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Apr 7, 2010 02:27 PM

fire at Yi Mei / Silver & Gold amazing / Liang's etc. plaza (mpk)

Went down to get lunch at the new Liang Mama Jia on Atlantic (same plaza as Yi Mei, Silver & Gold Amazing, etc., as well as same parking lot as Elite), and the whole thing was taped off, and one of the non-food places there had its doors smashed in. Lots of insurance adjusters, owners, etc. I asked someone what happened, and there was a fire there.

According to a news article, it was around 1 AM last night.

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    1. Curses! Was at Liang's Village Cuisine on Monday and Silver & Gold is my #1 go to restaurant.

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      1. re: Chandavkl

        I thought they said it occurred at a vacant space but Liang's sustained smoke damage. I should have gotten my beef shao bing last Sunday at Yi Mei instead of going to Silver & Gold.

      2. Oh dear, and I had just started frequenting Silver & Gold since this past Jan.

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        1. re: Sgee

          Hi Sgee,

          Definitely sad to hear about the fire, but an FYI: The main cook at Silver & Gold has left, according to one of my SGV Hounds (who's friend is the daughter of S&G's original main cook). They said he moved to a nearby restaurant on Garfield. (This would explain the not so good food I had 3 weeks ago at Silver & Gold. I wish I was able to try them before he left. :(

        2. IS the whole plaza shut down? I was gonna get me some Chinese breakfast this coming weekend at Yi Mei...

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          1. re: J.L.

            When I was there yesterday, the store doors were all open, but nothing was open to the public. There was a fairly strong smell of smoke, and some of the restaurants had tables and stuff covered with cloth. No idea whether it'll be open this weekend - maybe a good week to head to Si Hai on Las Tunas instead.

            Las Tunas Restaurant
            3603 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

            1. re: J.L.

              The portion of the shopping center with all the restaurants (except Elite) is still blocked off today with yellow tape. Large number of people milling around outside--I presume an insurance adjuster convention or something.

              1. re: Chandavkl

                Liang's owner Mr. Lee (who is still stationed at the new Monterey Park branch) says they don't expect to re-open for 2 weeks. The origin of the fire was clearly in JW Wireless.

                World Journal's article here:

                Yi Mei clearly sustained the most damage which makes me really sad. JW Wireless has been vacant for over a month, and apparently the various tenants all complaired to the landlord about the vacant space being unlocked & hence a security risk.

                Interesting Liang's estimates $2000-3000 loss per day. Surely that's for the insurance adjusters since they're hardly busy during the weekday.

                1. re: TonyC

                  Sorry to hear this, especially Yi Mei's misfortunes - I really liked their Chinese breakfast, their soy milk and cruellers...

                  1. re: TonyC

                    "Interesting Liang's estimates $2000-3000 loss per day. Surely that's for the insurance adjusters since they're hardly busy during the weekday."


                    Don't discount the volume of take-out orders.

                    Also, it wouldn't really serve Liang's (or any restaurant) to fudge its revenues or profits for purposes of insurance coverage only to have the IRS come knocking on its doors ... once the doors are rebuilt of course with the insurance money ...

              2. Does anyone know if the restaurant reoponed, specifically Yi Mei? I stopped by 2 weeks ago and it was still completely dark. So sad!!!!

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                1. re: eenar

                  It doesn't look promising for anything in the very near future. We were by there as well around the same time and saw no action.

                  1. re: eenar

                    Liang Mama Jia was open the other week, albeit a bit smelly still, but I think Yi Mei and most of the other restaurants on that stretch are still closed, at least as of a few days ago.

                    1. re: eenar

                      Still closed. Roof damage appears to be the issue.