Lao dong beef noodles in Rowland Heights
> Seems to be a chain store from Taiwan.
Dating from 1950 no less:
Here's a thread about them on the China & Southeast Asia board:
There's always a chance it could be another 85C or Little Sheep pretender. Though the toque-wearing chef logo appears to be a pretty exact likeness.
Or similar to Hutong on Rowland Heights, has the potential to be quickly disowned by corporate headquarters in Taipei....just like Ay Chung noodle shuttering all US locations (despite the name being a very well known brand).
With regards to Din Tai Fung still surviving, the level of quality control/ISO 9001 certifications etc (like Little Sheep) and are probably held to a much higher coporate standard than many other places. 85C quality/standards are probably easier to control (since bakeries like Kee Wah already have the quality control down).
In Taipei, Lao Dong doesn't have the same brand name power as it used to. It is still considered respected to some degree, but there are way better beef noodle restaurants around (especially the mom & pop shops that do not have branches). As in the case of Chef Hung, importing a franchise over doesn't guarantee success, let alone quality.