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  • Owners: Dustin Nicolarsen and Mike Thomas (silent)
  • GM: Shaunna Costicov (working for free towards part ownership in restaurant)
  • Address: 402 S. Myrtle Ave. Monrovia, CA 91016 
  • Phone: 626-305-0094
  • Website: www.operamonrovia.com
  • Opened: Originally in 2000, March 2011 under current ownership
  • Type of food: Italian, French, Spanish, Hodgepodge
  • Service hours: M-F (11-2, 5-10) Sat (5-11) Sun (11-2, 5-10)
  • Restaurant Size: 3500 sq. ft.
  • Kitchen Size: 2000 sq. ft.
  • Number of seats: 60-80
  • Number of employees: 15 (including kitchen staff)
  • Liquor license: Yes
  • Lease


  • Dustin has sunk thousands of dollars into Opera over the past year and cannot afford to do it anymore.
  • Right now, Shaunna’s ownership in Opera is based on 5% of the profits and after a year she will have 49% ownership. She must turn it around to become part owner.
  • Chef Jason’s reputation is on the line as Head Chef and he is not getting what he needs from the owner to put his name on the map.