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Jul 27, 2013 04:30 PM

Tough Times In Chinatown--Hoy King Is Gone

As indicated in today's front page L.A. Times story on Chinatown, things are tough for traditional Chinese restaurants in Chinatown. After a dozen years, Hoy King on Ord (right next to ABC) is gone, the space now for rent. While not one of Chinatown's stars, they were capable of good stuff, though maddeningly inconsistent at times. That location has been a restaurant for decades, the earliest I remember being Chung Mee, so hopefully we'll have a replacement soon.

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  1. I used to get double orders of salted fish with steamed ground pork to go there but very rarely at in. The place was absolutely filthy. Feel bad for the owner Fong. Nice guy and family.

    1. Can there be a "Chinatown" without Chinese businesses?

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        there will be soon enough.
        Stay tuned!
        You have just seen the tip of the iceberg as to the changes in Chinatown.
        In 5 years, you will not recognize the place, and that is the good news.

        1. re: carter

          The gentrification/revitalization planned for Chinatown won't necessarily bring or create a Chinese clientele.

          You'll have more Chynna than Hop Woo -- not that's necessarily a bad (or good) thing, just different.

        2. re: ipsedixit

          Well as Portland, Montreal and even Los Angeles Chinatown in the 40s, 50s and early 60s showed, you can have a Chinatown without Chinese oriented businesses and Chinese consumers. But you've been to Washington DC and seen how it goes when the Chinese operated businesses leave.

          1. re: Chandavkl

            But you've been to Washington DC and seen how it goes when the Chinese operated businesses leave.

            Yeah, esp. when the best restaurant in DC Chinatown is nothing even remotely Chinese.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              Oh, you must mean Hooters, or "Owl Cafe" as the Chinese signage would be translated.

          2. re: ipsedixit

            It's not unusual. Look at DC's Chinatown. The gateway is surrounded by Starbucks, CVS, and other American businesses. The only Chinese thing about them is the Chinese spelling of their names.

          3. A good start would be better parking.

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            1. re: A5 KOBE

              You could take the Gold Line. It's always the best way to get to Chinatown, Even if you just park at Union Station to take it.

              1. re: A5 KOBE

                Well the Empress Pavilion location was a CRA project that was developed as a parking facility first. I presume there's a lot of spaces there right now.

              2. Sadly, I'm glad they shuttered. The last time I dined here, about 8 months ago, it was dirty, flies were swarming around the dining room, no a/c. It just became unappealing, unlike the better times during the last decade...