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Daunting task - compiling SGV openings closings in 2010

JThur01 Dec 22, 2010 10:24 PM

So, I've been commissioned to do this, here's what I have so far:


Beijing Restaurant, Valley Blvd., San Gabriel
Dip's Grill
15 Cats
Gatten Sushi
Green Island, Atlantic, Monterey Park
Gui Lin (Garvey, replaced Hengyang Chili King)
Half & Half Tea Hose, Atlantic in Monterey Park
Hoy Kha
Hua Mei Szechuan Palace, 172 E. Valley in San Gabriel
Huge Tree Pastry, Arlantic, Monterey Park.
Liang's Kitchen, 750 S Atlantic Blvd., Monterey Park
Lucky Noodle King
Lu’s Dumpling, 330 N Garfield
New Taste Dumpling House, 301 W Valley Blvd Ste 110, San Gabriel
Omar's Xinjiang Halal Restaurant, 1719 New Ave., San Gabriel
Open Kitchen
101 Hot Pot, Valley Blvd., San Gabriel
Palace Garden Tea Station
P.P. Pop, 123 N. Garfield, Monterey Park
Phong Dinh, 501 W. Garvey Avenue, Monterey Park
Strawberry Cones, Valley Blvd., San Gabriel
Tasty Garden, Atlantic in Monterey Park
Tea Spots, Valley Blvd.
Ten Ren Tea Station, Las Tunas, Temple City
Ten Ren, Monterey Park
Wong Java House, 1936 W Valley Blvd., Alhambra, CA 91803 (626) 289-2717


Botanas Mexico: 11104 Rush Street, #2, South El Monte.
Cool Spot (replaced by 101 Hot Pot)
Ding’s Garden (replaced by Lucky Noodle King)
Dragon Mark, 301 W Valley Blvd Ste 110, San Gabriel (replaced by New Taste Dumpling House)
Dumpling Master (replaced by Huge Tree Pastry)
Fleur De Lys Patisserie: 440 S Atlantic Blvd., Monterey Park; (626) 282-4040.
Golden Café, 172 E. Valley in San Gabriel - did this make it to 2010? (replaced by Hua Mei)
Green Village, Rowland Heights (this time)
Hengyang Chili King, Garvey, Monterey Park (replaced by Gui Lin)
Home Town, Valley Blvd., San Gabriel (replaced by Beijing)
Hong Kong Fusion, Garfield, Monterey Park (replaced by Hoy Kha)
Jazz Cat Café (replaced by 15 Cats)
King's Cup (did it even make it to 2010? - replaced by Omar's),
Li Jiang Noodle, Valley (just past Del Mar)
Look You Fan Dim, 123 N Garfield Ave, Monterey Park (replaced by P.P. Pop)
Shu Feng Yuan, Valley Blvd., San Gabriel
Snack Pop: 529 E Valley Blvd., San Gabriel (replaced by Open Kitchen)
Strawberry Cones - the only one to make both lists.

I know I've bound to have missed some and research is ongoing despite a deadline, if anyone can add any, by all means please do...and it is greatly appreciated.

ipsedixit, trying to keep track of this reminds me of your quotes - on trying to keep track of all of this.

Dumpling Master Restaurant
423 N Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

Jazz Cat Cafe
640 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803

Snack Pop
529 E Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

Look You Restaurant
123 N Garfield Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91754

Dip's Grill
1412 E Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801

Omar's Xinjiang Halal Restaurant
1719 N New Ave, San Gabriel, CA 91776

Huge Tree Pastry
423 N Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

  1. c
    catbert Dec 28, 2010 05:22 PM

    i'm a bit confused. does this include moved? because jazz cat cafe reopened across from the hawaii supermarket

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    1. re: catbert
      Chandavkl Dec 28, 2010 05:46 PM

      But they did change the name to Jazz Cat Restaurant from Jazz Cat Cafe and are in a different city, too.

      Jazz Cat Cafe
      640 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803

      1. re: catbert
        JThur01 Dec 28, 2010 07:27 PM

        Jazz Cat opened in San Gabriel in '09, closed the Alhambra branch this year.

        Bradbury, thanks for the addition. Where can one find these health license listings?

        1. re: JThur01
          ipsedixit Dec 28, 2010 07:43 PM

          You mean this? http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/...

          1. re: ipsedixit
            JThur01 Dec 29, 2010 04:18 PM

            I was hoping to find what Bradbury was referring to, something that gave date of opening.

            1. re: JThur01
              Bradbury Dec 29, 2010 04:53 PM

              Most restaurants have a copy of their various licenses hanging somewhere (often a very hard-to-find somewhere) for public review. Health licenses might not be the best place to look if a place has been open a long time, as I believe they need to be updated annually. But building permits, DBA notices, etc. should give at least a rough sense of when a place opened.

