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Feb 24, 2014 10:18 PM

Empress Pavilion Space

As mentioned a couple of weeks ago in a side note to a previous thread, a paper sign showed up on the door of the old Empress Pavilion space indicating that the premises were under renovation. There was no further explanation. Chinatown rumors are that Ocean Seafood will be opening up there in May. We'll see what happens.

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  1. Is Ocean Seafood moving from that monster space?

    1. Wow Ocean Seafood? Haven't been there in nearly 2 decades since I was a kid.

      I remember that space being pretty dam cool.

      I wonder what kind of rent deal they will get with the plaza, it can't be cheap to take over that space.

      1. The inevitable question is: Who then will take over the old Ocean Star space?

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          1. re: J.L.

            Btw what does inevitsbles mean ???????

            1. re: J.L.

              They should just make it an entire new plaza. It's a BIG space.

              1. re: J.L.

                The inevitable question is: Who then will take over the old Ocean Star space?


                  1. re: J.L.

                    I'm a Dames and Games guy myself but then again, I digress.

                    How's the food at Sam's Hofbrau ?????

                    Is it better than the rest of the peeler clubs in LA ?

                1. re: J.L.

                  A bit of confusion here. Ocean Star or Ocean Seafood?

                2. LA Times explains it. Ocean owner re-opening Empress Pavilion under old name. Ocean continues to operate where it is.


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                  1. re: Chandavkl

                    That makes great business sense. I wonder they will make as good dim sum as their business acumen.

                    1. re: Chandavkl

                      ugh Ocean is nothing special but who knows maybe he will hire a decent chef?

                      This might be a smart move if the price is right and Chinatown becomes the "it" weekend hangout spot as Downtown gets "cooler".

                      1. re: Johnny L

                        It does make sense in that the closing of Empress left a large void with regard to large banquet facilities. If you have an event for several hundred people you're currently stuck with Golden Dragon. You're right about the food. It's funny people are hoping that the quality of the new restaurant will match that of the old Empress Pavilion, where the old Empress got ripped pretty badly on this board and elsewhere.

                        1. re: Chandavkl

                          "You don't know what you got til it's gone."

                          1. re: Chandavkl

                            Maybe we can make this Chinatown into more of SGV type destination.

                      2. From LAist

                        Andy Lau, owner of Ocean Seafood, another dim sum restaurant farther south on Hill Street, will take over the second-floor Empress Pavilion space (and continue operating Ocean Seafood as well). Lau didn't immediately return a call for comment, but a manager at Ocean Seafood said that the new Empress Pavilion should be open in a couple of months.

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                        1. re: wienermobile

                          Andy Lau, as in the Asian movie star / pop star?

                            1. re: wienermobile

                              That link was just for kevin, right?

                                  1. re: J.L.

                                    Kevin and me too I guess. The same Andy Lau? I had no idea and am indeed impressed with his shirtless blue outfit in wiki.

                                    1. re: chewbacca

                                      Just so you know I have no idea if it's the same Andy Lau or not.

                                      1. re: wienermobile

                                        There are a relatively small number of Chinese surnames, particularly given the number of Chinese globally. Consequently there are many people running around with duplicate names. For example there are hundreds of people on Facebook with the same name as me.

                                        1. re: Chandavkl

                                          There are only a dozen or so w/ my name, and most are white for some reason...

                                          But yes, I would imagine Andy Lau being a VERY common name.

                                          1. re: chrishei

                                            What?! There is more than one Andy Lau on this planet?!

                                                1. re: kevin

                                                  In-f*ckin-deed, kev, in-f*ckin-deed...