monterey's 250th Birthday Plus One!

Crepes of Brittany is happy to reopen for take-out orders! Chefs Daniel and Theirry are back. Come enjoy their delicious sweet crepes and savory galettes made fresh in the same fashion as the creperies of Brittany. It's like a quick trip overseas in your mind.

Located at 211 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey, we're open Mon-Thurs, 7am-2pm, and Fri-Sun, 7am-3pm. View our menu online.

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Paid Parking Resumes in Monterey on June 1, 2020

Posted on May 26th, 2020 by omba

Because of Monterey County's Covid-19 shelter-in-place order, the City of Monterey's Parking Division temporarily suspended paid parking for a short time. Please note that, on June 1, 2020, paid parking resumes and will be fully enforced.

The Parking Division encourages people who use the lots and garages to download the ParkMobile app for a quick and convenient payment method that makes it easy to maintain physical distancing.

For more information, please visit the Parking Division's webpage, or call the Parking Office at 831-646-3953.

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Now, by popular demand, Sazon Express presents our very own Asada Nachos! Loaded with Pop’s traditional carne asada, re-fried Peruvian beans, pico de gallo, sour cream, jalapeños, and grill-melted Monterey Jack, we guarantee these nachos are worth the wait.

Sazon Express is located at 431 Tyler Street in Downtown Old Monterey. We are now open for take-out and delivery only. Check out our menu on our website and order there or over the phone, 831-230-0570.

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The all new Specialized bike, Diverge, is in stock at Work Horse Bicycles! With tons of tire clearance, lots of mounting and packing options (including the integrated swat box for racks, bags, and whatever your adventure calls for), wide bars, future shock, and GRX shifting, this bike will keep you smiling for all of the miles.

Located at 486 Washington Street in Downtown Old Monterey, we are currently open 1pm-6pm, Monday-Friday.

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Esteban Restaurant is excited to announce that we have added nightly dinner specials to our current Curbside Dinner Menu and we're now offering Sunday brunch to go. Chef Gus has brought back some favorites and added a few new items the entire family can enjoy!

Dinner is served daily, 4pm-8pm, and Sunday brunch is served 9am-12pm. Take a look at our Specials and Sunday Brunch menus below, view our regular dinner menu on our website, and give us a call at 831-375-0176.

Our current nightly specials are:

Monday & Tuesday
3-course Paella Dinner

Wednesday & Thursday
14 oz. Ribeye Steak
Grilled Pacific Catch
Chickpea Stew

Friday & Saturday
Pizza & Wings for the Family

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Want a delicious take-and-bake pizza you can make in the comfort of your own home? In response to popular demand, MidiCI Monterey now offers take home pizza kits for everyone to enjoy. Experience MidiCi in your own kitchen! Order your pizza kit today for delivery or takeout.

MidiCi, the Neapoltian Pizza Company, is located at 467 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. Please visit our website to check out our menu.

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Old Catpiol Books and the Close to Home Collective present their first online workshop, Sublime Imprecision: The Magic of Rough Edges, led by Janice Blaze Rocke and Marc Zegans on Thursday, May 28, 7pm-9pm. Registration is required. Please register online here.

In this workshop we will explore nuanced ways of writing about topical issues and events, emphasizing the role of the senses in grounding oneself in the writing process. We’ll examine how subtle and offbeat approaches can help consumers of our creative work think mindfully about complex phenomena that on the surface appear simple.

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Old Capitol Books and the Close to Home Collective present the return of the Rubber Chicken Poetry Slam hosted by Garland Thompson, Jr., on Wednesday, June 3, 7:30pm-9:30pm. And now, for the first time, we're doing it online!

Come perform or witness the competitive poetry event that has become a local institution. Come strut your stuff, or watch the slam unfold as a spectator. Poets should sign up here on the day of the event.

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Osio Theater is offering new independent films to rent and screen at home! View the list of currently available and upcoming films here. A portion of the proceeds from your rental benefits Osio. For general technical support on how to view your rental on your smart TV or device, please visit Osio's Streaming Support Page.

VIRTUAL SCREENINGS BEGINNING MAY 22, 2020

MILITARY WIVES
This feel-good, crowd-pleasing British film inspired by true events centers on a group of women from different backgrounds whose partners are away serving in Afghanistan. Faced with their loved ones’ absences, they come together to form the very first military wives choir, helping each other through some of life’s most difficult moments, and quickly find themselves on an international stage. Watch the trailer.

ON A MAGICAL NIGHT
In this playful new film we meet Maria, a woman dissatisfied with her marriage who, after a heated argument with her husband of 20 years, spends the night in a hotel room across the street from their home. There, she has a bird's eye view of her apartment, her husband, and her marriage. In this comic romp, she confronts her past lovers and relationships on one magical night, fantasizing about the lives she could've lived and wondering if she's made the right decisions. Watch the trailer.

OTHER MUSIC
Other Music was an influential and uncompromising New York City record store that was vital to the city’s early 2000s indie music scene. But when the store is forced to close its doors due to rent increases, the homogenization of urban culture, and the shift from CDs to downloadable and streaming music, a cultural landmark is lost. Through vibrant storytelling, this documentary captures the record store’s vital role in the musical and cultural life of the city, and highlights the artists whose careers it helped launch. Watch the trailer.

CRESCENDO
When world-famous conductor Eduard Sporck accepts the task of creating an Israeli-Palestinian youth orchestra, he is quickly drawn into a tempest of unsolvable problems. Having grown up in a state of war, suppression, and the constant risk of terror attacks, the young musicians on both sides are far from able to form a team. Will Sporck succeed and make the young people forget their hatred, at least for the three weeks until the concert? Watch the trailer.

