Big news for those who have missed the dim sum, fine Cantonese style dining and calming atmosphere of San Gabriel's Mission 261. After being closed for over a year during a dispute over an ongoing re-development plan--which has been discussed and revised multiple times--the restaurant plans on resuming operation on March 16th. Housed in an adobe style building in the historic Mission District, and located on the site of the original City Hall, the former Panchito's Restaurant offers several banquet rooms with a variety of decor and a patio shrouded by a grapevine from a cutting of the original Mission vine.
The restaurant will have a new dinner chef, but the dim sum chef known for creations such as rabbit-shaped custard dumplings and "butterfly" vegetable dumplings will be returning. The range of items, the chef-inspired dishes, and the consistency and high quality of the more traditional fare -- dumplings, pork bao, turnip cake, congee -- made the restaurant a favorite for the dim sum crowd.
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Mission 261: 261 S. Mission Dr., San Gabriel; 626-588-1666.