I bring you good tidings of great joy! For today on a whim I drove down on Rosemead to check up on the new Starbucks and discovered much to my delight that it was indeed open. Pasadena, you have a Starbucks with a Drive-Thru and it is a fairly nice location at that.
First let me tell you the excellent news: The posted hours at the store reads 4:30am - 11:30pm. I know the website only says 11:00pm but the sign on the door says 11:30pm. Either way, this is probably the latest a Starbucks is open in the area. Nearly midnight? Need coffee? Drive-Thru Starbucks! (Unless it is after 11:30pm when you get there).
The decor was different than the Starbucks I'm used to. There were stools and the presence of ... warm wood? Various pictures decorate the walls with scenes from global locations people think coffee comes from. For example, there's a picture of three young men seated on steps in what I believe is Brasil. Ethnic stock photography ... why not? I think I sat in front of a Turkish picture.
They did a decent job with my iced coffee. I think this is my new favorite Starbucks in Pasadena. Why don't you go take a look?