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2011 in the San Gabriel Valley: A List of Restaurant Openings + Closings

Lamb soup with knife cut noodles, Shaanxi Gourmet, Rosemead
Lamb soup with knife cut noodles, Shaanxi Gourmet, Rosemead
Jim Thurman

2011 in the San Gabriel Valley restaurant scene witnessed the usual spate of openings and closings, some notable and some not so notable. With some 300+ Chinese restaurants alone, trying to compile a list of the year's openings and closings in the 626 area code was quite a task, but we managed it -- with some help from the kind folks at Chowhound and Tony Chen's updates at Eater LA.

Looking back on the area trends of 2011, an early surge of restaurants featuring Dongbei style cuisine was followed by the opening of more and more Sichuan style restaurants. Indeed, one restaurant opened Dongbei before switching to Sichuan in mere weeks. It was a year Xi'an cuisine debuted, a new duck specialist emerged, shaved snow spread rapidly westward and popular Taiwanese bakery and coffee chain, 85°C Bakery-Café, came to the area.

Dumpling 10053 closed only to re-open in a different location with a new name, Fortune Dumpling. Bamboodles closed to the dismay of its fans and the owner of Chuen Hing shuttered over the impending ban on their specialty, shark fin soup. It was a year when a place featuring Tianjin style breakfasts came and went so quickly as to become part of lore, a SGV Brigadoon. Turn the page for the list, and If we missed something, let us know in the comments or by e-mail.

Opened in 2011:

85°C Bakery-Café: 17170 Colima Rd., Hacienda Heights; (626) 839-7889

A B Shabu Shabu: 18217 E. Gale Ave., City of Industry; (626) 839-7733

A Ri Rang Tofu House: 529 E. Valley Blvd. Suite 128, San Gabriel; (626) 288-6069

A&J Hot Point: 8508 E. Valley Blvd. Suite 102, Rosemead; (626) 381-8816

Ah-Lien Hot Pot: 1722 Desire Ave. Suite 101, Rowland Heights; (626) 581-4372

Awesome Eatery: 501 W. Garvey Ave. Suite 101, Monterey Park; (626) 281-3218

Banh Mi Che Cali: 745 E. Garvey Ave., Monterey Park

BeBe Restaurant: 525 W. Valley Blvd., Alhambra; (626) 289-8966

BeBe Restaurant: 7637 Garvey Ave., Rosemead; (626) 280-3128

Beijing Duck House: 6420 Rosemead Blvd., San Gabriel; (626) 286-5508

Best House Noodle: 1015 S. Nogales Ave., Rowland Heights; (626) 964-6018

Best Noodle House: 3944 N. Peck Rd. Suite 7, El Monte; (626) 442-1610

Boat House: 1390 Fullerton Rd. Suite 102, Rowland Heights; (626) 581-3555

Bobee 5: 1756 S. Nogales St., Rowland Heights; (626) 810-6999

Boiling Point: 206 S. 1st Ave., Arcadia; (626) 461-6688

Boteco: 28 W. Main St., Alhambra; (626) 281-1777

Bun Bun Tea House: 651 W. Duarte Rd. Suite C, Arcadia; (626) 446-4168

Café 18: 18224 E. Gale Ave., City of Industry; (626) 348-6520

Cajun Symphony: 250 W. Valley Blvd. #J, San Gabriel; (626) 293-8338

Canoodles: 46 W. Valley Blvd., Alhambra; (626) 300-0010

Cha & Café: 10308 Lower Azusa Rd., El Monte; (626) 575-1861

Chi Hua Lou: 920 E. Garvey Ave., Monterey Park; (626) 288-2218

Ching Chang Wing Wang: 400 E. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel; (626) 486-9285

Chopsticks Kitchen: 10053 Valley Blvd. Suite 2, El Monte; (626) 350-0188

Classy Café Express: 18457 E. Colima Rd. Suite F, Rowland Heights; (626) 964-9900

