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May 13, 2009 08:28 AM

Hollywood East?

I've heard they are closing or relocating.

Anyone have anything more substantial?

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  1. They already closed the older location, and are soon (if not already) closing the University Ave location, and eventually reopening INSIDE the Wheaton Mall.

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      1. re: Mister Big

        That was my instinct, but there's a discussion about it over on donrockwell where some others with more info seem to disagree.

        1. re: DanielK

          According to people who have spoken to HE's owner, she is being forced to move by an extremely high increase in the rent which she doesn't want to pay. The restaurant is moving to the interior of the Wheaton Mall, somewhere off the food court in the area for more upscale restaurants. Considering that both the Washingtonian and Washington Post recommend the place, I don't think it is a problem of lack of customers.

          1. re: BookGuy

            I agree.....kiss of death!
            they should look at their clientelle and their authentic style of way will their customers go into Wheaton Plaza. I guess we are lucky that Wong Gee opened in Wheaton. Only problem is now where to go for dim sum on the weekends

            1. re: dining with doc

              Have you been to Wong Gee lately. Our first trip was not one which has inspired us to return yet. It is always empty as well.

            2. re: BookGuy

              And this might be a boon to accomodate a larger dim sum crowd, since the waits right now are horrendous.

              But this leaves questions: can their kitchen handle a larger volume? How are they going to make up for the late night crowd they can no longer attract? And are they going to have to add a lot of Americanized dishes to the menu to satisfy the mall crowd?

              1. re: DanielK

                Our last few late night visits have been to a lightly filled house.

                1. re: deangold

                  Good Fortune was once inside that mall. It had dim sum, attracted new kinds of customers, was good, but it was a pain to get to, one of the reasons they moved.

                    1. re: chowsearch

                      Actually, chowsearch, I think that was Tung Bor in the mall, and they relocated to Bethesda. They were good at one point, but when the new turks came along with competition (New Fortune, Good Fortune, Hollywood East, Oriental East, Silver Palace, others), they didn't keep up.

                      To the best of my knowledge, Good Fortune has always been on University Blvd opposite Hollywood East, though the last few years have not been kind to Good Fortune. Or, I should say that Good Fortune has not been kind to the last few years - my few dim sum trips there in the last few years have ranged from bad to horrible.

                      1. re: DanielK

                        The Tung Bor family went on to do Good Fortune, with Mrs. Mon, the manager-owner and some of the same cast of characters. Originally, she said it was a couple of UM professors and their families.

                        1. re: chowsearch

                          Sounds like no pushcart har gow or inventive specials zipped around by the tray-runners anytime soon: