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Empress Pavilion Space

Chandavkl Feb 24, 2014 10:18 PM

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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    chrishei Feb 24, 2014 10:57 PM

    Is Ocean Seafood moving from that monster space?

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      Johnny L Feb 25, 2014 10:32 PM

      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. J.L. Feb 25, 2014 11:56 PM

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

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          kevin Feb 26, 2014 06:52 AM

          Sea Harbor Westside ????????

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            kevin Feb 26, 2014 06:53 AM

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

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              chrishei Feb 26, 2014 08:53 AM

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

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                ipsedixit Feb 26, 2014 10:08 AM

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

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                  J.L. Feb 26, 2014 10:44 AM

                  Yeah, baby.

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                    kevin Feb 26, 2014 05:46 PM

                    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 ?

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                  jesstifer Feb 26, 2014 10:38 AM

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

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                    Chandavkl Feb 26, 2014 11:26 AM

                    Ocean Seafood

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                      kevin Feb 26, 2014 05:47 PM

                      What's the difference ?

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                        Chandavkl Feb 26, 2014 08:03 PM

                        One star

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                          J.L. Feb 26, 2014 11:46 PM

                          :-D

                3. Chandavkl Feb 27, 2014 08:12 PM

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

                  http://www.latimes.com/food/dailydish...

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                    J.L. Feb 27, 2014 08:27 PM

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

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                      Johnny L Feb 28, 2014 12:09 AM

                      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".

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                        Chandavkl Feb 28, 2014 08:53 AM

                        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.

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                          chrishei Feb 28, 2014 08:59 AM

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

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                            kevin Feb 28, 2014 11:05 AM

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

                      2. wienermobile Mar 3, 2014 12:35 PM

                        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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                          J.L. Mar 3, 2014 06:24 PM

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

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                            wienermobile Mar 3, 2014 06:40 PM

                            ????http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Lau

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                              J.L. Mar 3, 2014 07:04 PM

                              That link was just for kevin, right?

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                                wienermobile Mar 3, 2014 08:21 PM

                                Yes.

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                                  kevin Mar 3, 2014 09:17 PM

                                  Thanks guys.

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                                    chewbacca Mar 4, 2014 08:50 AM

                                    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.

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                                      wienermobile Mar 4, 2014 08:52 AM

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

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                                        Chandavkl Mar 4, 2014 08:58 AM

                                        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.

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                                          chrishei Mar 4, 2014 09:06 AM

                                          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.

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                                            J.L. Mar 4, 2014 12:41 PM

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

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                                              chrishei Mar 4, 2014 01:33 PM

                                              I know, right?

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                                                kevin Mar 4, 2014 04:03 PM

                                                But there's only one kevin.

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                                                  J.L. Mar 4, 2014 05:16 PM

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

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