Crazy Crab: 523 S. San Gabriel Blvd.: San Gabriel; (626) 292-1369

D'Ange Bakery: 800 W. Las Tunas Dr., San Gabriel; (626) 282-0808

Daikokuya: 1220 S. Golden West Ave., Arcadia; (626) 254-0127

Denmark Gefion Steakhouse: 120 N. San Gabriel Blvd., #C, San Gabriel; (626) 286-8512

Dorados: 440 S. Atlantic Blvd., Monterey Park; (626) 282-8784

Dragon Mark (English sign: P.P. Pop): 127 N. Garfield Ave., Monterey Park; (626) 307-7351

Easy Earthen: 18303 Colima Rd. Suite A, Rowland Heights; (626) 964-2800

Eat Cake Café: 19705 E. Colima Rd. Suite 6, Rowland Heights; (909) 468-2253

Factory Tea Bar: 323 S. Mission Dr., San Gabriel; (626) 872-2969

Flaming Spice Restaurant: 18518 E. Gale Ave., City of Industry; (626) 964-6569

Flavor Garden: 1269 E. Valley Blvd., Alhambra; (626) 284-3549

Fluff Ice: 500 N. Atlantic Blvd., Monterey Park; (626) 872-2123

Fortune Dumpling: 500 N. Atlantic Blvd. Suite #149, Monterey Park; (626) 293-8181

Fortune No 1: 138 E. Garvey Ave. #A, Monterey Park; (626) 569-9592

Fujin Ramen: 1017 S. Glendora Ave., West Covina; (626) 814-2020

Golden Spoon: 18347 Colima Rd., Rowland Heights; (626) 581-8951

Grandpa's Tea House: 1147 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia; (626) 574-1818

H&H Restaurant: 429 W. Garvey Ave., Monterey Park; (626) 569-0919

Hinotori: 713 W. Duarte Rd., Arcadia; (626) 348-8425

Honeyboba: 1 W. Duarte Rd. Suite A, Arcadia; (626) 446-9788

Honey Badger Café: 11 W. Main St., Alhambra; (213) 394-6639

Hot Pot Restaurant: 9510 E. Valley Blvd., Rosemead; (626) 350-0433

Hot Space Restaurant: 9961 Valley Blvd. Suite B, El Monte; (626) 579-9788

Ice Monster: 1220 S. Golden West Ave., Arcadia

Ish Kitchen: 5612 Rosemead Blvd., Temple City; (626) 309-1338

Jade House: 18207 E. Gale Ave., City of Industry; (626) 581-8695

Jasmin Garden: 987 S. Glendora Ave. Suite K, West Covina

Jazz Cat: 18588 Gale Ave, City of Industry; (626) 581-8588

Jin Yuan: 18228 Gale Ave, City of Industry; (626) 810-1200

JJ Bakery & Café: 18558 Gale Ave. Suite 168, City of Industry; (626) 965-1388

JJ Tea House: 417 S. San Gabriel Blvd., San Gabriel; (626) 286-2863

Krung Thep: 500 N. Atlantic Blvd. #127, Monterey Park; (626) 872-0230

Kula Sushi: 1370 Fullerton Rd., Rowland Heights; (626) 723-7837

Kun Ming Garden: 965 S. Glendora Ave., West Covina; (626) 337-1888

Lao Bian Dumpling: 800 W. Las Tunas Dr., San Gabriel; (626) 282-2620

Le Abré Tea House: 8508 E. Valley Blvd. Suite 101, Rosemead; (626) 307-8818

Liu Xiang Yuan: 704 W. Las Tunas Dr. Suite 5, San Gabriel; (626) 293-8839

Love Sandwiches: 10053 Valley Blvd., El Monte; (626) 455-0930

Lu's Garden: 921 S. Baldwin Ave. Suites #G & H, Arcadia; (626) 445-7662

Man's Tea House: 301 W. Valley Blvd. Suite 102, San Gabriel; (626) 872-6886

Manuel's Original El Tepeyac Café: 13131 Crossroads Pkwy. S., City of Industry; (562) 695-2277