              I don't know of a comprehensive online resource for dates of opening, but then I haven't really looked for one either, so perhaps something of the sort exists (?)

      2. b
        Bradbury Dec 28, 2010 09:55 AM

        One more good one I somehow forgot: Tacos Ensenada Seafood on Huntington Drive in Duarte (opened in February, at least according to their health license).

        Whether or not it deserved its place on LA mag's Top 10 Mexican list can be debated by reasonable people, but it's still the best fish tacos I've found this side of Ricky's.

        1. j
          JThur01 Dec 24, 2010 12:48 PM

          Did King's Cup even make it into 2010?

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          1. re: JThur01
            Chandavkl Dec 24, 2010 01:55 PM

            Yes. I ate there in mid-January when they first opened up.


            1. re: Chandavkl
              JThur01 Dec 24, 2010 02:02 PM

              Very good. Thank you Chandavkl. I planned on seeking out that post. Ah, January 19, I knew it was close to the line. Glad I remembered that much!

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            Chandavkl Dec 24, 2010 10:26 AM

            Li Jiang is gone. It's a Vietnamese place now.

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            1. re: Chandavkl
              JThur01 Dec 24, 2010 12:37 PM

              Yep, that's why Li Jiang is under "Closings" in my original post. Thanks again for the list. Truly mind boggling.

              What's even more stunning is that there was a short period of "stability" - well, in terms of the SGV anyway.

            2. ipsedixit Dec 23, 2010 04:34 PM

              I'm afraid that by the time this list is compiled, it will be outdated ...

              This would be a perfect Xmas present for Sisyphus.

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              1. re: ipsedixit
                JThur01 Dec 23, 2010 05:29 PM

                Wow...thanks Peripatetic, Bradbury, Chandavkl, raytamsgv. Exactly what I was looking for. I'm having to do a couple of list compilations (the other unrelated to food) and my brain is kind of overwhelmed.

                And, ipsedixit, I know exactly what you mean, but so long as it's as accurate as possible...as of that date, it'll have to do. It only works as it's a list for the given year, past that...I wouldn't want to tackle a running one.

                1. re: JThur01
                  ipsedixit Dec 23, 2010 06:44 PM

                  Ok, I'll play.


                  Canton Gourmet and Bakery (aka Beijing Pie), Monterey Park
                  Oh! Crab, Hacienda Heights
                  House of Mandarin Noodle, Temple City
                  A Golden House, Temple City
                  Red Door Hot Pot, Arcadia
                  Spring Wave, San Gabriel
                  Jasmine Cafe, San Gabriel
                  FFY Noodle House, Rowland Heights
                  Suit Ur Buds, Rowland Heights
                  Flavr Lounge, Covina


                  Susie's Kitchen, Temple City
                  Look You Fan Dim, Monterey Park
                  Red Corner, Monterey Park

                  1. re: ipsedixit
                    odub Dec 24, 2010 09:47 AM

                    What I want to know is which of these new restaurants are worth helping keep open through 2011!

                    1. re: odub
                      ipsedixit Dec 24, 2010 10:15 AM

                      From the running list thus far,

                      I'm pulling for the following:

                      Canton Gourmet and Bakery
                      Huge Tree Pastry

                      The rest is just sort of background noise ... like the stuff you hear in elevators.

                      1. re: ipsedixit
                        andytseng Jan 1, 2011 10:53 AM

                        I go to Huge Tree about twice a week to pick up some breakfast on the way to work, but I never see anyone else in there. I'm hoping they can survive until people start moving into the complex (who knows how long that will be though), and maybe their business will pick up.

                    2. re: ipsedixit
                      JThur01 Dec 24, 2010 12:38 PM

                      Thanks for playing ipse.

                2. raytamsgv Dec 23, 2010 09:56 AM

                  Some more openings:

                  Capital Seafood: Huntington Dr., Arcadia
                  Pioneer Buffet and Grill: Huntington Dr., Arcadia (I not completely sure it opened in 2010)
                  B-Mans: Mountain Ave., Duarte
                  Qdoba: Mountain Ave., Duarte
                  Golden House: Las Tunas Dr., Temple City
                  Kang Kang Food Court: Las Tunas Dr., Temple City
                  Shanghai Kitchen: Las Tunas Dr., Temple City
                  Bull Demon King: Temple City Blvd., Temple City


                  Tony Romas: Huntington Dr., Arcadia (replaced by Capital Seafood)
                  Hanabi: Las Tunas Dr., Temple CIty (replaced by Shanghai Kitchen)

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                    Chandavkl Dec 23, 2010 09:52 AM

                    You had to ask, didn't you?

