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SGV 2012 - trends, most significant opening, biggest loss?

JThur01 Dec 17, 2012 04:30 PM

What do CHers familiar with the 626 scene think was the most significant opening, biggest departure (IOW, what place that closed do you think was the biggest/most significant loss to the area?). And, what about area trends for the year?

Any input and discussion will be appreciated. Full disclosure, this is for an article. The cumulative info will appear as an overview without direct quotes (sorry about that, that even applies to folks I'm asking specifically and individually!).

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    ns1 RE: JThur01 Dec 17, 2012 04:59 PM

    I'm still mourning the loss of Pho Minh, but Kim Ky Noodle House in it's spot aint bad.

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      jasongg06 RE: ns1 Dec 17, 2012 05:51 PM

      the shop is kim kee, not kim ky. different shops

    2. Chandavkl RE: JThur01 Dec 17, 2012 08:08 PM

      Offhand I can't think of really major openings (compared to, say Shaanxi Gourmet and Shanghai Seafood Village #1 in 2011). Perhaps geographic trends are more notable, i.e., places from the southern area opening branches in the SGV and the eastward march of the SGV towards Temple City, West Covina and Rowland Heights.

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        Johnny L RE: JThur01 Dec 18, 2012 12:17 AM

        This year was pretty middling. I have to say Curry Plu$ BBQ was the most surprising new find. They make a damn good Macau roast pork and Cantonese style char siu.

        1. Chandavkl RE: JThur01 Dec 18, 2012 12:58 PM

          Biggest loss for me by far was Yummy Yummy Seafood Buffet in El Monte.

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            TonyC RE: Chandavkl Dec 18, 2012 01:22 PM

            you must be joshing.

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              Chandavkl RE: TonyC Dec 18, 2012 01:29 PM

              No, really. Where else could you get AYCE beef dumplings? Probably the only time in the history of mankind.

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                TonyC RE: Chandavkl Dec 18, 2012 01:46 PM

                Why would one need/want AYCE dumplings? You don't even look like you eat much, chandav.

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                  ipsedixit RE: TonyC Dec 18, 2012 03:31 PM

                  David's gaunt appearance is exactly why he *needs* an AYCE dumpling option ...

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