UP FROM THE STREETS
The documentary is Michael Murphy's omnibus celebration of the music that shaped the culture of New Orleans. It features...Read More

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Siamese Bay Restaurant, founded in 1983, is now open every day, 11am-7pm, for take-out and curbside pick-up! Owner Sam Taisaeng offers some of the most delicious Thai curries, soups, and spring rolls in town. This is excellent comfort food - perfect for shelter-in-place - with lots of vegetarian and gluten-free options. Phone in your order to 831-373-1550 and pick it up at the restaurant at 131 Webster Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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New Supremo Pizza at MidiCi Monterey

Posted on May 19th, 2020 by MidiCi

MidiCi Monterey is happy to announce the arrival of the Supremo pizza on our menu. The Supremo is made with our Italian tomato sauce and topped with fresh mozzarella cheese, house made sausage, sliced garlic, green bell peppers, black olives, red onions, and sliced mushrooms. Yum!

MidiCi Monterey, The Neapolitan Pizza Company, is located at 467 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. We are now open for take-out, pick-up, and delivery orders.

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Shelley Bennett Skincare is celebrating five years in business! My heart remains filled with gratitude for my guests who have become my friends, the private label products, the on-line shop, and my family and friends for cheering me on through this journey. I am so glad that I followed my heart and took the leap.

Now through May 31, 2020, I'm offering 15% off all product purchases of $75 or more at the online store. Please use code "anniversary".

I invite you to join me on Friday, May 22, at 2pm for a Virtual Open House on Instagram Live. I'll have a Q&A session, five product giveaways, and more.

-Shelley Bennett
Owner, Shelley Bennett Skincare

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Sovino Wine Bar and Merchant is hosting online painting classes led by local artist Bunny Paivine on Saturday, May 23 and May 30, at 6pm. Learn how to paint a picture from the comfort of your own home! Fee is $30 per person and includes paint, supplies, and delivery of the paint and supplies. (You can order wine or beer from us, too!)

To purchase tickets, visit Sovino's online store. Class details will be sent to you following your purchase. Please purchase your tickets by the preceding Thursday night to ensure delivery of supplies.

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation presents Virtual Preservation Month in May 2020! Now you can unlock a piece of history every day from your own home. Monterey's own Cooper Molera Adobe was featured on May 19 with an online cooking and culinary history discussion between Chef Ben Spungin of Alta Bakery & Cafe and National Trust Chief Preservation Officer Katherine Malone-France. The video of the conversation is now available here (please input your name and e-mail address to access).

Throughout the month of May, the National Trust is bringing you the very best in preservation from coast to coast, offering 31 days of rich digital experiences at historic places to inspire, delight, and entertain you online. Whether coming from our National Trust Historic Sites, Historic Artists' Homes and Studios, or National Treasures, each day will unlock a new experience and help you step out while you stay in. You’ll wander the rooms of iconic houses, roam wide-open spaces, and peek behind the scenes at some of your favorite historic sites—all at your own pace.

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New in stock at Grace Lifestyle Boutique: a hand sanitizer that's actually good for your skin! We now carry hand sanitizer from Natural Inspirations, a moisturizing gel that contains aloe vera and Vitamin E and is paraben free. It has a beautiful citrus fragrance. Please phone us to purchase and arrange for curbside pickup or shipping, 831-324-4200.

Grace Lifestyle Boutique, locally owned and operated, is located at 459 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Osio Theater is rolling out new independent films to rent and screen at home! View the list of currently available and upcoming films here. A portion of the proceeds from your rental benefits Osio. For general technical support on how to view your rental on your smart TV or device, please visit Osio's Streaming Support Page.

VIRTUAL SCREENINGS BEGINNING MAY 15, 2020

CRESCENDO
When world-famous conductor Eduard Sporck accepts the task of creating an Israeli-Palestinian youth orchestra, he is quickly drawn into a tempest of unsolvable problems. Having grown up in a state of war, suppression, and the constant risk of terror attacks, the young musicians on both sides are far from able to form a team. Will Sporck succeed and make the young people forget their hatred, at least for the three weeks until the concert? Watch the trailer.

UP FROM THE STREETS
The documentary is Michael Murphy's omnibus celebration of the music that shaped the culture of New Orleans. It features personal reflections from New Orleans’ most impactful musicians including, but not limited to, Terence Blanchard, Harry Connick, Jr, Wynton Marsalis, Mannie Fresh, Dr. Michael White, and commentary by national and international musicians along with archival and newly filmed performances by Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint, and The Neville Brothers. Watch the trailer.

CORPUS CHRISTI
Corpus Christi is the story of 20-year-old Daniel who experiences a spiritual transformation while living in a youth detention center. He wants to become a priest but this is impossible because of his criminal record. When he is sent to work at a carpenter's workshop in a small town, on arrival he dresses up as a priest and accidentally takes over the local parish. The arrival of the young, charismatic preacher is an opportunity for the local community to begin the healing process after a tragedy that happened there. Watch the trailer.

DRIVEWAYS
Cody is a sweet, sensitive boy who doesn't always fit in easily with other kids his age. He's not bothered by spending the summer in an unfamiliar New York town while his mother, Kathy, cleans out the house left behind by his recently deceased aunt, trying to ready it for sale. As Kathy--estranged from her reclusive sister for years--learns how much she didn't know about the woman, Cody strikes up a surprising friendship with A gruff Korean War vet who lives next door. Watch the trailer.

AND THEN WE DANCED
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