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Architecture & Design

Far East Building in Little Tokyo Gets Facelift

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Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 3:08 PM

click to enlarge The neon sign on the Chop Suey Cafe (formerly the Far East Cafe) - GUZZLE & NOSH
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  • The neon sign on the Chop Suey Cafe (formerly the Far East Cafe)
The Far East Building, home to the Chop Suey Café (a.k.a. the Far East Café) and some of the best neon signage in downtown Los Angeles, will be getting a facelift. Its brick walls, which were damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake, will finally be repaired thanks to a $7,500 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, according to Pacific Citizen.

The Far East Building, a Little Tokyo landmark that has been around since 1896, is actually comprised of three buildings that now house a handful of affordable housing units, the cafe and a computer learning center.

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