Old Monterey District Blog

Sushi Fly Reopens for Take-Out

Posted on May 13th, 2020 by Sushi Fly

The past two months have presented unparalleled challenges to our Monterey community and there will certainly be additional unforeseeable challenges as we move through the next phases in social distancing and toward a new and different "normal" in our daily lives.

Sushi Fly would like to thank our guests and employees for being so patient and for doing their part to slow the spread of Covid-19. Your loyal support of our restaurant over the past two years has been greatly appreciated.

As we look toward the future, we have been planning for a new and different reality that might include a new and more limited menu, waiters with face masks and gloves, disposable menus, and tables six feet apart,

Because we anticipate that we will have to reduce the capacity of our already small restaurant, we will be introducing to-go orders, online ordering, and curbside pick-up.

Our hours of operation will be Fridays and Saturdays starting May 15, 3pm-8pm. Please have your orders placed before 7:30pm. You can place your orders on our website.

Our staff has been extremely patient with our closing and we thank them for sticking with us during these trying times. All of us are looking forward to seeing you again.

-Mike Adams
Owner, Sushi Fly

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The Crown and Anchor Reopens

Posted on May 13th, 2020 by Crown and Anchor

The Crown and Anchor pub is now open for take-out / pick-up orders. Come and enjoy our special shelter-in-place menu of traditional British fare along with cocktails, beer, and wine to-go. We're open daily, 4pm-8pm.

If you wish to place your order in advance, please phone us at 831-649-6496. We're located at 150 W. Franklin Street in Downtown Old Monterey. We've missed all of our wonderful customers and are thrilled to see you again!

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Alvarado Street Brewery and Grill is now open for walk-up, curbside service at 426 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey! Monday and Tuesday we're open for beer only, 2pm-7pm. Wednesday through Sunday, we're open 12pm-7pm with a new takeout menu posted on our website. It features burgers, daily meal specials, and cocktails, bottled wine, and beer to-go.

Abiding by social distancing regulations, we have taped off 6ft standing positions and have a one-way line system set up right on Alvarado Street. Please phone in your food orders in advance so things don't get crowded on Alvarado Street, 831-655-2337.

Come and say wassup to Wade and Dre as they are slinging all of this week’s releases as well as Anniversary Ale VI. We're pumped to be back, y’all!

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The Code Ninjas Monterey center is back open to the public! Our new operating hours are Monday-Friday, 2pm-6pm, and Saturday-Sunday, 10am-2pm. We can't wait to see those award-winning smiles at 465 Pacific Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Do your kids like computers? They'll love Code Ninjas! Our center is a fun and welcoming place where girls and boys ages 7-14 learn to code by building their very own video games. They have a blast while learning coding, robotics, math, logic, and teamwork.

Your child’s health and safety are our top priority and we're enforcing strict safety measures as advised by the CDC. Here are the steps that we’re taking to ensure a clean and safe dojo:

*Increased frequency of professional cleaning
*Increased frequency of in-house cleaning by employees, especially devices, tables, door handles, bathrooms, and other frequently used surfaces
*Computer, monitor, mouse, and workspace cleaned between every student session
*No food or drink permitted in the lobby or dojo (coffee bar temporarily closed)

Social Distancing
*Increased distance between individual student workstations in the dojo
*Careful monitoring and enforcement of no-contact interactions
*Reduced student capacity in the dojo as needed, per local regulations

Personal Health & Hygiene
*Increased enforcement of hand washing and sick policies including mandatory temperature self-checks by staff
*Increased volume of sanitation stations

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Shop Locally for Reusable Cloth Face Masks

Posted on May 12th, 2020 by omba

Looking for reusable cloth face masks to wear on your outings? Want to support small, locally-owned businesses in Downtown Old Monterey? Here are a number of masks for adults and children, available for sale online from Old Monterey businesses.

Come get caffeinated! East Village Coffee Lounge has reopened for pick-up and patio take-out orders. We're serving everyone's favorite organic coffee, espresso, tea, pastries, and sandwiches. Check out our menu here. You can phone in your order in advance, 831-373-5601.

East Village Coffee Lounge is located at 498 Washington Street in Downtown Old Monterey and open every day, 8am-4pm. We're locally owned and operated by Carmel Valley Coffee Roasting Company.

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Old Capitol Books and Close to Home Productions are presenting a Virtual Open Mic every Friday night! On May 15, the event will feature a performance by local musician Leche Malo.

Every Friday, the Open Mic social hour starts at 6pm, and performances begin at 6:30pm. We will be recording the event and streaming live to Facebook. Feel free to share the news with friends, family, and fans.

If you'd like to perform during the Open Mic on March 15, please sign up here.

Close to Home Productions be collaborating with Old Capitol Books to host more live events in future in addition to the weekly open mic. Our mission is to unite and amplify a broad range of artistic voices while maintaining a sense of local community – thus, “Close To Home.” Be sure to check out our webpage, Instagram page and YouTube channel.