Max's Mexican Cuisine: 1101 E. Huntington Dr., Monrovia; (626) 303-3330

Medium Rare Plus: 39 W. Main St., Alhambra; (626) 282-0600

Michelle's Pancake House: 18558 E. Gale Ave. Suite 270-272; City of Industry; (626) 965-5555

Monja: 18558 E. Gale Ave. Suite108, Rowland Heights; (626) 607-1088

Monterey Palace BBQ: 114 W. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel; (626) 571-0888

Nice Time Café: 500 N. Atlantic Blvd., Monterey Park; (626) 872-1658

O Taipei: 2430 Fullerton Rd., Rowland Heights; (626) 810-5558

Oh My Pan Bakery & Tea: 801 E. Valley Blvd. Suite 105-106, San Gabriel; (626) 307-7719

Onionhead: 18508 E. Gale Ave. Suite A, City of Industry; (626) 839-8811

Oto-Oto Restaurant: 929 W. Huntington Dr., Monrovia; (626) 359-3000

Pasta Joe's: 18222A E. Gale Ave., City of Industry; (626) 965-5566

Pho Valley: 8632 E. Valley Blvd. Suite J, Rosemead; (626) 573-9998

Ray Ray Restaurant: 127 E. Garvey Ave., El Monte; (626) 888-9729

Saka Seafood Buffet: 1655 S. Azusa Ave., Hacienda Heights; (626) 581-9893

Salju Dessert: 358 W. Valley Blvd., Alhambra; (626) 289-3578

Sao Lang: 737 E. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel

Saporous Grill: 639 W. Garvey Ave., Monterey Park; (626) 576-9088

Sena Bar/Eatery: 409 S. Myrtle Ave., Monrovia; (626) 359-9463

Shaanxi Gourmet: 8518 Valley Blvd. Suite 102, Rosemead; (626) 288-9886

Sham Tseng BBQ Shop: 634 W. Garvey Ave. Monterey Park; (626) 289-4858

Shanghai No. 1 Seafood Village: 250 W. Valley Blvd. #M, San Gabriel; (626) 288-1777

Shanghai Village: 1281 E. Valley Blvd., Alhambra; (626) 282-8878

Supreme Vegetarian Cuisine: 558 W. Las Tunas Dr., Arcadia; (626) 445-8882

Sweet Veggie: 18207 E. Gale Ave., City of Industry; (626) 581-8695

Taste of Chong Qing: 172 E. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel; (626) 288-1357

Taste of Shanghai: 1390 Fullerton Rd. Suite 101, Rowland Heights; (626) 810-8866

Tasty Station: 19035 Colima Rd., Rowland Heights; (626) 810-3600

Tasty Village: 140 W. Valley Blvd., Suite 209, San Gabriel; (626) 571-1178

Tay Do Quan Hy: 9805-9807 E. Garvey Ave.; El Monte; (626) 454-4889

Tea Time: 301 W. Valley Blvd. Suite 101, San Gabriel; (626) 282-5200

The Sakura: 8150 Garvey Ave., Suite 105, Rosemead; (626) 288-0770

Thousands Tasty: 535 W. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel; (626) 281-0788

Tofu King: 713 W. Duarte Rd., Arcadia; (626) 254-0223

Vino at Trios: 10 N. 1st St., Alhambra; (626) 284-4674

Wang Xing Ji: 140 W. Valley Blvd. Suite 211, San Gabriel; (626) 307-1188

Whatever Tea Lounge: 800 W. Las Tunas Dr. Suite 100, San Gabriel; (626) 289-1689

Why Thirsty: 7248 N. Rosemead Blvd., San Gabriel; (626) 292-5858

Wishing Tree: 141 N. Atlantic Blvd. Suite 110, Monterey Park; CA (626) 872-0302

Wistaria Restaurant & Bar: 44 N. Baldwin Ave., Sierra Madre; (626) 355-3155

Yi's Kitchen: 818 E. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel; (626) 307-5128

