500 N. Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park, California
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Jim Thurman

The wave of international chains coming to L.A. continues with the opening of the first official U.S. location of PappaRich in Monterey Park. A Malaysian comfort-food chain with over 100 outlets in nine countries, PappaRich hopes to popularize Malaysian cuisine through its homestyle, Denny's-like restaurants stateside. If you’re not familiar with Malaysian cuisine, what can you expect? Expect one of the most complex and fascinating cuisines to be found. Due to historic migrations and its geographical location – at the southeast tip of mainland Asia along the historic spice trade route, Malaysian food combines Malay, Chinese and Indian influences. Some of you in Pasadena and Koreatown are wondering how this can be a first, since you recently had places sharing the name. The Pasadena location (which closed last October) was unaffiliated with the full restaurant concept, while the Ktown location (which closed in February) was a Café PappaRich, a different concept with a smaller menu that was being tried out. In a space at Atlantic Times Square that formerly housed a Johnny Rockets, the Monterey Park location becomes the first proper PappaRich and their U.S. flagship restaurant.

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