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Bella's Studio, Monterey's sewing, craft, and design studio, is offering summer sewing camps for kids this summer, but with a twist. As we emerge out of our shelter-in-place reality and ease into a new normal, being creative and flexible is paramount. To help parents feel comfortable with the children with whom your kids are hanging out, Bella has designed her camp curriculum to meet that concern.

Choose your friends and the week you attend. The camp curriculum will be customized for the students enrolled. We'll have a minimum of 2 campers and maximum of 4 campers per session. Each session will meet daily, Monday-Friday, 10am-2pm. Fee is $350 per child, which includes all supplies, materials, and a daily snack. Campers must bring their own lunch and beverage. $100 deposit is required to reserve your week.

Kids' Camp Options
We are offering the following camp themes...or you can tell Bella your ideas! Sewing camp themes include: All Dolled Up; Snuggle Quilt and Cozy Pillow; PJ Party; Soft and Cuddly; Totes, Pouches, and Organizers; Aprons, Table Runner, and Dish Towels; Just for the Boys; and Sewing Campers' Choice.

5 Week-Long Camps
June 22 - June 26
July 6 - July 10
July 13 - July 17
July 27 - July 31
August 3 - August 7

Sign up early as space will fill up quickly! Please phone Bella at 831-920-2272 or e-mail her to register. Bella's Studio is located at 140 W Franklin Street, Suite 309, in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Cult Taco Has Reopened

Posted on May 11th, 2020 by Cult Taco

Cult Taco has reopened for curbside pick-up and delivery! We're now serving breakfast tacos and burritos, classic lunch tacos and burritos, take-and-bake meal options (i.e., enchiladas), and margaritas to go Tues-Sat, 9am-3pm. Please place your order on our website.

Cult Taco, located at 481 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey, is a modern taqueria inspired by the vibrant cuisine and art of Mexico. We offer many gluten free and vegan options.

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Yoga Prop Bundle from Om Studios

Posted on May 9th, 2020 by Om Studios

To support your home yoga practice, Om Studios is offering Yoga Prop Bundles. Prop Bundles are priced at $99 and include one small rectangular bolster, two Manduka blocks, one blanket, and one Manduka strap. It's everything you need to create an in-studio experience at home! Purchase yours online today.

Bundles are available only for curbside pickup by appointment at our Monterey studio (631 Cass Street) or for local delivery on the Monterey Peninsula. Questions? Please e-mail us.

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Melville Tavern is happy to announce that we've reopened for curbside pickup! That's right, we're serving our delicious burgers and sandwiches, wood fired pizzas, pasta, salads, and bottled beer and wine to go. Just check out our menu, place your order over the phone, and pay by credit card. When you arrive, stay in your vehicle and we'll bring your food out to you.

We're very excited to offer you our wood fired, freshly baked pizzas. After a 2-year hiatus, our wood fired brick oven is now back in operation, and we're making some great pizza! Try our Margherita, Mediterranean, Pepperoni, Tavern, Pesto Chicken, Hawaiian, or Barbecue pizzas.

Melville Tavern, located at 484 Washington Street in Downtown Old Monterey, is open daily, 12pm-8pm. Our phone number is 831-643-9525.

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Osio Theater is rolling out a new slate of 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.


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.

A passionate tale of love and liberation set amidst the ultraconservative confines of modern Georgian society, the film follows Merab, a devoted dancer who has been training for years with his partner Mary for a spot in the National Georgian Ensemble. The arrival of another male dancer, Irakli--gifted with perfect form and equipped with a rebellious streak--throws Merab off balance, sparking both an intense rivalry and romantic desire that may cause him to risk his future in dance as well as his relationships with Mary and his family. Watch the trailer.

Antiquarian booksellers are part scholar, part detective, and part businessperson, and their personalities and knowledge are as broad as the material they handle. They also play an underappreciated yet essential role in preserving history. This documentary takes viewers inside their small but fascinating world, populated by an assortment of obsessives, intellects, eccentrics and dreamers. Watch the trailer.

Flailing 34-year-old Bridget finally catches a break when she meets a nice guy and lands a much-needed job nannying six-year-old Frances. But an unwanted pregnancy introduces an unexpected complication. To make matters worse, she clashes with the obstinate Frances and struggles to navigate a growing tension between Frances’s moms. Amidst her tempestuous personal relationships, a reluctant friendship with Frances emerges, and Bridget contends with the inevitable joys and difficulties of becoming a part of someone else’s family. Watch the trailer.

Based on the bestselling novel by José Luis...Read More

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Code Ninjas Summer Camps 2020

Posted on May 9th, 2020 by Code Ninjas

Code Ninjas Monterey is hosting a series of week-long onsite and virtual summer camps for kids in 2020. Transform your child's love for technology into an exciting learning adventure! Guided by our team of Code Senseis, the camps empower kids to gain valuable tech skills, make new friends, and have fun. Visit our website for more information.

Onsite Summer Camps
Code Ninjas' in-person summer camps, taking place at our dojo at 465 Pacific Street in Monterey, are scheduled Monday - Friday, 10am-2pm. Price is $225 per child. Each camp is limited to 12 children. We'll be offering: Roblox Create, Minecraft Modding, Game Builders Club, Robotics Pro, Co-Drone Camp, and Application Builder.

Virtual Summer Camps
Code Ninjas' virtual summer camps are scheduled Monday - Friday, 2:30pm-3:30pm. Price is $149 per child. Each camp is limited to 6 students. We'll be offering: Roblox Create and Minecraft Modding.

View class descriptions and the full schedule on our website.

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Hellam's Tobacco and Wine Shop has reopened after a short hiatus! We now have abbreviated hours during Governor Newsom's Phase 2: Monday - Saturday, 10am-6pm. For curbside pickup, please call in advance - 831-373-2816 - and we'll have your order ready for you. We're located at 423 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Founded in 1893, Hellam's is California's oldest tobacco shop and Monterey's oldest continuously-operated business. Locally owned, we possess the largest selection of cigars in the county as well as a wide range of fine tobacco products and adult beverages.

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Now it's easy to shop locally online! The all-new Old Monterey SiP Mall is an online retail guide listing local businesses whose doors are currently closed to foot traffic, but who are selling items on their website and over the phone, offering curbside pickup and/or shipping/delivery.

Please continue to support our fine neighborhood businesses by viewing and purchasing goods online and over the phone until they can open their doors to you in Downtown Old Monterey. New businesses are added every week!

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This Sunday, May 10, Rosine's Restaurant will be serving delectable Mother's Day Brunch Specials for take-out / pick-up from 9am-2pm. Delivery will also be available by using the Online Ordering link on their website. They will be also be offering their regular menu from 11am-7pm.

Brunch specials include the popular Crab Avocado Benedict, Salmon Florentine Benedict, Steak and Prawn Benedict, Seafood Omelet, Bacado Omelet, Garden Vegetable Omelet, Fresh Strawberry Pancakes, Lemon Cream Pancakes, and Bananas Foster French Toast. Select breakfast items will also be available upon request!

Mimosas, Champagne and Prosecco by the bottle will also be available.

*And it's not too late to order your Mother's Day cake for that special someone!

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Join poet and nonfiction author and workshop leader Patrice Vecchione for a writing burst of energy, a kickstart to your creative self. Get the juices flowing! My Shouting, Shattered, Whispering Voice: A Writing Workshop will be held in virtual, online space on Saturday, June 6, 9:30am-1pm. Fee is $80 - sign up here.

Sure, we’re living through one hell of a time and writing is a fail-proof way through. Calm the overwhelm brought on by fear and uncertainty. When words find their way to the page, you’ll get a bit of breathing space. This workshop is for writers of any and every genre.

Old Capitol Books, an independent, family run, beloved bookstore is in need of funds to stay afloat, and we need bookstores now more than ever! This is a bookstore that hosts poetry readings, experimental art performances, and offers both new and used books.

50% of the workshop fee goes directly to Old Capitol Books and the other 50% helps support an author (also challenged)!

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Sovino Wine Bar and Merchant is here for your quarantine wine needs! We're pleased to offer complimentary local delivery, including same-day local delivery for orders placed by 6pm. Please visit our website to view our selection and place your order.

Sovino, a small business owned by local sommelier Claire Sutton, is located at 241 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. For inquiries, please call 831-641-9463.

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Just in time for Mother's Day, Grace Lifestyle Boutique is offering beautiful, 100% soy candles by Capri Blue, hand-poured in the U.S. There are three fragrances available: Pineapple Flower, Volcano, and Coconut Santal. Prices are $24 for the smaller candle with a 40 hour burn time, and $32 for the larger candle with a 65 hour burn time.

Brittani Reid-Bristol, owner of Grace Lifestyle Boutique, is sheltering in place at home locally, but she has candles from the shop and she wants to share them with you! Please e-mail her or DM Grace Lifestyle Boutique on Instagram for a secure invoice you can pay online. Britanni is offering free local delivery to Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel, Carmel Valley, Seaside, and Marina. She's also happy to ship your order.

Pineapple Flower
Close your eyes and feel the island sun! Sparkling pineapple with a hint of plum mixed with tart lemon flower and sweet sugar cane make the perfect blend of paradise.

This fragrance is the perfect blend of citrus and sugar notes. Like the excitement and energy of a summer night rendezvous, it is simply unforgettable.

Coconut Santal
With flowering hibiscus, lime coconut, and hits of amber, this fragrance transports you to good times and gives you ultimate smooth sailing vibes.

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Alvarado Street Brewery presents All Together. This beer represents a worldwide collaboration spearheaded by our friends at @otherhalfnyc to raise awareness for hospitality workers affected by the pandemic. This hazy IPA is loaded up with Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe, and Cascade hops and delivers all the fruit laden juiciness.

A portion of proceeds from purchases of this beer will go directly to the 100+ staff at all three Alvarado Street / Yeast of Eden locations. At the end of the day, we’re all in this together! A limited number of cases remain for shipping in California, as well as four packs for drive through pickup at our Salinas location at 1315 Dayton Street.

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