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Jan 12, 2012 11:43 AM

Shanghai Kitchen has closed (SGV/Temple City)

It has closed. I couldn't quite read all of the notice written in Chinese that was on the door, but it seems like they are looking for a new location.

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  1. That's bizarre. They've been there for like, one year? Leases usually run longer than that.

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    1. re: Chandavkl

      They've been there for almost two years. We talked with the owners of the previous restaurant (Hanabi) at that location. They told us that the landlord doubled the rent, so they had to close. Shanghai Kitchen moved in almost immediately, so I'm *guessing* they offered to pay a higher rent for that place so Hanabi would be forced to close.

      Based on the rent info, the amount of foot traffic, and the price of their dishes, I'm quite surprised they lasted as long as they did.

    2. It seems that location sucks for restaurants hoping something non-Chinese will pop up. Last thing we need is more of the same.

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      1. re: Johnny L

        The problem with the SGV is it lacks diversity. There is a bunch of cheapo Chinese restaurants but nothing like Melisse or Providence.

        1. re: sushigirlie

          One could say the same thing about the Westside.

          There is a bunch of cheapo of faux-Californian restaurants but nothing like Elite or Sea Harbour.

          The one thing that is great about the SoCal dining scene is that -- like the climate here -- there is a bunch of micro ethnic dining areas clustered all around the region.

          It's like Disneyland. You can go from Tomorrowland (e.g. SGV/Chinese) to Fantasyland (e.g. Westminster/Vietnamese) to Frontierland (Hollywood/Thai) etc. without ever leaving the area.

          1. re: sushigirlie

            The diversity actually is within the cheapo Chinese places, with a wide range of provinicial styles, down to individual cities in some cases.

            There also is Indonesian, Indian, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Mexican, Thai, American and Italian to be had in the SGV. If you stretch it to Pasadena, add in Afghani and Nepalese.

            Pretty damn diverse if you ask me.

            1. re: sushigirlie

              Sushigirlie: when you first started posting, I really did think you were a troll, and honestly, sometimes you really make me wonder still.

              There is nothing like Melisse or Providence in most suburban towns in the US, so nothing really surprising here. However, the towns in the SGV do offer an astonishing diversity of regional Chinese cuisines, which is something few other suburban areas in the US or Canada can offer, and there is also at least acceptable Mexican and Vietnamese food, as well as other cuisines (as mentioned by Jthur above). On top of that, that area is still only what -- 16 miles from Providence?

              Diversity doesn't mean that every style of cuisine in the universe has to be represented, and I think the restaurants in the area are appropriate to the demographics of the people who live in most of that area -- not only in terms of ethnic cuisines represented, but in terms of financial resources, and in terms of expectations. For example, even though there are people who can afford to eat expensive meals in the SGV, immigrants (even wealthy ones) may be looking for different things in a "high end" restaurant than you. Take a look at the d├ęcor of Shanghai #1, for example -- the decor may have cost a lot, but it's over the top and tacky, and probably wouldn't appeal to the folks who frequent Providence, but I think that for some folks who grew up without a lot of glitz and glamor, this is what "high-end" means, however much I might want to make fun of the chairs with spray-painted silver trim and faux-diamond buttons (if you take a look at the presentation of some of their dishes, though, there is a movement towards a more "modern" style of presentation, for example, the squid dish).

              Further, from your other posts, I know that you know there is more to the SGV than "a bunch of cheapo Chinese restaurants", so if you're not a troll, why are you being deliberately inflammatory. And, if you really feel this way, know that you are not the target demographic of restaurants in this area, so if you don't like it, go eat somewhere else.

          2. How this place survived as long as it did is something to be proud of in and of itself.