YOUnique Café: 220 W. Garvey Ave., Monterey Park; (626) 288-8383

Yum Cha Café: 987 S. Glendora Ave. Unit D, West Covina; (626) 338-8868

Yummy Restaurant: 2541 Rosemead Blvd., S. El Monte; (626) 401-0800

Yummy Yummy Seafood Buffet: 10632 Lower Azusa Rd., El Monte; (626) 575-1989

Closed in 2011:

1+1 Dumpling House: 1017 S. Glendora Ave., West Covina

15 Cats Café: 640A W. Valley Blvd., Alhambra

Ace Kitchen: 122 W. Garvey Ave. Suite B, Monterey Park

A&E Restaurant: 1269 E. Valley Blvd., Alhambra

Bamboodles: 535 W. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel

BeBe Restaurant: 525 W. Valley Blvd., Alhambra (Rosemead location open)

Beer Station: 1390 Fullerton Rd. Suite 102, Rowland Heights

Beijing Cuisine Garden: 965 S. Glendora Ave., West Covina

Bin Bin Konjac: 301 W. Valley Blvd. Suite 102, San Gabriel

Bun Rieu Quan: 7637 Garvey Ave., Rosemead

Cafe Nhac: 737 E. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel

Café Xpress: 500 N. Atlantic Blvd. Suite 109, Monterey Park

Captain Crab: 250 W. Valley Blvd. #J, San Gabriel

Chans Paris N: 713 W. Duarte Rd., Arcadia

Chuan Yu Noodles Town: 525 W. Valley Blvd., Alhambra

Chuen Hing Restaurant: 8450 Garvey Ave., Rosemead

Citi Café: 745 E. Garvey Ave., Monterey Park

Delicious Café: 10053 Valley Blvd., El Monte

Dumpling 10053: 10053 Valley Blvd. Suite 2, El Monte (relocated to Monterey Pk. as Fortune Dumpling)

Dumpling House Restaurant: 5612 Rosemead Blvd., Temple City

Food Cabin: 9510 E. Valley Blvd., Rosemead

Genki Living: 651 W. Duarte Rd., Arcadia

Go Go Chicken: 921 S. Baldwin Ave. #G and H, Arcadia

Good One Restaurant: 1281 E. Valley Blvd., Alhambra

Gourmet Island: 203 W. Valley Blvd., Alhambra

Happy Eating Restaurants: 140 W. Valley Blvd. Suite 211, San Gabriel.

Happy Tea: 800 W. Las Tunas Dr. Suite 100, San Gabriel

Hua Mei Szechuan Palace: 172 E. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel.

Little Java: 2099 S. Atlantic Blvd. Suite J, Monterey Park

Lu's Chinese Kitchen: 987 S. Glendora Ave. Suite K, West Covina

Memory Tea House: 301 W. Valley Blvd. Suite 102, San Gabriel

My Friends Oyster Bar & Brill: 523 S. San Gabriel Blvd., San Gabriel

Naga Naga Ramen: 46 W. Valley Blvd., Alhambra

P.P. Pop: 127 N. Garfield Ave., Monterey Park

Pho Xe Lua: 1015 S. Nogales St., Rowland Heights

Phong Dinh Restaurant: 501 W. Garvey Ave., Monterey Park

Quan Mien Trung: 8632 E. Valley Blvd. Suite J, Rosemead

Rainbow Noodle: 1281 E. Valley Blvd., Alhambra

Sam Woo Barbecue Shop: 634 W. Garvey Ave., Monterey Park

Shanghai Kitchen: 9679 Las Tunas Dr., Temple City

Spring Wave: 140 W. Valley Blvd. Suite 209, San Gabriel

Suit Ur Buds: 1390 Fullerton Rd., Rowland Heights

Tea Spots: 400 E. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel

Vegetarian Wok: 529 E. Valley Blvd., Suite 128, San Gabriel

Veggie World: 321A W. Garvey Ave., Monterey Park

West Coast Seafood Buffet: 1655 S. Azusa Ave., Hacienda Heights

Yu Pin: 535 W. Valley Blvd, San Gabriel


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