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2013 San Gabriel Valley Restaurant Openings and Closings

Chengdu Taste, Alhambra

Jim ThurmanChengdu Taste, Alhambra

When compiling the annual list of restaurant openings and closings in the San Gabriel Valley, the sheer magnitude of the restaurant scene and apparent foolhardiness of trying to chronicle it becomes quickly apparent. But, thanks to David Chan's record-keeping, Tony Chen's Meanwhile, In The SGV updates at Eater LA and our own legwork, for the fourth year we've put together such a list.

Amid the usual slew of new hot pot and boba places, 2013 saw the arrival of a restaurant focusing on Hunan-style noodles, three more Burmese restaurants, Peruvian-Chinese cuisine, a duck bits parlor and a restroom themed-Taiwanese café.

Among the notable openings, the return of the inspired Taiwanese cuisine of BeBe Fusion was welcome, as was expansion of MonJa TaiKer to Rosemead. But, the standout was Chengdu Taste, which made our list of L.A.'s 10 Best New Restaurants. While not the first Chengdu-style restaurant in the SGV, nor the first to serve a Sichuan-style rabbit dish, Chengdu Taste does sublime versions of common dishes along with items you'll truly only find there.

Among the notable closures this year were Yu Garden and Michelle's Pancake, the phantom-like Monterey Park location of Chengdu-style Shufeng Garden, the collapse of the Liang's Kitchen empire and Fortune Dumpling, a one-time favorite in its 10053 Dumpling iteration.

Opened in 2013:

101 Noodle Express and Grill: 500 N. Atlantic Blvd., Monterey Park; 626-281-6888.

50 Fans: 1328 E. Valley Blvd., Alhambra; 626-576-1898.

A Li Shan: 8772 E. Valley Blvd., Rosemead; 626-280-8389.

A One BBQ: 1261 E. Valley Blvd., Alhambra.

A Tea Yogurt: 137 W. Main St., Alhambra; 626-300-0194.

Ahgoo's Kitchen: 10053 Valley Blvd., El Monte; 626-455-0930.

BeBe Fusion: 201 E. Bay State St., Alhambra; 626-284-1288.

Benten Ramen: 821 W. Las Tunas Dr., San Gabriel; 626-910-5075.

Blockheads Shavery: 12 W. Main St., Alhambra; 626-282-8727.

Bodhi Veggie Cuisine: 3643 Rosemead Blvd., Rosemead; 626-569-9888.

Boiling Noodles: 1512 E. Amar Rd., West Covina; 626-964-4090.

Boiling Point: 1370 Fullerton Rd., Rowland Heights; 626-810-2111.

Caffé Italiano: 7 S. 2nd St., Alhambra; 626-570-8262.

Canoodles: 1935 S. Atlantic Blvd., Monterey Park; 323 881-9898.

Cha Cha Chili: 640 W. Valley Blvd., Alhambra; 626-458-3446.

Chengdu Taste: 828 W. Valley Blvd., Alhambra; 626-588-2284.

Chinese Burritos & Noodle House: 1247 N. Grand Ave., Walnut; 909 895-4878.

Chunwei Kitchen: 818 E. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel; 626-280-8088.

Da Qing Hua: 706 W. Las Tunas Dr., Suite B2-B4, San Gabriel; 626-293-8098.

Daw Yee Myanmar Café: 111 N. Rural Dr., Monterey Park; 626-573-8080.

De Café Baristas: 500 N. Atlantic Blvd., Suite 121, Monterey Park; 626-872-6302.

Dip's Grill: 39 W. Main St., Alhambra; 626-284-3477.

EZ Tea Station: 8522 E. Valley Blvd., Rosemead; 626-280-1618.

Feng Wei BBQ: 133 W. Garvey Ave., Monterey Park; 626-307-7405.

Fuji West: 927 E. Las Tunas Dr., Suite J & K, San Gabriel; 626-286-1999.

Gomaichi: 816 S. Atlantic Blvd., Monterey Park; 626-281-6050.

Grill 'Em All: 19 E. Main St., Alhambra; 626-284-2874.

Hai Di Lao Hot Pot: 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; 626-445-7232.

Hainan Chicken Restaurant: 19255 Colima Rd., Rowland Heights; 626-388-8600.

Hot Spot: 18246 E. Gale Ave., Rowland Heights; 626-965-6969.

Hunan Restaurant: 127 S. San Gabriel Blvd., San Gabriel; 626-287-1436.

ID Cha House: 931 W. Duarte Rd., Monrovia; 626-446-6777.

