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Feb 26, 2010 04:25 PM

Mission 261 Reopening

A banner outside of Mission 261 in San Gabriel says they will be re-opening soon and are taking banquet reservations. The front door was open so I guess there's actually somebody there to take your reservation. The building looks the same as before, so perhaps they gave up on their attempts to expand and remodel the premises.

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  1. Thanks for the FYI. Do you know if the same chefs or owners are still there? I had an expensive but mediocre banquet experience there just before they closed.

    1. Did they remodel or did they get shut down by the health inspector?

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      1. re: mstinawu

        They were apparently wanting to build some humongous office building in their parking lot, or something equally insane. Gee, too bad that didn't fly... So now they'll just have to go back to making their little dumplings and hosting their little banquets.

        We were there for a banquet once, and as we didn't have to pay for it we were pretty happy. Got to have an earlier weekend dim sum meal with the banquet's protagonists as well, when they were checking the place out, and thought it was quite nice. We prefer the hurly-burly of 888 et al, but the items themselves were delicious and nicely made.

        1. re: mstinawu

          They wanted to build a $25-million four-story, 54-room hotel with a condominium complex and retail stores, but the neighbors revolted.

          1. re: Chandavkl

            Yeah, I did say "something equally insane", and that definitely qualifies! Smack in the middle of a historical district, even if it's not so officially designated. Par of the charm - MOST of the charm of that place is its relatively serene location, so unlike your usual Hong Kong palace, and that serenity tends to prevail inside.

        2. That's great news. Beautiful restaurant, and excellent food. It'll be good to have them off injured reserve.

          1. L A Weekly reports a March 16 reopening date with a new dinner chef but the old dim sum chef.

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            1. re: Chandavkl

              I'm hoping they haven't been completely distracted by this long drawn out process that seems to have brought them back full circle to where they left off. Places like Sea Harbour and Elite seem to have really been on their respective heaters, so Mission 261 needs to be upping the ante when they jump back into the game.

              I wonder why March 16 was chosen as their reopening date? Tuesday seems to be kind of a slow opening day?

              1. re: bulavinaka

                I just looked at my Lunar Calendar and March 16 is the first day of the second month in the Lunar Calendar and it is supposed to be a very fortuitous day for business endeavors.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  I didn't want to mention the possibility of this, but I had a strong feeling. I hope great fortune comes their way!

            2. I was wondering what was going on there, so really appreciate the update. I ate there once, and while it was good, I found it to be overpriced and with uneven service. Glad they are not going to build that monstrosity complex there that I had heard about. I think that really would have detracted from the charm of that neighborhood. I will give this place another try soon.