In the restaurant business, the phrase "soft opening" indicates a new venue will start to serve customers without the fanfare and pressure of a grand opening. Kinks in service, preparation, inventory computer programs and construction finishing can be ironed out as the new personnel learn their way around the house.
Minx Restaurant and Lounge in the Glendale foothills has softly opened, quietly serving dinner for the past couple weeks in the Glendale foothill location of the former Rusty Pelican. Lunch service is expected to start next week. Brunch will be served soon on weekends.
Many local residents celebrated special occasions at Rusty Pelican when it opened more than two decades ago on the spectacular hilltop near the Holly Street exit of the 210 Freeway. I have good memories of the Pelican. But over time, the quality of the food dwindled. Like our friends, we went elsewhere.