Jackpot Hot Pot: 523 San Gabriel Blvd., San Gabriel; 626-286-8775.

Jiang Xi: 206 S. Garfield Ave., Monterey Park; 626-280-7430.

Kim Kee Noodle Café: 1281 E. Valley Blvd., Alhambra; 626-282-8878.

Little Q Restaurant: 1380 Fullerton Rd., Rowland Heights; 626-810-6380.

Magic Restroom Café: 18558 Gale Ave. #222, City of Industry; 626-664-3766.

Ming Yuen: 10053 Valley Blvd., Suite 2-3, El Monte; 626-433-0498.

Miss Bun-Bo-Hue: 9805 Garvey Ave., S. El Monte; 626-444-4166.

MonJa TaiKer, 8150 E. Garvey Ave. #101, Rosemead; 626-307-7330.

MYC House: 227 W. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel; 626-300-3979.

New Bay Seafood: 203 W. Valley Blvd., Alhambra; 626-872-6677.

New Moon Restaurant: 2148 Huntington Dr., San Marino; 626-284-8877.

New Noodle Garden: 2124 S. Hacienda Blvd., Hacienda Heights.

New Tasty: 301 E. Valley Blvd., Alhambra; 626-300-9922.

Nha Hang Lu: 10343 Garvey Ave., El Monte; 626-453-8828.

Nha Trang: 417 W. Main St., Alhambra; 626-588-2833.

Niko Niko Sushi: 2000 S. Atlantic Blvd., Monterey Park; 323-727-2700.

Niko Niko Tea Bar & Noodle House: 172 E. Valley Blvd.; San Gabriel; 626-872-0113.

Noodles King: 8632 E. Valley Blvd., Suite J, Rosemead; 626-288-2698.

Oh Village: 10131 E. Valley Blvd., El Monte; 626-401-2889.

Oo-Kook Korean BBQ: 5405 Rosemead Blvd., San Gabriel; 626-286-8837.

Pan Pan Xian: 331 W. Garvey Ave., Suite D, Monterey Park; 626-716-8627.

Pho Filet #2: 2643 San Gabriel Blvd., Rosemead; 626-280-1899.

Pho Ha Long: 533 S. Del Mar Ave., San Gabriel; 626-282-1911.

Phong Dinh Restaurant: 107 E. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel; 626-307-8868.

Pieology Pizzeria: 17525 Colima Rd., City of Industry; 626-839-6777.

Pieology Pizzeria: 505 N. Grand Ave., Suite E, Walnut; 909 594-3988.

R2 Kazoku: 162 W. Valley Blvd. San Gabriel; 626-888-9602.

Ruby BBQ: 9567 E. Garvey Ave. Suite 1 & 2, S. El Monte; 626-279-6854.

Rutsu 18, 645 E. Main St., Alhambra; 626-458-8388.

Sakura Sushi Restaurant: 215 E. Foothill Blvd., Monrovia; 626-358-8258.

Saladfarm: 301 W. Main St., Alhambra; 626-500-0010.

Seoul Tofu Restaurant: 141 N. Atlantic Blvd. #200, Monterey Park; 626-943-7765.

ShanDong Dumplings: 227 W. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel; 626-308-3777.

Shanghai Dumpling House: 227 W. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel; 626-282-1348.

Shen Yang Restaurant: 639 W. Garvey Ave., Monterey Park; 626-576-9088.

Simply Noodles: 17170 Colima Blvd; Hacienda Heights; 626-964-8588.

Smelly Pot: 17987-17999 Keystone St., City of Industry; 626-810-1351.

Snow House Tea Bar: 123 E. Valley Blvd., Suite 108, San Gabriel; 626-280-8993.

Spice Spirit: 216 W. Garvey Ave., Suite A, Monterey Park; 626-991-8188.

Tai Fung Pancake House: 18558 E. Gale Ave., City of Industry; 626-581-3776.

Tai-Kadai Kitchen: 8877 Valley Blvd., Rosemead; 626-872-0026.

Taiwan Banquet: 1380 S. Fullerton, Unit 105, Rowland Heights; 626-839-9889.

Tantawan Thai Kitchen: 9000 E. Garvey Ave., # C & D, Rosemead; 626-288-1527.

The Golden Owl Restaurant: 16423 Maplegrove St., La Puente; 626-917-1135.

The Grids: 1468 E. Valley Blvd., Alhambra; 626-289-4000.

Three Travellers Hot Pot Restaurant: 128 N. Garfield Ave., Monterey Park; 626-716-6883.