                    King's Cup, 1718 New Ave., opened and closed (replaced by Omar)
                    L.A. Bistro, 7540 E. Garvey, opened and closed, replaced by Sun City Seafood
                    Haige Star Blvd., in Rowland Heights Hong Kong Plaza, replacing 1 Sun Taiwan BBQ
                    Flavor of Beijing, Suit Ur Buds, both in Rowland Heights Diamond Plaza, latter replacing Green Village
                    O T Kitchen, Garvey in Monterey Park, replacing Hometown Kitchen
                    Bull Demon King, Temple City Bl., Temple City, replacing Da Ke Yi
                    Hong Kong Fusion, 230 N. Garfield, open and closed, replacing some kind of cafe, replaced by Thai restaurant
                    18 Plus Garden, 10131 E. Valley, El Monte, open and closed replaced by Liang's Kitchen
                    oShan Island/Hainan Chicken, next to Luscious Dumplings
                    Veggie World (Vietnamese vegetarian) 321 W. Garvey, Monterey Park, replacing H C Shanghai
                    Fitration Kitchen, Atlantic Bl., Monterey Park
                    Ace Kitchen, Garvey and Garfield, Monterey Park, replacing Noodle Island
                    Capital Seafood, Huntington Dr., Arcadia
                    Go Go Chicken, Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, replacing Noodle Island
                    Chans Paris N, Duarte Rd., Arcadia
                    Raymond's Fine Dining, Main and Garfield, Alhambra, replacing Hop Woo
                    Best Time, 247 E. Main, Alhambra, replacing some other Taiwanese pub
                    New Lucky Seafood, Monterey Park, replacing Lucky City
                    Noodle Boy, in the Tip Top shopping center, San Gabriel
                    Tasty Noodle in the 99 Ranch shopping center, Hacienda Heights
                    Sweet Aroma Cafe, opened and closed, Las Tunas and Mission, San Gabriel, replacing Noodle Island
                    DNA Grill, 250 W. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel, replacing Fisherman's Wharf
                    Q Q Taiwanese Vegetarian, Temple City, replacing Q Q Kitchen
                    Happy Tea, Las Tunas and Mission, San Gabriel, replacing another snack shop
                    A Golden House, Kang Kang Food Court and Shanghai Kitchen all opened on Las Tunas in Temple City

                    Luscious Dumplings
                    704 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776

                    99 Ranch
                    17713 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA

                    Hop Woo Restaurant
                    1 W Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801

                    Lucky City Restaurants
                    415 W Garvey Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91754

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

                    Flavor of Beijing
                    1388 Fullerton Rd, Rowland Heights, CA 91748

                    Liang's Kitchen
                    750 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

                    Diamond Plaza
                    1380 Fullerton Rd, Rowland Heights, CA 91748

                    Go Go Chicken
                    921 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

                    Sun City Seafood
                    7540 Garvey Ave, Rosemead, CA 91770

                    Chans Paris N
                    713 W Duarte Rd, Arcadia, CA 91007

                    Kang Kang Food Court
                    9618 Las Tunas Dr, Temple City, CA

                    1. b
                      Bradbury Dec 23, 2010 09:36 AM

                      Three I can think of near my mom's pad in Monrovia:

                      T. Phillips (not recommended)
                      London Gastropub (good beer, food can be hit-or-miss)
                      Market Grill (*highly* recommended, though actually opened late '09 I think)

                      The Market Grill
                      525 S Shamrock Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016

                      1. Peripatetic Dec 23, 2010 02:34 AM

                        Also . . .



                        Pho Minh (El Monte)


                        1. Peripatetic Dec 23, 2010 02:16 AM

                          Great list! Suggested additions:



                          New Chong Qing (second location, opened March 2010)
                          1468 E Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801

                          Banh Mi Che Cali (fourth SGV location, opened May 2010, previously Daiyu Market)
                          7968 Garvey Ave, Rosemead, CA 91770

                          Tip Top sandwiches (first SGV location, opened Feb 2010)
                          8522 Valley Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770
                          (Note: HIGHLY UNRECOMMENDED)

                          Curry House (additional location, opened Oct 2010)
                          Atlantic Times Square

                          Phoenix Food Boutique (additional location, opened Nov 2010)
                          Atlantic Times Square

                          Lees Sandwiches (additional location, opened Nov 2010)
                          Atlantic Times Square

                          Happy Family (additional location, opened Dec 2010?)
                          Atlantic Times Square



                          Yi Mei Pastry (closed April 2010 due to fire, reopened as Huge Tree Pastry)


                          Is your list principally for west of the 605? If not, there are some openings/closings mentioned in this thread that aren't listed:


                          . . . and also:

                          Tea Eggs
                          Food court at 18457 Colima Rd, Rowland Heights, CA
                          - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/707775

                          Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot & Grill (opened May or June 2010)
                          1655 S Azusa Ave, Hacienda Heights, CA 91745

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