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Jun 4, 2013 01:36 PM

WTF? Empress Pavillion shuttered.

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  1. That is a surprise. We've never eaten there for dim sum. Always been too busy and we didn't feel like waiting. Of course that was years ago before we stopped trying and instead headed to SGV for our dim sum fix.

    1. I never realized this, but according to the LA Times EP could seat 600 customers at a time.

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      1. re: wienermobile

        That's a heck of a lot of covers to fill.

        1. re: wienermobile

          And the lack of retail anchor stores.

          1. re: wienermobile

            While the seating was huge, in the past few years, they curtained off certain sections to not look so vastly empty.
            That whole project has been very tired for many years.
            Like with Roy Choi coming to Far East Plaza with Chego, there is a revolution slowly working its way into Chinatown.
            The Little Joe's project is undergoing construction in August, and projected to open in 2015, while several other retail projects are readying to open, and with them will come some new, and non-chinese food establishments.
            Last time I ate at EP, it was not impressive in the least. Seemed like staff and customers alike were all going through the motions.
            SGV has taken its toll as well.

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            1. Oh no. EP was always the good old standby place for breakfast after early mass at the LA Cathedral down the street especially before the crowds arrived. It was quick, cheap and consistent.

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              1. re: gdtobme

                Ocean Seafood is still there.

              2. I am surprised that other CH'rs haven't gotten in ahead of me with a link to the LA Weekly's Squid Ink report.

                Evidently it was an issue of the landlord's lack of building maintenance and the subsequent tenant's default on rent payment.


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                1. re: Gypsy Jan

                  Thanks! Looks like LAW's article just recaps the LAT article ( that is also linked to in the Eater link ns1 posted in the OP. (Not that that's a reason to not post the LAW article. I just hadn't seen it yet.)