Tokyo Fried Chicken: 122 S. Atlantic Blvd., Monterey Park; 626-282-9829.

UR Space: 9619 Las Tunas Dr., Temple City; 626-237-0133.

Xi'an Kitchen: 18213 E. Gale Ave., City of Industry; 626-965-9000.

Xing Long: 240 W. Main St., Alhambra; 626-300-3990.

Yogurtland: 927 E. Las Tunas Dr., San Gabriel; 626-281-2500.

Yummy Tea House: 525 W. Valley Blvd., Alhambra; 626-289-8966.

Zoe Café: 1412 E. Valley Blvd., Alhambra; 626-872-1730.

Closed in 2013:

100 Dumpling House: 331 W. Garvey Ave., Suite D, Monterey Park.

Ah Sham Tseng: 203 W. Valley Blvd., Alhambra.

Bella Napoli Trattoria & Pizza: 505 N. Grand Ave., Suite E, Walnut.

Big 3 Seafood: 240 W. Main St., Alhambra.

Bun Bun Teahouse: 651 W. Duarte Rd., Arcadia.

Canoodles: 46 W. Valley Blvd., Alhambra (relocated).

Cha Bei Bei Tea House: 1328 E. Valley Blvd., Alhambra.

Chung King: 206 S. Garfield Ave., Monterey Park (not to be confused with Chung King in San Gabriel).

Crazy Crab: 523 San Gabriel Blvd., San Gabriel.

Curry & BBQ Plu$: 9567 E. Garvey Ave., Suite 1 & 2, S. El Monte.

Dandi's Family Restaurant: 533 S. Del Mar Ave., San Gabriel.

Dip's Grill: 1412 E. Valley Blvd., Alhambra (relocated).

Dumpling Master: 2124 S. Hacienda Blvd., Hacienda Heights.

Face Café: 301 E. Valley Blvd., Alhambra.

Fortune Dumpling: 500 N. Atlantic Blvd., Monterey Park.

Golden Shanghai: 828 W. Valley Blvd., Alhambra.

Good Life Tea House: 8522 E. Valley Blvd., Suite A106, Rosemead.

Haige Star Boulevard: 172 E. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel.

Hot Space Restaurant: 9961 Valley Blvd., Suite B, El Monte.

Hunan Seafood: 8772 E. Valley Blvd., Rosemead.

Kim Fung Restaurant: 128 N. Garfield Ave., Monterey Park.

King Hao Chinese Restaurant: 215 E. Foothill Blvd., Monrovia.

Krung Thep Thai Cuisine: 500 N. Atlantic Blvd. #127, Monterey Park.

La Kaffa: 17987-17999 Keystone St., City of Industry.

Liang's Kitchen: 10131 E. Valley Blvd., El Monte.

Liang's Kitchen: 227 W. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel.

Love Sandwiches: 10053 Valley Blvd., El Monte.

Michelle's Pancake: 18558 E. Gale Ave., City of Industry.

Michelle's Pancake: 706 W. Las Tunas Dr., Suite B2-B4, San Gabriel.

My Way Hot Pot: 1261 E. Valley Blvd., Alhambra.

Old Chong Qing: 1468 E. Valley Blvd., Alhambra.

Park Avenue Restaurant: 855 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia.

Pho 89: 8150 E. Garvey Ave #101, Rosemead.

Pho Icon: 9000 E. Garvey Ave., # C & D, Rosemead.

Pho Valley: 8632 E. Valley Blvd., Suite J, Rosemead.

Phong Dinh Restaurant: 2643 San Gabriel Blvd., Rosemead.

Ray Ray's Eat To The Beat: 1900 W. Valley Blvd., Alhambra.

Shanghai Village: 1281 E. Valley Blvd., Alhambra.

Shufeng Garden: 639 W. Garvey Ave., Monterey Park (Rowland Heights still open).

Sizzling King: 525 W. Valley Blvd., Alhambra.

Sugar Spice Café: 227 W. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel.

Tamaya Ramen: 645 E. Main St., Alhambra.

Tay Do Quan Hy: 9805 Garvey Ave., S. El Monte.

The Open Door: 122 S. Atlantic Blvd., Monterey Park.

Tokyo Ramen: 812 S. Atlantic Blvd., Monterey Park.

Ton Chan Ramen: 821 W. Las Tunas Dr., San Gabriel.

Ton Ten Ko: 162 W. Valley Blvd. San Gabriel.

Yi's Kitchen: 818 E. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel.

Yu Garden: 107 E. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel.

Yue Lai : 107 E. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel.


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